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Bayou Bird Fest

March 28 @ 6:00 am - 11:30 am

Bayou Bird Fest, Washington, Louisiana

In commemoration of the town of Washington‘s 300-year celebration, join us for a tour of Bayou Courtableau. Washington and the nearby Wildlife Management Area, Thistlethwaite, contain a diverse range of wildlife including over 200 species of birds. Experts from the Louisiana Ornithological Society will lead the way showing you how the pros do it.

Thistlethwaite requires a $5.00 Wilderness Stamp to be purchased in advance (or a hunting or fishing license will do). They can be purchased at Walmart, Academy, or online at la.web.53licensing.com. The tour itself is $45, which includes a light breakfast and speaker presentation after the tour. These can be purchased at Ardoin’s Grocery in Washington or Sebastien Dupre Fine Jewelry in Opelousas.


6am-7:30am – Registration and breakfast at St. John’s Episcopal Church

7:30am – Depart for Tour

  • Bayou Courtableau | Washington Boat Dock across the street
  • Caravan to Thistlethwaite

10:30am – Return to St. John’s Episcopal Church

10:30am-11:30am – Speaker from Louisiana Ornithological Society

Afterwards, the town of Washington is hosting a jambalaya lunch at the community center. If you want to stick around, you can get jambalaya, salad, bread, dessert, and a drink for $6. Tickets for this event are sold in advance at Ardoin’s Grocery.