Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Sanctuary

2009 December 9
by David J. Ringer

VICKSBURG, MISS. — Last week, several colleagues and I visited Audubon’s Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Sanctuary in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, in preparation for an upcoming Audubon Magazine article on Audubon’s work in coastal Louisiana.

Rainey is a wild place — a humbling place. From within this swath of coastal marsh, you can see virtually nothing else in any direction. At 26,000 acres, Rainey is Audubon’s largest sanctuary and is almost twice the size of Manhattan Island. It lies at the heart of an ambitious and exciting conservation effort, which I’ll be talking more about in the coming months.

Until you can see Rob Howard‘s photos in the magazine next year, here are a few of my snapshots:

marsh

snow-geese

waders

black-necked-stilts

rainey

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  1. Birding Louisiana’s southwest coast
  2. Touring the Mississippi River delta
3 Responses
  1. December 9, 2009

    Oh!

    Oh, gee!

    That does look like a big and humbling place indeed.

  2. December 9, 2009

    Wow… What a beautiful place. What a vast expanse. I’m overjoyed that it’s protected and set aside for nature. And I’m looking forward to hearing more about the larger conservation effort!

  3. April 15, 2010

    Beautiful photos of a stunning treasure. What are the current plans re drilling for oil here?

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