Yellow Rails and Rice Festival

      Hampton Inn & Suites in Jennings, LA
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A festival like no other....

The 8th annual Yellow Rails and Rice Festival is scheduled for 2-6 November 2016. Designed with fun in mind, its primary goal is to provide participants a unique venue to view Yellow Rails while at the same time bringing birders and farmers together to realize the value to birds of the area’s “working wetlands.”  The festival schedule is casual and participants can attend all field days (weather permitting) or come and go at their leisure.  Leaders/facilitators are positioned at field sites and help participants spot birds as well as provide information or answer questions.  In addition to visiting rice fields, participants can explore nearby birding areas, join trips to local points of interest, or venture farther afield to search for specialty birds in other Louisiana habitats, such as the pineywoods or Cameron Parish coast.  Many of the agencies and organizations that study, manage, and protect Louisiana’s birds and habitats assist at the festival, as well as have information booths during the opening reception so that participants can learn more about their activities. A banding workshop is again offered this year. Based in Jennings, participants are positioned in the heart of Cajun Country in Louisiana’s SW prairie region, an area known for great birding, local cuisine, and a rich history and culture. 

Visit the YRARF 2016 Events Schedule page to see this year’s activities and find links for additional information. Online and mail registration opens 1 August.  To be added to our emailing list for up-to-date YRARF  2016 announcements, or to ask for information or inquire about private tours, send

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The Yellow Rails and Rice Festival 2016

Visit a sampler of past festivals:

YRARF  2009
YRARF  2010
YRARF  2011
YRARF  2012
YRARF  2013 
YRARF  2014
YRARF  2015

             YRARF 2016

2016 coming soon

Centrally located, YRARF 2016 is based in Jennings, Louisiana

Festival countdown to check-in!



                     After Waders in Working Wetlands: Shorebird Extravaganza

migrate north to the


Acadia in Spring

then back to Acadiana in Fall

for Yellow Rails and Rice Festival!