|Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge|
Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1984. Its 15,000 acres are part of the largest bottomland hardwood swamp in the country. This beautiful swampland offers a multitude of recreational options. Hunting, fishing, hiking and some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in...
Breton National Wildlife Refuge
|Description: The Breton National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1904 and is the second oldest refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The refuge is comprised of a series of barrier islands including Breton Island and all of the Chandeleur Islands in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. It was formed from the remnants of the Mississippi River's former St.Bernard Delta, which was active 2000 years ago. The barrier islands size and shapes constantly are altered by tropical storms, wind, and tidal action.|
Wildlife to Watch: Breton NWR provides habitat for colonies of nesting wading birds and seabirds, as well as wintering shorebirds and waterfowl. Twenty-three species of seabirds and shorebirds frequently use the refuge, and 13 species nest on the various islands. The most abundant nesters are brown pelicans, laughing gulls, and royal, Caspian, and Sandwich terns. Waterfowl winter near the refuge islands and use the adjacent shallows, marshes, and sounds for feeding and for protection during inclement weather. Redheads and lesser scaup account for the majority of waterfowl use. Other wildlife species found on the refuge include nutria, rabbits, raccoons, and loggerhead sea turtles.
Special Tips: The refuge offers excellent fishing for redfish, speckled trout, flounder, sheephead, and numerous other saltwater species. Many anglers wade fish in the shallow flats around the islands. The nesting seabird colonies are posted as closed areas to the public to avoid any disturbance to them. Boating can be hazardous due to the weather and shallow water conditions, so be cautious and safe while enjoying the refuge.
Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Size: 18,273 acres
Closest Town: Boothville
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