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Acadian Cultural Center Hosts Birds, Birds, and More Birds!

Lafayette, La- The Acadian Cultural Center hosts the photographic work of Gary Meyers featuring Louisiana birds now through Friday, May 31. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Acadian Cultural Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is located at 501 Fisher Road in Lafayette. For more information, call 337-232-0789 ext. 201 or visit www.nps.gov/jela. “This exhibit is the perfect way to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on May 11 and to showcase our native Louisiana birds,” said Park Ranger Jodie Bacque. “The roseate spoonbill, egret, kingfisher, heron, anhinga, and the crown jewel—the bald eagle—are all represented. All of these birds can be seen at Lake Martin, in and around the Atchafalaya basin, and along Louisiana waterways, but Meyers’ photographs give you up close details that are simply stunning!” Since an early age, Meyers has been an avid fisherman and sportsman since an early age, developing a love for nature and wildlife. His early days of film photography came to a halt when his camera took a dunk in the swamp and repairs were too costly, but when digital photography arrived he used the patience and knowledge of wildlife behavior learned on a 35mm film camera to create remarkable DSLR camera shots. Meyers said, “Wildlife and nature photography is challenging but it’s very rewarding at be able to freeze a split second in time and even more rewarding to be able to share it with others.” Meyers’ work can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/imagehunter1naturephotography/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/ImageHunter1 The Acadian Cultural Center is managed by the National Park Service as part of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The center is open Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-noon. The center is closed on federal holidays and Mardi Gras. The film The Cajun Way; Echoes of Acadia is shown hourly beginning at 9:00 a.m., with the last showing at 3:00 p.m. Rangers present a short talk at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. The center also features exhibits and programs on the history and cultures of south Louisiana. Admission to the center and for most center programs is free. Group tours are available by reservation. Call the Acadian Cultural Center at 337-232-0789 ext. 11 or visit www.nps.gov/jela.