Louisiana seeks the best birding spots
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) – The state of Louisiana is asking residents about the best places for birding.
People have until September 30 to submit candidacies be included in Louisiana’s redesigned birding trails, the tourist office said in a press release. The nominations are part of an effort to update and possibly expand the trails and develop ecotourism in the state.
Louisiana and its coastal wetlands are an important place for migratory birds.
“Louisiana is an ideal destination for bird watchers, and I am delighted to begin this process to better promote and share Louisiana’s magnificent landscapes and variety of wildlife with visitors from around the world,” said the Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser in the statement.
The office is also holding meetings statewide to discuss updating birding trails with the public. The trails were started 20 years ago.
The update is partially funded by a grant from the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. Announcer of the day reported that once the sites are proposed and approved, the state will begin producing content such as maps and images to promote bird watching.
Organizers are also looking for ways to use technology to promote wildlife education. Sharon Calcote of the Tourist Board told a meeting in Lafayette that one way could be to create a trail website that could also play bird calls.
“With the website, we can create these different pathways for visitors, which we didn’t have 20 years ago,” Calcote said.