15th Annual Eagle Expo

15th Annual Eagle Expo

Morgan City, LA 70380

Boat tours into various waterways, presentations by wildlife & birding experts, photography seminar and social with guest speaker.

FEBRUARY 13-15, 2020

Registration - $40.00
Boat Tours - 1, 2, 3 & 5 - $40.00
Boat Tour - 4- $80.00

REGISTRATION includes the following:
Wings to Soar Presentation, Thursday, February 13, 2020, Bayou Vista Civic Center at 6 pm
Friday Night Social at Cajun Coast Welcome with Speaker – Mary Beth Lima – Author of Adventures of a Louisiana birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species at 6 pm
Entrance into Water & Nature Expo, Saturday, February 15, 2020, Cajun Coast Welcome Center from 9 am to 2 pm
Breakfast and Seminars, Saturday, February 15, 2020, Cajun Coast Welcome Center from 7:30 am to 11:30 am
Boat Tours - additional cost

Birds of Prey Program
Wings to Soar is a non-profit environmental education organization founded by John and Dale Stokes. Their lively informative presentation features a variety of raptors, including owls, hawks, a falcon, a very funny vulture and a bald eagle.

Marybeth Lima
Marybeth Lima is a professor in biological engineering at LSU and an avid birder (in passion and interest, if not talent). Somewhere in between viewing red-tailed hawks from above in Letchworth State Park in upstate New York at age 8, and learning the calls of Carolina wrens and red-bellied woodpeckers while running in south Louisiana at age 30, Marybeth caught the birding bug. She was a casual birder at first, but has managed to become totally hooked and is now a lister. Marybeth has 107 bird species on her yard list in Baton Rouge and 364 birds on her state list in Louisiana. She is a member of the 300 club, having seen more than 300 bird species in Louisiana in a single year; she is now working toward becoming a member of the 64 club, which involves seeing at least one bird in all 64 Louisiana parishes. Marybeth will discuss her book Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: 1 Year, 2 Wings, 300 Species. Dr. Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Louisiana, says of this book, "A story of the healing power of birds in the face of life's great challenges is told here in beautiful and heart-wrenching details. Whether you are a bird watcher or not, this captivating story of an emotional journey of love and loss makes each of us remember our own vulnerability in this world. It also reminds us why birds matter, and how a life of bird-watching can provide balance, perspective, and new challenges when things get tough."

Delaina Leblanc, Migratory Birds Coordinator, Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Red Knot Research
Stacy Ortego, Outreach Coordinator, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Gardening for WIldlife
Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon, Louisiana - Coastal Louisiana, A Bird Paradise to be Saved or Lost Forever

Boat Tour #1 - Atchafalaya Basin Tour with John Burke
Captain Caviar will tour 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 and is an important wintering ground for the birds of the Mississippi Flyway. Covered flat bottom boat. Bathroom on board. Maximum 20 people.

Boat Tour #2 - Bayou Black Tour with Billy Gaston (Available for Saturday afternoon only)
Billy Gaston, swamp tour operator of Cajun Man's Tours will journey into the backwater of Bayou Black, adding his special Cajun touch. This tour will meander through the old oil and gas canals where you will have the opportunity to see several birds of prey including, of course, 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. Great tour for families or groups. Covered flat bottom boat. Bathroom on board. Maximum 40 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 Commorants, Red-shouldered Hawks, White Ibis, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Carolina Chickadees and various species of terns and gulls. Two boats. Maximum 6 people on each boat.

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 and their nests, Blue Heron, Great Egret, Belted Kingfisher, White Ibis and various other species of birds. One boat. Maximum 7 people

Boat Tour #5 – Bayou Black Tour with Captain Greenwood (NEW)
Greenwood Gator Farm and Swamp boat tours will take you deep in the back swamps. The 30 foot boat is covered. Guests will view a wide selection of local birds including the American bald eagle, the great blue heron, egrets, double crested Commorants, Red Shouldered Hawks, White Ibis, and many more. Experience the natural beauty and charm of the canals and bayous. One boat. Maximum 19 people. Departs Greenwood Gator Farm, 125 Gator Court, Gibson.

Photography Workshop with CC Lockwood, Febuary 14, 2020
Miniumum of 10 students and maximum of 16. Photography workshiop with a field trip to Bayou Black. Requires separate registration. 225-245-5008, 227-763-1259, cactusclyd@aol.com

**Water & Nature Expo** - Saturday, February 15, 2020 - Cajun Coast Welcome Center
Exhibits and vendors that highlight outdoor recreation and our waterways.  9 am to 2 pm

For more information, 985-380-8224 or info@cajuncoast.com