Annual Yellow Rails and Rice Festival Attracts Birders from Far and Wide

By Kane Webb, USA Rice

THORNWELL -- This past weekend marked the eleventh year that ornithologists and avid birdwatchers have gathered in southwest Louisiana for a chance to take in the beauty and abundance of waterfowl and wildlife here – particularly the yellow rail, a rare marshbird that migrates to the Gulf Coast each winter, stopping over in Louisiana’s rice fields.