The only Brown Pelican colony in Southwestern Louisiana is getting some help thanks to a state project.
Rabbit Island which is an 88-acre island in Calcasieu Lake is going under restoration led by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
The project aims to restore nesting grounds for Pelicans and other birds which has been damaged from hurricanes as well as general land loss.
“So when it comes to dispersing those animals, one singular hurricane impact can devastate the entire population in the state so it is nice to have them spread out so it makes that one singular colony in Southwest Louisiana that more important to protect.” says Todd Baker, the CPRA Project Manager.
The 16.4 Million Dollar project is funded with settlement money from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and follows a similar project done last year in Jefferson Parish which saw restoration to Queen Bess Island.
The project is already underway and is scheduled to be complete by the start of the 2021 nesting season this spring.