19th Annual Wild Things Festival
On October 15, outreach staff from Restore the Mississippi River Delta attended the 19th Annual Wild Things Festival in Lacombe, LA. The fun-filled day included nature walks, a wildlife youth art show, live animal exhibits, and much more.
To encourage spending time outside and creating backyard wildlife habitats at home, our team worked with hundreds of children and families to make bird feeder tree ornaments out of easy-to-find household snacks.
Staff also led discussions and answered questions about coastal restoration in Louisiana and distributed information about restoration solutions and upcoming public meetings on the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan. While we can’t guarantee that all the ornaments made it home without being consumed by their makers, we can guarantee that a good time was had by all. Wild Things is hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Bayou Lacombe Center on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain.
As Senior Outreach Coordinator, Samantha Carter works to develop and implement outreach and engagement strategies to advance the priorities of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program for the National Wildlife Federation. Focusing on the Greater New Orleans area, she educates and engages community leaders and other key stakeholders, including elected officials and neighborhood associations, to address the alarming loss of coastal wetlands in Louisiana. Additionally, Samantha helps coordinate the MRGO Must Go Coalition – a group of 17 environmental, community, and social justice organizations working to restore the degraded wetland ecosystem that protects the Greater New Orleans area from storm surge.