This Celebration Event, initiated in 1998, was based in part to support the purchase and managementof the Grand Isle Sanctuary that included protection of some of the last remaining undeveloped chenier habitats (live oak ridges). Today, only 10% of these forest habitats that once existed on much of Grand Isle still exist today.
Years ago, the Orleans Audubon Society established the concept of a sanctuary on Grand Isle. Since 1998 the Sanctuary Group has promoted establishment of a monetary fund to purchase property. To date, there is over $12,000 available.
A member of the Sanctuary Group, The Louisiana Nature Conservancy has already purchased property on Grand Isle -- the Lafitte Woods Preserve and has developed easements/agreements for management of other properties-- Grand Isle Port Commission Marsh, LSU AgCenter Cemetery Woods and Sureway Woods.) These properties now comprise the Grand Isle Birding Trail – part of the larger concept of a coastal birding trail in Louisiana.
How to Donate to the Sanctuary Fund
Join us in protecting the last remaining forested habitats on Grand Isle, LA. You can make a donation to the Grand Isle Sanctuary Fund. Make checks payable to Orleans Audubon Society with a memo indicating the donation is for the Grand Isle Sanctuary Fund
Mail to: Grand Isle Sanctuary Fund
Michael Crago, Treasurer
Orleans Audubon Society
801 Rue Dauphine, Ste. 304
Metairie, LA 70005