Nova Clarke

Nova Clarke, / Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the Annual Summer Solstice Paddle June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the refuge. The after-hours paddle celebrates the beginning of summer.

Celebrating Spring with Black Bayou

Apr 10, 2017

This Saturday, April 15th Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is combining Earth Day, Migratory Bird Day, and Tax Day into one Spring Celebration. The Celebration will be held from 10: 00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the refuge.

The celebration will include an egg hunt, the turning of the blue goose, a ribbon cutting, a paddle board demonstrations by H2GO, and many fun activities for kids. Dale Barry will be there as a special guest with his hawk, Delhi along with the Forestry Club from Louisiana Tech University.

Will Watson / Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

North Louisiana hosts a variety of migrating bird and butterfly species as the seasons change. One of the missions of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is to provide a safe haven for these weary travelers on their long journey. 

To highlight the importance of the refuge to these animal's survival, and to spotlight the perils they face along the way, Black Bayou is hosting Migration Day on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event coincides with International Migratory Bird Day.

Fall Celebration at Black Bayou

Oct 15, 2015
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National Wildlife Refuge Week is highlighted Saturday at Black Bayou in the annual Fall Celebration.

Friends of Black Bayou present a free day full of fun and education.  "There will be animals from Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, birdhouse building, a butterfly release, and much more," says Refure Ranger Nova Clarke.

Guests can enjoy a free fish fry, and other treats, including Black Bayou Mud Pie.  

Kids will enjoy participating the traditional "turning of the blue goose", to signal the change of migration season.

Fighting Invasives

Aug 21, 2015
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Invasive plants can be an exhausting problem for landowners.  It is an issue at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, where Chinese Tallow attempts to run wild.

"It is not too horrible at the refuge just yet, which is why we need to catch it early," says Nova Clarke, a ranger at Black Bayou.  "We want to prevent it from becoming a losing battle."


Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge celebrates National Pollinator Week.

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is using the weekend to celebrate nature's pollinators. National Pollinator Week brings  awareness to plants, insects and mammals that aid in pollination. Black Bayou has been hosting sessions that educates the community on its local pollinators.