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Birding in
Jeff Davis Parish


The Yellow Rails & Rice Festival is designed with fun in mind, and the primary 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.”

Dowload Festival Brochure
Dowload Species Pairs List

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.