At Audubon, we believe that where birds thrive people prosper
Vermilion Flycatcher Photo: Bill Bergen
At Audubon, we believe that where birds thrive people prosper. Nowhere is this more evident than in Louisiana.
Audubon’s presence in Louisiana dates back to the earliest days of the conservation movement. Among Audubon’s assets in the state is the 26,000-acre Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Sanctuary, established in concert with the adjacent McIlhenny family (founders of Tabasco) in the 1920s. It is the organization’s oldest and largest sanctuary and the centerpiece of a unique conservation alliance among the region’s landowners.
Audubon has two active chapters and 3,600 members in the state. In 2006, Audubon launched its Important Bird Areas program in Louisiana; 15 Louisiana IBAs have qualified for Global status. Our team of scientists has identified approximately 3 million acres of important bird habitat and is already working in the field to conserve and restore these precious areas.
Audubon Louisiana is part of a growing, powerful collaborative to deliver ground-breaking approaches to coastal conservation at very large scales and our research supports conservation and restoration policies and practices that are balanced with the needs of the local economy and culture. Audubon’s conservation approach that follows the migratory bird flyways places Louisiana at the fulcrum of a number of key initiatives within the Mississippi Flyway.
Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
Dr. Doug Meffert, vice president and executive director for Audubon Louisiana.