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Fall Celebration Connects Families with Nature

Black Bayou will be releasing butterflies to start their migration journey.

Friends of Black Bayou is hosting its 20th annual Fall Celebration on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

"Friends of Black Bayou's purpose is to support the mission of the refuge," says President Bob Eisenstadt. "We're an event planning and fundraising wing that's here to support the refuge however we can, whether through time or finances."

This weekend will be a family oriented community event. Organizations from the University of Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Tech University, The Masur Museum of Art, and the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum will all be participating. The event features children's activities such as face painting, microscopes set up to view the litter critters that take refuge in the bayou, a butterfly releasing, and bird house building.

Visitors can also enjoy canoeing and kayaking, along with the turning of the blue goose migration marker. The celebration features a fried fish lunch, as well as jambalaya and corn dogs, with Black Bayou mud pie for dessert.

Photos from the 2016 photo contest will also be on display.

More information about the event is on the Friends of Black Bayou website or the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page.

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