Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Louisiana
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Louisiana Project

Comparison of Avian Communities and Hydrological Characteristics on Restored and Natural Marshes in Coastal Louisiana

July 2020 - August 2024


Participating Agencies

  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Louisiana has embarked on a $50 billion coastal restoration program. Numerous marshes have been restored under previous funding mechanisms but little evaluation has been conducted to determine the effects on bird communities. Surface flooding can have significant effects on bird communities, but we know little about hydrologic conditions on restored sites. In this study, we are evaluating bird communities and hydrologic conditions in restored marshes and paired natural marshes in close vicinity to the restored marsh.