Festival updates 2017


Important YRARF Updates - It’s the 9th Annual Yellow Rails and Rice Festival!

Wednesday’s rains eliminated harvest operations so Beat the Crowds spent the day dodging rain at local sites from Thornwell, Lake Arthur to Lacassine Pool NWR.

With Thursday’s harvest operation in limbo due to the heavy rains and saturated fields improvised trips radiated out from Mike’s following the opening reception. We were called back for a late harvest starting at 3 PM where we were successful!  Although there were not a lot of rails compared to some field sites we did observe all four expected species Yellow, Sora, Virginia, and King. The rescheduled Coastal Rail trip scored a Black Rail this evening!

FRIDAY SCHEDULE: Crowley WTP scored a Long-tailed Duck and participants reported that they had a great time at Falcon Mill. The local trip departed in dense fog and while fields dried for harvesting found numerous Le Conte’s Sparrow  -  species on the top of many participants Wish List. We were delayed by about an hour to the harvest site - but rails were numerous and the finale at the end of the field at the banding operation was nothing less than spectacular with all of the regular rail species captured for banding.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE: Fog again postposed harvesting - but worth the wait. Another successful day in Thornwell. Cameron and Pineywoods trips also report success - as did the local AM trip with point blank look at LeConte’s Sparrows.

SUNDAY SCHEDULE: No changes - Cameron trip will depart as scheduled - for those on the last trip of YRARF 2017 - see you bright and early (remember - fall backwards with the time change).

It was a great YRARF - thanks to old friends who came back and lots of new friends met at this festival. We wish you safe travels home and please visit Louisiana in the future.

Yellow Rail lapel/hat pin (right)

new 2017 design at Yellow Rail Sales