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Features

News

Final Hunting and Fishing Package

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final hunting and fishing package for Bayou Teche NWR in Louisiana.

View the detailed information here . . .

Young Artists Wanted for Wild Things Youth Art Contest and Exhibition

Leopard Frog painting

Artists ages 5 thru 18 are invited to capture the plants, animals, and landscapes of Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges for the annual Wild Things Youth Art Contest.

More About the Wild Things Youth Art Competition

Birding the Refuge

Painted Bunting. Photo credit Jon Flores

Bayou Teche's bottomland hardwood forests and freshwater marshes provide food and shelter for many bird species. The forest habitat is especially important for neotropical migrants upon their spring return from Central and South America.

Learn More About Where to Birdwatch on the Refuge

Take a Virtual Tour of the Refuge

View from boat of entrance to Black Bear Bayou

Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on a virtual tour of Black Bear Bayou. Follow Black Bear Canal and see if you can spot the alligator sunning on a small island!

Take a Virtual Boat Tour of Black Bear Bayou
Paddling the Refuge

Paddling Bayou Teche

Spanish moss draped cypress trees, the graceful flight of a white egret against the blue sky, the sound of cicadas...this is the backdrop to a paddling adventure on Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge.

Bayou Teche Paddling and Hiking Trails Map

About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges

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

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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