For Immediate Release:  April 6, 2015

For Further Information Contact: Irvin Louque, 491-8770; Matt Young, 491-9176


Friends of Tuten Park To Host “Meet Our Migrants”

Space Limited to 25 Participants

On Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Friends of Tuten Park will host “Meet Our Migrants” at Tuten Park located at 3801 Nelson Rd. in Lake Charles.  The event will offer a chance for the public to observe and learn about migrating birds without leaving the city. “Meet Our Migrants” will consist of a short lecture about the basics of bird migration, a screening of the movie Gulf Crossing, and a guided bird walk focusing on returning migrant birds.


Each spring, millions of hawks, shorebirds, and songbirds migrate from Latin America into the United States and Canada to breed. Many, including Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, fly 600 miles across the Gulf of Mexico in a single day.  When migrants reach the Gulf Coast, they stop at any available habitat, including Tuten Park, to refuel before continuing northward.  Mulberry trees are magnets for birds migrating over urban areas. Migrants readily consume the berries and insects that the trees hold. 


Tuten Park was donated to the City of Lake Charles to provide the public a place to enjoy nature in the city. The Friends of Tuten Park invite everyone to help realize that dream and enjoy the colorful spring migrants. This event promises to be informative and entertaining to birders and non-birders, alike.


Space is limited to only 25 participants. To reserve your free seat, please email Irvin Louque, Tuten Park Program Manager, at For more information on “Meet Our Migrants”, visit


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About Friends of Tuten Park

Friends of Tuten Park consists of private citizens committed to the mission and support of Tuten Park.  The Friends of Tuten Park strive to restore and preserve habitat for wildlife, provide interpretive and educational programs to the community, and create support in the extended community for conservation opportunities. Any interested person, organization, or school who supports the mission of the Friends of Tuten Park is encouraged to join.



The City of Lake Charles fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities.   For more information, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, see the City of Lake Charles website-  or call the Mayor’s Action Line at (337) 491-1346, or contact the appropriate Department Head, or call the Title VI coordinator at (337) 491-1440.