The Creole Nature Trail is annually home to more than 400 bird species, making it one of the Top 10 Birding Destinations in the country. Year-round, you will be treated to a seemingly endless array of raptors, waterfowl, wading birds, and shorebirds residing in this lush environment. To experience our exotic birds and waterfowl up close, try Grosse Savanne Eco-Tours.
Birds can be seen in Southwest Louisiana all year, but fall, winter, and spring are the best seasons for birding here due to the large number of species migrating. Located on both the Central and Mississippi flyways, Southwest Louisiana’s combination of beaches, coastal and fresh marshes, remnant prairie, bottomland forest corridors, and coastal oak maritime forests (cheniers) make us a birder’s paradise.
Thanks to its location along major migratory routes, so many species of birds are spotted in Southwest Louisiana along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road that it's always a surprise what you’ll see next. Here are the most common types to look for – and when and…
Southwest Louisiana’s diverse ecosystem of prairies, forested wetlands, marshes, and coastal areas provide perfect habitats for more than 400 different species of birds in and around Lake Charles. Here are the best places to spot them!
During the fall, winter, and spring, the Creole Nature Trail bird population soars as hundreds of thousands of migrating birds make their annual migration following the Central and the Mississippi Flyways. Use the helpful interactive search and table below to find specific species and view their abundance during certain seasons. You can also download the bird list at the link below.
Temperatures in Southwest Louisiana range from the mid-40s to the low 60s during the winter months, 50s to low 80s in spring, 80s to 90s in summer, and the 60s to upper 70s in the fall. The weather can be unpredictable, so always come prepared with light layers for a rain shower and a cool Gulf breeze!