The AMOY Working Group held its 18th annual meeting in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Grand Isle, the only inhabited barrier island in the state, survived Katrina and Rita in 2005 and the BP Oil Spill in 2010. It’s also a tremendous place to observe bird migration, with a beautiful tract of remnant oak/hackberry forest. Today, the island is home to around 1,500 locals, who make a living from the seafood and oil industries. More than 12,000 tourists visit the island annually to participate in fishing rodeos and enjoy the wide-open beaches and countless bird sightings.
Thanks to Jessica Schulz, U.S. Geological Survey, Delaina LeBlanc, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, and Samantha Collins, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries for their great work organizing the meeting.