Bird Island Tours at Lake Ouachita State Park

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Bird Island Tours at Lake Ouachita State Park
Bird Island Tours at Lake Ouachita State Park

The below news release was sent by Lake Ouachita State Park Interpreter Susan Adkins. I’ve been on one of these tours before and they are worth checking out if you get a chance to do so sometime. Enjoy!

Lake Ouachita State Park in Mountain Pine announces the 2012 Bird Island Tour schedule. Bird Island, located in the middle of Lake Ouachita, hosts up to 50 thousand purple martins each night during the summer.  After nesting, the birds convene there with thousands of others before their long migration to Brazil.

While the roost is active, Lake Ouachita State Park gives barge tours out to observe the birds flying low across the lake, swirling around Bird Island, and finally cascading into a small grove of cypress trees just as the sun sets.  While visiting the evening martin roost, tour guests may find the nesting egrets and herons equally captivating.  If lucky, guests may also catch a glimpse of a pelican, ibis or other wading bird alongside the martins, egrets and herons.

The tour schedule includes trips to the island several evenings per week in July and August. While the greatest number of birds have historically been seen in late July and early August, you can’t go wrong by reserving your space on any of these popular tours.