The City of Lake Charles, as part of its Partners in Parks initiative, is teaming up with the Gulf Coast Bird Club to offer two Nature in Focus events during the month of February.

The first guided bird walk will take place at Tuten Park, 3801 Nelson Road, on Friday, February 1, from 9-10:30 a.m.

The second guided bird walk will take place at Riverside Park, 1700 Fitzenreiter Road, on Friday, February 15, from 9-10:30 a.m.

“Despite the colder temperatures, February still offers the chance to see some unique species,” said Irvin Louque, City of Lake Charles parks program manager. “At Tuten Park we’ve recently spotted Wood Ducks taking advantage of our new Wood Duck nesting box and at Riverside Park, we’ve had sightings of Cedar Waxwings, an attractive and nomadic wintering species on the hunt for berries.”

As part of the Partners in Parks initiative, Sasol has made the purchase of binoculars possible. These will be available on loan to participants. Additionally, participants should prepare for this exclusively outdoor event by dressing appropriately and preparing for biting insects.

There is no cost to attend the walks, but pre-registration is requested and can be completed by visiting bit.ly/TutenEd or calling (337) 491-8770.

“Our parks are a critical component of quality of life in the City of Lake Charles,” added Mayor Nic Hunter. “Programs like these are a small part of a larger effort we are making across the city through our Partners in Parks initiative to expand opportunities for citizens of all ages to make their way outside and explore science and nature in their own backyard.” 

In July of 2018 the City of Lake Charles launched its citywide Partners in Parks initiative aimed at investing private and public dollars to improve park infrastructure and expand programming.

Individuals interested in investing in city parks made do so online by visiting www.foundationswla.org. 

Tuten Park, located at 3801 Nelson Road, is a 24-acre park with natural woods, walking paths, butterfly garden and more.

Riverside Park, located at 1700 Fitzenreiter Road, consists of approximately 200 acres of wetland habitat bordering the Calcasieu River. The park is set aside by the City of Lake Charles to ensure the conservation and restoration of native wildlife to create opportunities for human activity and interaction with nature.