Wood Stork Day

WaySearch Festival Dates: July 2018 TBA
Location: Sherburne WMA/Ramah
Main Contact Phone: 337.585.0853 / 337.948.0255
Contact Email: Click Here

Ramah LA

South Farm to host Wood Stork & Wading Bird Event


> RAMAH – A Wood Stork & Wading Bird Event will be held on Saturday,

> at the  South Farm of the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area Complex.

> U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and

> Fisheries would like to > invite everyone to view this spectacle. Wood
Storks and other wading and

> shore birds can be viewed in this area as they are drawn to feed in the

> South Farm’s water management units. The South Farm includes a number of

> large moist soil impoundments. These are flooded in the fall to provide

> habitat for water birds with emphasis on waterfowl. There are good numbers

> of small fish and crawfish in these impoundments. By late spring, the fish

> have reached good sizes and there are more than enough crawfish to support

> a public crawfish fis hery. The impoundments are drained in the mid-summer

> to enhance growth of wetland plants for the following year. This takes a

> period of almost a month, for two reasons - the sizes of the impoundments

> and the management strategy to provide mud flats and very shallow water

> with concentrated prey for birds like shorebirds (sandpipers) and wading

> birds (egrets, herons, spoonbills, storks, and ibises).


> The Wood Stork is the only stork native to North America. These large

> wading birds (4 feet tall and 66 inch wingspan) are an indicator of

> condition of our nation’s wetlands. As wetlands disappear so do the Wood

> Storks. Even though many of these birds are from Mexico, the water

> management units such as the South Farm are becoming more critical to the

> survival of these birds. With only a few thousand of these birds left,
> this

> is a great opportunity for bird watc hers, photographers and anyone who

> enjoys wildlife to see quite possibly the largest concentration of these

> birds anywhere. Often alligators, Whitetail deer and many other species of

> birds may be observed as well. Individuals and professionals will be on

> hand to discuss the management of the area, identification of animals, and

> to discuss the Wood Stork.


> The event will begin at 7:00 am and will last until noon. It is better to

> arrive early for greatest opportunity to see the Wood storks. Driving

> directions to the South Farm are: take I-10 to the Ramah exit (Exit 135).

> Go north take the first road to the left, turn right by the market on

> Mimms Street, cross the bridge and turn right on the lower
Atchafalaya Levee

> road. Note this is a gravel road. Go approximately 1.5 miles or until you

> see the “South Farm” sign cross over the levee and enter the parkin g lot.

> Individuals will be there to provide you with additional information.


> There are no fees associated with this program but due to the fact the

> event is on a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife

> Management Area, all participants between the ages of 16 and 60 are

> required to have either a valid Louisiana Hunting or Fishing License or a

> Wild Louisiana Stamp. These licenses are available from the Louisiana

> Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and may be obtained at a point of

> sale retailer, over the internet at:

> or by phone at
1-888-765- 2602.


> For more information please call the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Project

> Office at 337-585-0853.

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