12 Annual Eagle Expo & More

12th Annual Eagle Expo and More
February 16-18, 2017
Morgan City, Louisiana 70380

Join us for boat tours to view the American Bald Eagle, a birds of prey program, 
presentations on wildlife, a presentation with Bryan Piazza and fellowship.

Cajun Coast Eagle Expo Feb 16-18

 

Registration Form

Local Kids' Coloring Contest - Win a Giant, Stuffed Eagle!

EAGLE EXPO

The American Bald Eagle is a common visitor on the Cajun Coast. Join us to view these majestic birds perched in a tree, soaring overhead, tending their young or hunting for food. Our annual Eagle Expo includes boat tours into various waterways to view eagles, a Birds of Prey educational program, presentations on the American bald eagle, and other wildlife, a walking/hiking trail and a photography workshop. Admission and registration required. Separate registration for photography workshop.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wings to Soar presented by the Rotary Club of Morgan City - 6:30 pm

A lively and informational presentation by Wings to Soar with a variety of raptors including a Falcon, Hawk, Black Vulture and a Bald Eagle. Patterson Civic Center

Friday, February 17, 2017

Photography Workshop with CC Lockwood - Separate registration form required
Minimum of 10 students and maximum of 16, requires separate registration and payment. CC Lockwood will guide share tips on how to capture the American Bald Eagle and other wildlife. Workshop includes class instruction and field trip. 225-769-4766, cactusclyd©aol.com; msrafttrip©aol.com; CC Lockwood

Boat Tours - Friday, February 17, 2017
9 am- Boat Tour- Captain Ivy
10 am - Boat tour into the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge*
12 noon - Boat tour into the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge*
1 pm- Boat Tour -Choose tour with Captain Ivy, Captain John or LUMCON
*Will probably not see eagles on boat tour, but will see other wildlife.

Dinner and Presentation - 6:30 pm, Petroleum Club of Morgan City
Bryan Piazza, Director of the Freshwater and Marine Science of the Nature Conservancy and author of "The Atchafalaya River Basin - History and Ecology of an American Wetland" will discuss the Atchafalaya River Basin, the largest river swamp in the US, its conservation and restoration. **additional cost

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - Speakers & Breakfast, Petroleum Club of Morgan City 7:00 to 7:30 am - Breakfast, Petroleum Club of Morgan City
7:30 am to 12 pm - Seminars with guest speakers, Petroleum Club of Morgan City
7:30 am: Michael Seymour - Status of the Louisiana's Bald Eagles
8:30 am: Maggie McPherson - Surfing the Heat Wave or the Green Wave: How Will Different Types of Migrants Track Seasonal Resources in a Changing Climate?
9:30 am: Cathy DiSalvo - Birds and How to Attract them to Your Yard
10:30 am: LSU Raptor Program - Case Studies and resident birds

Boat Tour - Tour with Captain John - 9 am

Walking/Hiking Trail on the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge - 10 am

Boat Tour(s) with Cajun John, Captain Billy, Captain Ivy and LUMCON - 2:30 pm, 2 pm, 2:30 pm, 2:30 pm, respectively

Walking/Hiking Trail on Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge - 2:00 pm

Tours
Boat Tour # 1 - Captain John Burke of Cajun Riviera Tour de Swamp will guide guests into the Atchafalaya Basin to view the American Bald Eagle. The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest overflow swamp in the U.S. covering over 850,000 acres. The Basin includes 10 distinct aquatic & terrestrial habitats ranging from large rivers to backwater swamps. The Basin is most noted for its Cypress-Tupelo Gum swamp habitat and its Cajun heritage. The basin is home to over 170 bird species, 50 mammalian species, 40 reptilian species, 20 amphibian species and 100 species of fin fish and shellfish. It is an important wintering ground for the birds of the Mississippi Flyway and a major wintering concentration of Wood Ducks, Mallards and Woodcocks. Keep your eyes open to all types of wildlife! Covered flat bottom boat. Bathroom on board. Maximum 20 people

Boat Tour #2 - Bald Eagles, Ospreys and various species of hawks. Other birds that are likely to be encountered include various species of ducks, wading birds and some song bird species. Covered flat bottom boat. Bathroom on board. Maximum 35 people.

Boat Tour #3 - Turtle Bayou Tour with LUMCON - Journey into Turtle Bayou to view Bald Eagles and get a glimpse of an eagle nest. This tour will also ride through natural bayous that provide for fantastic views and local wildlife. Other birds likely to be encountered include Anhingas, Double-crested Cormorants, Red-shouldered Hawks, White Ibis, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Carolina Chickadees and various species of terns and gulls. Two boats Maximum 12 people.

Boat Tour #4- Bayou Long Tour with Captain Ivy - The Bayou Long Tour includes various waterways including Lake Verret, Bayou Magazille, Four Mile Bayou, Grassy Lake, Bayou Cheramie, Bayou Milhomme, and Lake Palourde. On this tour you will be able to view Bald Eagles, Blue Heron, Great Egret, Belted Kingfisher, White Ibis and various other species of birds. One boat. Maximum 8 people

Boat Tour #5- Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge - The Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge in Franklin was established to provide critical habitat for the Louisiana black bear. The refuge provides a home for an abundance of wildlife including neotropical songbirds, wading birds, waterfowl, reptiles and amphibians. You will probably NOT see eagles

Walking/Hiking Trail #1- Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge - Franklin Trail - Friends of the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge - The Franklin Trail Is a water front trail starting at the flood protection pumping station in Franklin. We will walk along the Yokley and Franklin Canal which will take us passed a flood gate and over pipe lines which provide great views into the marsh. The trail is an old spoil bank from the Franklin canal dating back to 1950. It is covered with trees and wild life most common includes blue herons, white herons, wood ducks, hawks and eagles.

Speakers
Michael Seymour, "Status of Louisiana's Bald Eagles."Michael Seymour, a native of Baton Rouge, is a Nongame Ornithologist for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Natural Heritage Program and has performed waterbird colony aerial surveys, secretive marsh bird surveys, the monitoring of bottomwood forest breeding birds and nonbreeding birds in addition to Bald Eagle nest surveys. Michael will discuss the Status of Louisiana's Bald Eagles. He will cover methodology for the surveys and their findings.

Maggie McPherson, "Surfing the Heat Wave or the Green Wave: How Will Different Types of Migrants Track Seasonal Resources in a Changing Climate?" Have you ever wondered how migratory birds know where to go to track their food resources across the seasons? Maggie studied the annual migrations of five species of Kingbirds (genus Tyrannus): Eastern Kingbird, Western Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, and Fork-tailed Flycatcher. Using myriad measurements, she tracked the varied migrations and discovered that species undertaking different types of migrations track with only one of two different environmental cues across seasons. Today, she will discuss the conservation implications, and possible tools that could be implemented for coarse-grained conservation plans for Nearctic versus Austral migrant songbirds as they surf across the seasons.

Cathy DiSalvo, "Birds and How to Attract Them to Your Garden - A Bird and Garden Enthusiast with a passion for both, Cathy DiSalvo will share tips for attracting birds to your home garden. Cathy is a member of Louisiana Ornithological society, crescent bird club and American Birding Association

LSU Raptor Program - LSU Raptor Rehab is located at the Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana and receives approximately 1,800 wildlife cases each year. The LSU Raptor Rehab treats these animals at no cost to the people who bring them to the facility with the goal to release them back into the wild. In the case that they are not able to release an animal back into the wild they keep the bird at the LSU School of Veterinary conservation. Their mission is "to carry out conservation medicine by providing veterinary care for injured wildlife, conduct conservation research, and educate the public about wildlife conservation in the state of Louisiana.

FULL REGISTRATION - Costs: $100.00 for boat tours 1,2,3 $125.00 for boat tour 4

  • Wings to Soar Presentation sponsored by Morgan City Rotary Club, Thursday, February 16, 2017, Patterson Civic Center
  • One Boat Tour (Friday or Saturday
  • One Boat Tour into Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge (Friday only) or One Walking/Hiking Trail Tour (Saturday)
  • Saturday Breakfast, February 18, 2017, Petroleum Club of Morgan City
  • Seminars on Saturday, February 18, 2017, Petroleum Club of Morgan City
  • T-Shirt: (Circle One)    S      M      L    XL   XXL

ONE DAY ONLY - One Boat Tour (Friday or Saturday) - Costs: $80.00 for boat tours 1,2,3, $100.00 for boat tour 4

  • Saturday Breakfast, February 18, 2017, Petroleum Club of Morgan City
  • Seminars on Saturday, February 18, 2017, Petroleum Club of Morgan City

BOAT TOUR ONLY (Friday or Saturday) - Costs: $40.00 for boat tours 1,2,3, $65.00 for boat tour 4

  • One Boat Tour (Friday or Saturday

BAYOU TECHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE BOATING TOUR (Friday)

​BAYOU TECHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE WALKING/HIKING TOUR ONLY (Saturday)

SPEAKERS ONLY (Saturday)

  • Saturday Breakfast at Petroleum Club, February 18, 2017 - $25.00 ADD ONS:
  • Thursday - Wings to Soar Raptor Presentation, February 16, 2017, Patterson Civic Center - $5.00
  • Friday Dinner and Presentation at the Petroleum Club of Morgan City, February 17, 2017 - $45.00

Second Boat Tour, $40.00 for boat tour 1,2,3, $60.00 for boat tour 4

Third Boat Tour, $40.00 for boat tour 1,2,3, $60.00 for boat tour 4

Registration Form

Call (800) 256-2931 or (985) 380-8224 for more information on the 12th Annual Eagle Expo & More or on Cajun Coast attractions