All are invited to this great event!
Fall Celebration this year is scheduled for October 13th from 9am-3pm.
Trail Run will be at 9am and the rest of the events will begin at 10am.
More information soon!
Thursday, June 21st 7:30-9pm Annual Summer Solstice Paddle
Join us on the annual summer solstice paddle to celebrate the longest day of the year and to watch the sunset over the lake. If you have your own kayak or canoe please join us. If you need to rent one for the evening please call the Visitor Center at 387-1114 to reserve one $10/person. Bring a beverage and a snack and plenty of bug spray.
Katie works with the next generation of students, and has studied the habitat and habits of the species. Prothonotaries specifically nest in cavities in bottomland hardwoods and cypress Tupelo swamps. Audubon Louisiana volunteers are always needed for banding, research, and is sometimes labor intensive, so if you are interested in volunteering, you may reach out to Audubon Louisiana or Katie for more information.
Additional sources of information include:
Thank you, Katie for an informative and educational conservation presentation in this "Year of the Bird!"
- FoBB Volunteers
Friends of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is launching a major fundraising campaign and we would love to invite you to be our community partner!
We’ve set our sights on bringing back our Alligator exhibit in the Conservation Learning Center at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. This $30,000 fundraising goal will include not only the tank, filtration, lighting and support systems but also the enclosure and educational signage. This exhibit has been a feature for many years and the tank and enclosure cannot be repaired and need full replacement. The enlarged tank and enclosure will provide an excellent habitat for small turtles and alligators while providing a safe observation area for the public, particularly children and school groups. This exhibit will highlight the diversity and key species present in the lake while providing great educational outreach. For additional information, please click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As a donor, you are helping in an important community effort to conserve and enhance Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. We take your support of FoBB very seriously and hope to provide you with ample reason to support our efforts. To that end, we have created multiple sponsorship levels that we may highlight a name, corporate logo or memorial on our exhibit as a lasting showcase of your generosity.
Friends of Black Bayou accepts donations in memory either as direct contributions for a memorial fund (link below) or through our Adopt-a-Tree Program. Adopt-a-Tree for education, in memory of someone, or even to honor someone. You can choose the type of tree you'd like to adopt, too! All proceeds from adopted trees help to support the educational, recreational, and environmental goals of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Names of adopters (and those memorialized or honored) are displayed on a plaque inside the Visitor Center. FoBB is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so your donations may be tax deductible.
Should you prefer to directly make a contribution in memory please use the link below and include name for memorial fund or directions for the fund use during PayPal checkout. We thank you for your generosity!
This event is free to the public -- even the food! The Friends of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge give back to the community in many ways, and the Fall Festival is one of the most visible. Enjoy the day today while there are a LOT of people, and come to visit again on another day, when you'll experience a quieter refuge, and hear lots of birds and animal sounds... and more..
Just an update on the many things happening at Black Bayou.
1st Saturday Program for Kids is September 2: 10AM for 3-5 year olds, 11AM 6-12 Year olds
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Water Sweep is September 9th. We could sure use your help at Black Bayou! Sign-up now online at http://watersweep.org/register.html?
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FWS is starting a new Refuge Krewe!
Next month we will be starting a new volunteer training program, recruiting people for the Refuge Krewe! If you want to learn more and help protect refuge and enjoy talking with people, we can use your help. Training will start either Sept 26th or Sept 28th. Details below and you can email Nova_Clarke@fws.gov if you have questions or want to sign up.
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Monthly Friends Meeting – Sponsored by Ouachita Valley ACS September 18th at 6:30pm
This month’s Friends of Black Bayou meeting at the Visitor's Center will be sponsored by the Ouachita Valley of American Chemical Society. Kristopher Kelley will present on nutrient flow in the water shed in addition to all the other neat updates on the happens at Black Bayou. Come visit with new Friends and find out more!
Don’t forget to sign-up for our 5K fun run/walk! More information is online at:
Photo contest is now open for submissions! More information is online at:
Mat’s are available in the Nature Store at Black Bayou!
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Next Meeting: Friday, Aug 25th 12noon at the West Monroe Chamber of Commerce
All are invited to attend this great event!
Friends of Black Bayou will be helping this Northeast Chapter of LMN get started and we invite you to participate! Find out more online at: https://louisianamasternaturalistsnortheast.com
The Friends of Black Bayou Nature Store has sold out of Senior Passes at this time. But there is still time to get your pass!
The rates are scheduled are scheduled to change on August 28th so do not delay in placing your order if you are over 62 years old!
Currently the passes are available locally at the US Corps of Engineers office on South Grand Street. Call: 318-322-6391 for more information.
You may also purchase them online at the USGS.gov store with an additional processing fee of $10: https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass
Events at the Refuge
There's always something happening at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.