The Woodlands Conservancy is planning a number of spring activities at the Woodlands Trail in Belle Chasse and the Delacroix Preserve at English Turn.
Bob Thomas will lead an interpretive hike from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday on the Woodlands Trail, 449 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse. The hike is free and open to all ages.
The interpretive hike will cover a description of the bottomland hardwood forest, which is becoming a fading habitat for wildlife and migratory birds. It will provide information on what to expect to see in a healthy bottomland hardwood forest, characteristics of a forest in transition as it recovers from hurricane damages, and stories about the evolution and adaptation of plants and trees over centuries. Free educational materials on resident and migratory birds, provided by the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, will be available.
Bird banding will take place from 6:45 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Woodlands Trail, 449 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse. Another bird-banding session will take place from 6:45 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Delacroix Preserve, 700 Delacroix Road, New Orleans. People who would like to volunteer their help, or simply visit during bird banding, are asked to email to info@woodlands conservancy.org or call (504) 433-4000.