Friday, June 1, 2012

Yellow Rails and Rice Festival Registration Open

The fourth annual Yellow Rails and Rice Festival is scheduled for 24-28 October 2012. Designed with fun in mind, its primary goal is to provide participants a unique venue to view Yellow Rails while at the same time bringing birders and farmers together to realize the value to birds of the area’s “working wetlands.” The festival schedule is casual and participants can attend all field days (weather permitting) or come and go at their leisure. Leaders/facilitators are positioned at field sites and help participants spot birds as well as provide information or answer questions. In addition to visiting rice fields, participants can join trips to local points of interest, morning field trips to explore areas nearby, or two trips farther afield to the pineywoods or Cameron Parish coast on Saturday. These field trips highlight some of Louisiana’s other habitats and the birds associated with them. Many of the agencies and organizations that study, manage, and protect these areas also assist at the festival, as well as have information booths during the opening reception (icons displayed below) so that participants can learn more about their activities. Two workshops are also offered this year. Based in Jennings, participants are positioned in the heart of Cajun Country in Louisiana’s southwest prairie region, an area known for great birding, local cuisine, and a rich history and culture. (Text copied from website.)

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