Avian Events Support Team


Louisiana Events:

Yellow Rails and Rice Festival

Shorebird Extravaganza

Christmas Bird Counts

Birds, birding, & biology...

Avian Events Support Team (AVESTEAM) is a non-profit corporation based in Louisiana and formed in 2010 to help organize or assist with organization of bird-oriented events, such as festivals, workshops, or tours and surveys with emphasis on, but not restricted to, promotion of regional birding, agritourism, and ecotourism.  

    The first event sponsored by AVESTEAM is the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival.

   In 2015 we introduced Waders in Working Wetlands: Shorebird Extravaganza, similar festival that expands on the Spring Shorebird Blitz, currently an all-out one-day census of shorebirds in the SW rice-growing region during spring migration.  We anticipate that this may become a smaller or intermittent event based on overall interest.

    We have also help sponsor four Audubon Christmas Bird Counts,  also in the SW LA area: Lacassine NWR -Thornwell CBC, Sweet Lake-Cameron Prairie NWR CBC, and White Lake CBC, as well as the Sabine NWR CBC based in Cameron; as well as pelagic surveys and projects to monitoring movements of Yellow Rails.

    For more information contact:

Donna L. Dittmann at donnaldittmann@gmail.com


Avian Events Support Team is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Governing documents, conflict of interest policy,

and financial statements available upon request.