Wood Stork

Bayou Sauvage is a winter home for this relatively rare wading bird, the only stork native to North America.

Learn more about the wood stork

Find Your Adventure

Breakfast with the Birds

Little Green Heron spearing a fish with its bill

Join refuge volunteers for a FREE guided nature adventure. Sundays, in February at 8 a.m. at the Ridge Trail boardwalk. Loaner binoculars available!

More about the program here.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Ridge Trail


Explore the forest and marshes of Bayou Sauvage on this 1/2 mile long loop trail and interpretive boardwalk.

A virtual hike on the interpretive boardwalk at Ridge Trail

Attention Young Artists

Jr Duck Stamppromo

Could your work be on the next Junior Duck Stamp? Support conservation, education, and the arts with a Junior Duck Stamp!

More About the Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Annual Christmas Tree Drop at Bayou Sauvage NWR


Each year in New Orleans, Christmas trees collected after the holidays are airlifted into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge as part of the annual Christmas Tree Drop. These dead trees will get a new life, helping protect the marsh from erosion.

Annual Christmas Tree Drop
Birds of the Refuge

A Bed and Breakfast for the Birds


Bayou Sauvage's marshes and waterways provide food and shelter for over 340 species of birds. From pelicans to phalaropes, buntings to buffleheads, there are always birds to see and hear on the Refuge.

Learn more about where to see birds on the Refuge

About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex

Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS