Black Bayou Lake NWR

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Saturday June 17th, the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the refuge. The celebration will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with interactive activities for children and adults.

Black Bayou became a refuge in 1997 and has been serving the community by providing a scenic place for families to enjoy the wildlife and learn about Louisiana's biodiversity. The refuge has 5,000 acres of wildlife including 2,500 acres of lake. Visitors can walk the trails, go hunting or fishing, and admire the wildflower fields at the refuge.

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The second annual New Music on the Bayou Festival is providing four days full of new music in Northeast Louisiana. Wednesday May 31st, through Saturday June 3rd, there will be seven concerts spread throughout Ruston and Monroe showcasing music composed around the world and performed by local artists.

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This Saturday, April 15th Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is combining Earth Day, Migratory Bird Day, and Tax Day into one Spring Celebration. The Celebration will be held from 10: 00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the refuge.

The celebration will include an egg hunt, the turning of the blue goose, a ribbon cutting, a paddle board demonstrations by H2GO, and many fun activities for kids. Dale Barry will be there as a special guest with his hawk, Delhi along with the Forestry Club from Louisiana Tech University.

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Thursday, February 23rd Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge's forester, Chris Foster, will be giving a talk on local invasive species. The talk will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Black Bayou education center.

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Traveling around the country in a Subaru, Amanda Neiman and Gregory Smith are Subaru Traveling Trainers for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. This Saturday, November 12th at 10 a.m. in the Black Bayou Educational Center, they will be speaking on  techniques and common sense reminders about conserving the environment.

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North Louisiana hosts a variety of migrating bird and butterfly species as the seasons change. One of the missions of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is to provide a safe haven for these weary travelers on their long journey. 

To highlight the importance of the refuge to these animal's survival, and to spotlight the perils they face along the way, Black Bayou is hosting Migration Day on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event coincides with International Migratory Bird Day.

780 different kinds of trees have reportedly been identified on a single 25-acre plot of Malaysian rainforest.  While not quite in this league, a similar size tract on Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Monroe can boast 125 species of trees and shrubs.  Not long ago the site was a hundred year old cotton field.

  

Fall Celebration at Black Bayou

Oct 15, 2015
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National Wildlife Refuge Week is highlighted Saturday at Black Bayou in the annual Fall Celebration.

Friends of Black Bayou present a free day full of fun and education.  "There will be animals from Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, birdhouse building, a butterfly release, and much more," says Refure Ranger Nova Clarke.

Guests can enjoy a free fish fry, and other treats, including Black Bayou Mud Pie.  

Kids will enjoy participating the traditional "turning of the blue goose", to signal the change of migration season.

Fighting Invasives

Aug 21, 2015
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Invasive plants can be an exhausting problem for landowners.  It is an issue at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, where Chinese Tallow attempts to run wild.

"It is not too horrible at the refuge just yet, which is why we need to catch it early," says Nova Clarke, a ranger at Black Bayou.  "We want to prevent it from becoming a losing battle."

Wildlife Refuge Celebrates National Pollinator Week

Jun 18, 2015
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Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge celebrates National Pollinator Week.

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is using the weekend to celebrate nature's pollinators. National Pollinator Week brings  awareness to plants, insects and mammals that aid in pollination. Black Bayou has been hosting sessions that educates the community on its local pollinators.

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