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New Orleans Alligator Tours

Baby Alligators are back out sunning themselves! It’s spring and the baby alligators are back out to enjoy some sunshine!   We tour past them with our kayaks and can get up pretty close without motors.  Some stunning footage of these reptiles as they sun themselves on a fallen cypress tree.

FREE Bayou St. John Kayak Cleanup

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CLEAN UP ON AISLE BAYOU!   New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours has decided to inspire eco-heros!  Join us as we scour the Bayou St. John to round up the wildlife killer culprits; plastic straws, bags, fishing line, & beer cans.  Give back and get that good feeling.   COST: Free – $5/ if your feeling super…

FREE SWAMP TOUR CLEAN UP & PIZZA PARTY

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CLEAN UP ON AISLE SWAMP!   New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours has recently adopted a mile stretch of swamp-front highway along the beautiful Manchac Greenway in LaPlace.  The goal is to clean up the trash and debris along our adopted section of roadway before it has negative environmental impacts on the area (ie birds choking…

Autumn Blooms

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Autumn Blooms by Emma Reid Here are a few flowers  that bloom in the fall that I identified the other day out on a swamp tour. Late Goldenrod, Solidago altissima, L. Goldenrod’s piney-tasting leaves and flowers…

Upstream Color

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Upstream Color The Environmental Death of the Mississippi by Josh Jack A diesel spill in New Orleans this Thursday made front page headlines in the Times-Picayune: an estimated 4,200 gallons of diesel fuel was released when a cargo vessel collided with a pier near the Nashville Avenue Wharf. And yet, as Coast Guard helicopters circled…

Butt-breathing Turtles

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Butt-breathers by Emma Reid Sure you may think Louisiana has pretty mild winters, but do not underestimate how cold our swamps get with all that cool freshwater coming from up north. Dip your toes in from the kayak and you’ll see. Now, imagine being a turtle in Louisiana or even in Minnesota under ice for…

Autumn photo recap

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Autumn photo recap by Ross Baringer In the fall marsh marigolds draw butterflies into the swamps of the Pontchartrain Basin. The red-shouldered blackbirds, who build the most intricate nests in the spring,…

A Louisiana summer in swamp photos

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A Louisiana summer in swamp photo color. by Ross Baringer The American alligator is undoubtedly the most famous resident of Louisiana swamps. Hollywood has given this animal a monstrous reputation, and while it is a dangerous predator it tends not to be aggressive. Alligator attacks are rare.

Understanding vs. Fear

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Understanding vs. Fear Breaking down our misconceptions about swamps. By Ross Baringer   Swamps have carried a negative connotation and inspired fear for centuries, even in Louisiana where most of our culture is in some way connected to that environment. In literature and film they are often portrayed as dark festering areas full of evil….

“Who hoots for you?”

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“Who hoots for you?” by Ross Baringer You don’t have to spend much time in a cypress swamp to realize that every inch of the place is overflowing with life. Millions of organisms are whirling along the repetitive course of their little life-cycles – birth, life, death, rebirth rolling on and on in perpetuity. Things both…