Featured photo: Ranger David Young, one of the more jovial park rangers that you’re ever likely to meet, demonstrates bird-watching.
There are loads of free events taking place in Shreveport-Bossier during the month of May, many of which are being offered as a part of the Be a Fan of Shreveport-Bossier campaign. Two events, in particular, will be of interest to anyone who loves birding, hiking, or exploring the great outdoors. Both of these events are also a great opportunity to get to know the fun, smart, and quirky team members at two of northern Louisiana’s best outdoor recreation areas: Red River National Wildlife Refuge in Bossier City and Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park in Shreveport.
Be a Fan of Birds! events will take place at both parks on Saturday, May 19. The event at Red River National Wildlife Refuge will be held, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., while the event at Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park will take place, 1-3 p.m. At the Red River National Wildlife Refuge, guests will be able to check out a birding backpack (which includes binoculars, a Birds of Louisiana guide, maps of the refuge, and more) before heading out on their own. Admission is free.
“We’re going to have a lot of bird activity now through the end of summer,” said Ranger David Young of the Red River National Wildlife Refuge. “I’ll give guests a few tips about color and size, and what songs to listen for, and then they can just head out on the trails and take their time.”
The event at Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park will give visitors an opportunity to get better acquainted with the owls in residence at Walter B. Jacobs. In recent years, the park staff has become well-known for their particular expertise on the subject of owls, hosting regular Owl Night experiences and more.
“We’ll have all four species of owls out with handlers, so that guests can ask questions and learn about them,” said Education Coordinator Stacy Gray.
In addition to meeting and learning about the owls, guests can explore the trails at Walter B. Jacobs on their own.
If you’ve never visited either of these outstanding outdoor facilities, the Be a Fan of Birds! program provides a fun, free reason to do so. These events provide an opportunity to get to know the lovable staff at both places. Visit with Ranger David Young at Red River National Wildlife Refuge, with his outgoing, never-met-a-stranger personality and vast knowledge of birds, or say hello to Rusty Scarborough, the master falconer and senior naturalist at Walter B. Jacobs.