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.
Right: Fractures from gunshot injury

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

Report a Banded Bird | Filing a report at the Bird Banding Laboratory website takes about 5 minutes. After a report is submitted, the date and location where the bird was originally banded is provided and a Certificate of Appreciation along with additional banding details(date, location of banding) will be sent via email.

Local Birding Guide:
Dr. Peter Yaukey
See brochure on right

Louisiana Ornithological Society |

Baton Rouge Audubon Society |

LSU Louisiana Bird Resource Office |

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory |

Woodlands Trail and Park |

Birding Pal in Louisiana |
Free: Find local birders, clubs, etc.

Wildlife Conservation

The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana |

Audubon Louisiana |

Louisiana Important Bird Areas |

Injured Wildlife

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
(225) 698-3168

Clearwater Wildlife Sanctuary
Call (985) 630-1009 or email for an admission 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

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana |

America’s Wetland |

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program |

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana |
At this site you can access Louisiana’s Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast and also the LACPR Final Technical Report.


Support Louisiana conservation using PAYPAL:

OAS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization, and as such, your gift may be tax deductible if you itemize.