The City of Lake Charles and Sasol are teaming up on Saturday, Jan.4, to present the first Nature in Focus Guided Bird Walk of the New Year. Titled New Year, New Birds, this free walk will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Riverside Park (1701 Fitzenreiter Road).

This session will focus on introducing new birders and the public to the unique birdlife of Riverside Park. It’s an ideal event for anyone interested in the natural world seeking to learn a little more about area birds. 

The event is free, but pre-registration is requested through Eventbrite, the Nature in Focus Facebook page or by emailing Irvin Louque at irvin.louque@cityoflc.us.

Bird watchers are known for keeping lists of the birds they observe, and the Nature in Focus walks are no exception. In 2019, the Nature in Focus bird walks at Riverside and Tuten parks recorded a total of 89 species of birds. Many of those were the expected species for the given time of year, but some highlights included Bald Eagle, Crested Caracara, Canada Goose, Sandhill Crane, and Blue-headed Vireo.

“Our parks are a critical component of quality of life in the City of Lake Charles,” said 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 may do so online by visiting www.foundationswla.org.