Friends of Black Bayou is an award-winning, non-profit community organization that supports the protection and enhancement of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge located in Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. FoBB came into existence in August 1997 with a core group of dedicated supporters and volunteers who cared about the new Refuge and dreamed big. In a very short time, members saw dreams taking shape. The century-old planter’s home was renovated and is now the Visitors’ Center. More History>>
FoBB sponsors an annual Fall Celebration with a Photo Contest, and free games and activities for kids, food, exhibitors, and lots of wildlife themed fun!
Educational opportunities are a top priority for FoBB. Curriculum materials were developed, and learning about wildlife became fun and convenient from
Conservation Learning Center opened in October 2005, provides spectacular live native wildlife exhibits and a well-equipped classroom.
Art is a part of nature, too. Photographers and other artists are able to observe wildlife from the comfort of the photo blind, the wildlife pier, and the observation deck. Kids of all ages enjoy experiencing nature from trails that include a paved walkway or a raised boardwalk. And grownups appreciate the fact that the Refuge is free, fun, not far from Monroe, and best of all--educational!
Throughout the year, events are scheduled at the Refuge, and the public is invited to visit any time the Refuge is open, from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Whether there is a special event or not, nature is always here.
You can also call the Visitor Center at (318) 387-1114 or email email@example.com for more information about any program at the refuge. The volunteer answering the phone will be able to answer your questions, or can refer you to the person who can answer them.
Remember that feeding, harassing, removing, or otherwise interfering with alligators or other wildlife on the Refuge is against federal law!
Did you see someone feeding or harrassing the alligators? Just snap a photo and text it with the details to our refuge officers at 318-355-6842 or 318-351-4965. You can also call the Louisiana Dept of Wildlife & Fisheries 24 line at 1-800-442-2511 and give details. (Suggestion: add that number to your phone contacts list now).
Nobody wants their child, grandchild, or dog attacked by a wild animal because that wild animal associated PEOPLE with FOOD. Stop it, y'all!
NO FEEDING OR HARRASSING alligators or any other animals on the refuge!! Federal laws prohibit it.