Calling all Birders! And those who just enjoy watching graceful waterfowl swoop down for food, with flocks of birds flying overhead. The 55-mile Flyway Byway is a scenic loop through the southern terminus of both the Mississippi and Central Flyways – paths that migrating birds take from Canada and the northern United States on their way to wintering grounds.
In addition to all the birds landing for the winter, Jeff Davis Parish is home to 160 species of birds residing here year-round. Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge, in the heart of rice farming country, supports large numbers of white-fronted, snow, Ross, and Canada geese on its farms and pools. The refuge also provides nesting habitats for wood and mottled ducks, black-bellied and fulvous whistling-ducks, and blue-winged teal, plus blue-winged and green-winged teal, gadwall, American widgeon, northern shoveler, mallard, ring-necked duck, and snow geese.
Yet, the Flyway Byway is not just about birds. Travel through scenic beauty, past rice fields and crawfish ponds. Shop in small towns and savor local cuisine as you make your way through this unique part of Louisiana.