Yellow Rails and Rice Festival

Birding in Jeff Davis Parish

November 2-6, 2016

Yellow Rails LogoThe Yellow Rails & Rice Festival is designed with fun in mind, and the promary goals are to provide participants with a unique venue to see Yellow Rails and, at the same time, bring birders and farmers together to emphasize the value to birds of the area's "Working wetlands."

Water-based agriculture and rice/crawfish cultivation, are a few reasons why Jeff Davis Parish offers excellent year round birding opportunities. From agricultural areas to fresh water marshes, bottomland hardwoods and scenic cypress-lined bayous and rivers, Jeff Davis Parish offers a great diversity of species, whether you are exploring the area on your own or attending the YRARF during late fall (a combined 300+ species have been tallied during the festival's first five years).

The area is also particularly well known for spectacular aggregations of waterfowl and wading birds.

Download: Rice field/inland distribution of some Louisiana species pairs during YRARF

For more information about Yellow Rails and Rice Festival, and to register for the festival, visit their website:

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Pictures from YRARF

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