Red River National Wildlife Refuge


Tue June 16, 2015

Two northwest Louisiana recreation areas remain open despite flooding

As cleanup begins in the refuge, ranger Terri Jacobson is concerned about the land that flanks the Red River. “Who knows what the river did? Did it cut away or donate land? It will be interesting to see,” she said.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Lake Bistineau in northwest Louisiana is above flood stage and has just reopened to boats. The lake is connected to the Red River via Loggy Bayou. Lake manager David Jett is tracking a slow and steady decline in the lake level over the past two days. He’s seen a bigger Bistineau.

“Oh my goodness, I’ve seen it much higher than this. In fact, it was higher than this back in the early spring. In 2009, if I recall correctly, the lake level went up to 147 feet,” Jett said.

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Mon February 24, 2014

Red River National Wildlife Refuge to showcase its nightlife sounds

Red River National Wildlife Refuge ranger Terri Jacobson will present a program about night sounds on the refuge.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The Friends of the Red River National Wildlife Refuge will host a public event Monday that will explore the night sounds on the refuge in Bossier City. Owls, frogs, and crickets are just part of the nighttime chorus, according to refuge ranger Terri Jacobson. In the spring, Jacobson said, the wildlife sounds intensify.

“The animals are waking up and starting to call and sing and make noise as they’re gathering courtship, pairing up, getting together to create families for the spring," Jacobson said.

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Mon July 15, 2013

Red River National Wildlife Refuge offers educator workshops

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The Red River National Wildlife Refuge in Bossier City is set to host four educator workshops this month.

Refuge ranger Terri Jacobson will lead the six-hour workshops where participants can earn professional development hours. The free seminars are open to many different types of educators. They will learn about helping children make deeper connections to nature and exploring many aspects of wild birds, among other topics. Red River National Wildlife Refuge manager, Pat Stinson told Red River Radio last year that its visitor’s center is a hub for outdoor education.

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Thu January 12, 2012

Refuge opens "green" visitor's center focused on education

U.S. Rep. John Fleming (R-Shreveport) speaks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Red River National Wildlife Refuge's $3.8 million visitor and education center.

The Red River National Wildlife Refuge's new 9,000-square-foot facility will be a launch pad for refuge activities, including hiking, bird watching and berry picking. Officials say thousands of schoolchildren will use the refuge's new educational wing.