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Event to Commemorate President Theodore Roosevelt’s Historic Journey to Breton National Wildlife Refuge



June 14, 2004

Audubon: John Bianchi, 212-979-3026
America’s Wetland Campaign: Angelica Contreras, 202-416-6116
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Tom MacKenzie, 404-679-7291
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Breton NWR, Byron Fortier, 985-882-2025, cell 504-722-110



Theodore Roosevelt IV – great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt
Bob Perciasepe, Chief Operating Officer, The National Audubon Society
Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Louisiana Governor’s Office


Day-long boat trip to Breton National Wildlife RefugeIncluding survey of pelican nesting colony (lunch included)


Friday, June 25, 2004
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Breton National Wildlife Refuge – off the coast of New Orleans, La.


To commemorate Roosevelt’s 1915 journey to Breton with friend John Parker (elected Louisiana Governor 1920)and William Sprinkle, National Audubon Society. It will also celebrateBreton’s important role protecting the endangered brown pelican -- Louisiana’s state bird -- and America’s disappearingcoastal wetlands. Parker was also a key figure in Roosevelt’s famous 1902 Mississippi bear hunt which led to the creation of the “Teddy Bear.”

Breton Refuge is America’s second national wildlife refuge. It was established by Roosevelt in October 1904.

Media is also invited to an evening reception hosted by Audubon and Louisiana Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities on Thursday June 24, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Monaco, 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.


  • VIPs surveyingendangered brown pelican nesting colony.
  • Thousands of nesting birds, including the largest concentration of nesting endangered brown pelicans in southeastern United States
  • B-Roll available: Historical film footage available of the original trip with President Theodore Roosevelt on Breton in 1915, and various seabirds -- then and now.


Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Hotel Monaco, ride or follow bus, or meet at boat ramp at Venice, La. at 8:45 a.m. Return scheduled for 4:00 p.m. to Venice. La. boat ramp. (Directions on website). Bus returns to Hotel Monaco at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP (limited boat seating) – Byron Fortier, Breton NWR, 985-882-2025, cell 504-722-1105.

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