The seventh annual Yellow Rails and Rice Festiva
l brings birders and rice farmers together in a birdwatching celebration of Louisiana’s “working wetlands.”
The festival in the heart of Louisiana’s southwest prairie region is casual, friendly and informative. Online and mail registration opens July 1, 2015. Participants of the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival
can attend full-day field trips (weather permitting), or plan a briefvisit. Birding experts will be positioned at field-trip locations, and offer helpful hints on where to spot birds. They will answer questions and provide additional information.
In addition to birdwatching at rice fields, participants can explore nearby birding areas, join trips to local points of interest, or venture farther afield to search for specialty birds in other Louisiana habitats, such as the pineywoods or Cameron Parish coast.
In addition to visiting local rice fields in the Jennings, La., area, participants of the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival
can join trips to loother cal points of interest. The morning field trips will explore areas nearby. Two trips will be at the pineywoods or Cameron Parish coast on Saturday, Oct. 31. These field trips highlight several Louisiana habitats and the birds associated with each.
Many of the agencies and organizations that study, manage, and protect these areas will assist at the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival. They will
have booths with information about their activities that will be staffed during the opening reception.