- The Black Rail is considered critically imperiled in Louisiana and is listed as a Tier 1 Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan. It was listed under the Endangered Species Act in 2020.
- Knowledge of the status of species in Louisiana is limited due to lack studies in coastal marshes:
- Black Rails natural tendency to call at night, along with the vast expanse of marsh habitat in Louisiana, make this species difficult to study using traditional surveys.
- Lack of knowledge of the species in Louisiana has resulted in an inability to implement effective conservation measures to benefit this species.
- Without knowing when and where Black Rail is occurring in the state, restoration and management efforts will be unable to account for the habitat needs of this rare and declining species.
Audubon Delta Black Rail Project:
- Our Black Rail Project, in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will document the presence, or absence, of Black Rails across Louisiana’s coastal zone.
- Valuable data will be collected that will allow for the inclusion of this species in restoration and management plans and activities.
- Our biologists began bird and vegetation surveys in May 2017, identified and scouted possible marsh survey locations, and created a predictive map of Cameron Parish high salt marsh habitat.
- In November of 2017, we began conducting night-time drag-line surveys in high coastal marsh to locate and band Black and Yellow Rails as part of a migration study.
You can help!
The Black Rail is considered critically imperiled in Louisiana and is listed as a Tier 1 Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan. It was listed in the Endangered Species Act in 2020. We will continue to conduct drag-line surveys and need volunteers! This exciting volunteer opportunity will offer participants to seek out the Gulf Coast’s most elusive marsh bird – the Black Rail.
For survey dates and more information, contact Jonathon.Leuck@audubon.org
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