Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge

shannonfarlouis By shannonfarlouis, 25th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Located near the town of St. Francisville, Louisiana is the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge. It is 30 miles north of Baton Rouge.

Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge

Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge runs along the southern most part of the lower Mississippi River. This area has no levees. Fish, wildlife and plants make their home here. The refuge includes forested wetlands where the Louisiana Black Bear makes it’s home. Here you will see neotropical migratory birds which include swallow-tailed kite. Other wildlife that make their home in the refuge are mink, bobcat, river otter, wild turkey, wood duck, green treefrog, red eared slider, greater yellowlegs, blue-winged teal, black-crowned night-heron, woodcock, solitary sandpiper, pileated woodpecker and more.


Between January and June, the refuge is accessible by river. The refuge is only accessible by vehicle when the Mississippi River guage reading in Baton Rouge is less than 26′. Many tree species are also located here. Some are the overcup-oak bitter pecan, hackberry-elm-ash, nuttall-oak-ash sweetgum, baldcypress trees, and shrub-scrub swamp. Baldcypress trees that live here are estimated to be 500 to 1000 years old. This refuge covers an area of 9,623 acres. Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge is located in the parish of West Feliciana.

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Baldcypress Trees, Baton Rouge, Cat Island, Louisiana, National Wildlife Refuge, Sandpiper, St Francisville, Woodpecker

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