Found directly at the center of the Trans-Gulf migration path on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, Peveto Woods is a uniquely located chenier habitat ecologically vital to a host of winged wonders — both birds and butterflies. It is preserved and maintained by the Baton Rouge Audubon Society.
Last & First
In the fall, Peveto Woods is a last stop for food and rest as birds head south over the Gulf. In the spring, as birds cross the Gulf heading north, it is the first stop for food and rest.
Drop In Sometime
Peveto Woods’ avian visitors include the brightly plumaged spring warblers, tanagers and orioles as well as more sought after species such as the Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Cerulean Warbler. Lucky birders may have the good fortune to see western vagrants such as Townsend’s Warbler, Hepatic Tanager and Hooded Oriole. Birders may also see a Cape May Warbler.
Lighter than a feather, as bright as flowers, Peveto Woods’ butterfly visitors are no less distinguished. More common sightings include the black, spicebush, tiger, giant and pipevine swallowtails; the phaon and pearl crescents; red admiral; buckeye; cloudless sulphur; great southern white; variegated and gulf fritillaries; monarch; hackberry; queen; viceroy; and red spotted purple. Late spring through late fall are the best times for sightings, but some colorful creatures remain year round.
• Butterfly observation
• Nature photography