Report an Illegal Shooting
Left: Mississippi Kite with gunshot injury
Swallow-tailed Kites, other raptors, Whooping Cranes, herons, egrets, ibis and other migratory birds are protected by state and federal laws. Be prepared if you are suddenly presented with information about a shooting incidence. The shooting location and the location of the injured/dead bird are crime scenes and should be treated as such. Leave the carcass where you found it and call enforcement immediately.
Report any illegal migratory bird shootings using the toll free Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline: 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program. To use the tip411 program, residents can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge. The hotline and the tip411 are monitored 24 hours a day. Upon request, informants can remain anonymous. Anyone caught violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act can be charged with penalties of up to $15,000 and six months imprisonment. Selling or trading in migratory birds is a felony, bringing fines of up to $500,000 and two years in jail.
Birding and Ornithology
From Trees to Fields: A Beginner’s Guide to Birdwatching |
Recommended by Emily, in the fifth grade, as a great resource for the beginner-birder.
Find a wildlife rehabilitator near you:
The Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitators Association web site will help you locate a licensed wildlife rehabilitator near you.
Or call them on the Wildlife Emergency Line:
The Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary is an experienced wildlife rehabilitation facility in Livingston.
Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary
20591 Abe Hoover Road
Livingston, LA 70754
Clearwater Wildlife Sanctuary
Call (985) 630-1009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for appointment. In conjunction with Dr. Emily Edwards, at Abita Veterinary Clinic, 21471 Hwy. 36, Abita Springs. Open for admissions M-F 9-5:30 and Sat 9-1pm.
Restoring Louisiana's Coastal Wetlands
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana | http://coastal.louisiana.gov/
At this site you can access Louisiana’s Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast and also the LACPR Final Technical Report.