Louisiana Travels for Feb. 17-23

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGAn adult bald eagle flaps on a strong takeoff near Morgan City. Show caption
Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGAn adult bald eagle flaps on a strong takeoff near Morgan City.

Eagles are stars of the show in Morgan City

Ah, the beauty of an American Bald Eagle in flight.

With 284 active nests in Louisiana and a large concentration of those in the St. Mary and Terrebonne parishes area, visitors to the 8th annual Eagle Expo & More just may spot one of the eagles overhead.

The three-day event in the Morgan City area Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2 pays tribute to the return of the Bald Eagle to Louisiana. The bird was removed from the endangered species list in 2007.

The celebration includes seminars with wildlife and nature experts, a live raptor presentation, boat tours to view eagles, and a chance to meet fellow birders.

Among events planned are:

  • Save Our American Raptors-South presentation, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Patterson Civic Center;
  • Photography workshop with wildlife photographer C.C. Lockwood Friday, with seminar at 9 a.m., Atchafalaya at Idlewild Golf Course’s Club House; and field trip to Black Bayou, noon. $195. Space is limited. Call (225) 769-4766 to register;
  • Eagle tours, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday;
  • Dinner and presentation by photographer and author Tim Mueller, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, Petroleum Club of Morgan City. $33.
  • Speakers and boat tours, throughout Saturday.

Registration fees vary.

For more information, call (985) 395-4905, email info@cajuncoast.com or visit the website.

äON THE INTERNET:

http://www.cajuncoast.com/eagleexpo

Festival at park

Craft vendors are being sought for the 14th Arts & Crafts Day at Tickfaw State Park in Springfield on Saturday, March 9.

Spaces are free, but are limited.

For more information, call (225) 294-2218.

RV, camping show

The New Orleans RV & Camping Show opens Friday, March 1, at the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner.

Visitors can see hundreds of RVs of all types and the latest products, and talk one-on-one with industry experts.

Show hours are noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

Admission is $8, adults; $2, children 6-15; and free, children 6 and younger. Parking is free.

äON THE INTERNET:

http://www.NewOrleansSpringRVShow.com

Exhibit unveiled

Members of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans joined Hungarian Ambassador to the United States H.E. Gyorgy Szapary at the Jackson Barracks Museum to unveil an exhibit commemorating the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The ceremony was Feb. 8. Jackson Barracks Museum is located at 6400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans.

Poverty Point program

Have you found an artifact and are not sure what it is?

Collectors are encouraged to bring items and artifacts they have found to be identified to Poverty Point State Historic Site, east of Monroe on La. 577.

This program runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Guests can learn the age of their artifacts and about the Native American culture that created them. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.

This program not only allows for the sharing of local cultural information but gives guests a learning opportunity as well. The site offers visitors the opportunity to study culture of area inhabitants from 1700 to 1100 B.C. The $4 admission provides access to the museum, video, and self guided nature tour. Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and over) are admitted free. The park is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call (888) 926-5492 or email povertypoint@crt.state.la.us.

Poverty Point and Port of New Orleans provided items for this column. Louisiana Travels is a biweekly column about travel destinations and events in Louisiana. Email items for Louisiana Travels to travel@theadvocate.com or jbergeron@theadvocate.com or mail to Judy Bergeron, News Features assistant editor, The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810.