Summary The Barataria Terrebonne Important Bird Area (IBA) is close to three million acres of refuges, Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs), State Parks, and privately owned land. This site contains the only national park natural area in Louisiana, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Nearby IBAs include East Delta Plain and Atchafalaya Basin. Within Barataria Terrebonne IBA is Grand Isle State Park, a very important migratory bird stopover which has seventeen acres of woods on the island preserved and owned by The Nature Conservancy. Located on the eastern coast of the state, this IBA contains over 350 species of birds and over 280 species of fish in a diversity of habitats, including salt marshes and swamps, brackish and freshwater environments, beaches, and a variety of forests. This site is particularly important to shorebirds and a number of migratory birds, including the Piping Plover, considered vulnerable in both Canada and the United States. Other birds include herons, ibis, egrets, pelicans, gulls, terns, skimmers, ducks, and raptors. The IBA offers a number of recreational activities such as fishing to the public. Unfortunately, because of its location, the Barataria Terrebonne Important Bird Area is subject to significant coastal erosion, with the highest erosion rates in the state.
Land ownership Though the majority of the IBA is privately owned, 90,000 acres are owned and managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The Wildlife Management Areas functioning under the department are Salvador, Timken, Wisner, Pointe-Aux-Chenes, and Lake Boeuf. Grand Isle State Park and Bayou Segnette State Park are owned by Louisiana State Parks. Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, on the other hand, is federally managed. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is owned by the U.S. Department of the Interior and run by the National Park Service.
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