South Farm to host Wood Stork & Wading Bird Event

Published July 18, 2012

RAMAH, LA – On Saturday, July 21st, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host their annual Wood Stork and Wading Bird Event. The event starts at 7:00AM until noon at the South Farm of the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area. The best viewing is early in the morning, so please plan accordingly.


Every autumn, South Farm floods soil impoundments to provide waterfowl habitat and stimulate crawfish populations. Mid-summer, these banks are drained to enhance wetland growth. In the process, a portion of the crawfish population is exposed, attracting the native Wood Stork.

Because wetlands are a natural habitat for the North American Wood Stork, their presence is an indicator of wetland conditions. As wetlands disappear, so too do these wading birds. With only a few thousand left, this is an opportune event for wild life enthusiasts to see these birds in great numbers. Alligators,Whitetail Deer, and other birds are also frequently sighted.


Although the event is free, all participants between the ages of 16 and 60 are required to have either a valid Louisiana Hunting or Fishing License or a Wild Louisiana Stamp. Licenses may be obtained from any point of sale retailer, online at, or via phone, 1-888-765-2602.


To reach South Farm, take I–10 to the Ramah exit (Exit 135), and go north. Turn left at the first road, then make a right on Mimms Street. Turn right on lower Atchafalaya Levee road. Go 1.5 miles down this gravel road to the parking lot just past the “South Farm” sign.


For more information, please call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District at 504-862-1524.


Recreation in New Orleans District, Corps of Engineers


Brian L. Osberghaus
Ricky Boyett

Release no. 12-034