WHAT IS A BIRD ROOKERY AND WHAT IS HAPPENING IN LOUISIANA TO BUILD NEW ONES?
A bird rookery is a colony of breeding birds. The term refers to the nesting place and breeding grounds of these migratory birds. There are numerous rookeries throughout the state of Louisiana. Some are natural habitats, while others are man-made sanctuaries.
One of the largest sites for bird rookeries in Louisiana is the America’s Wetland Birding Trail which hosts 115 birding sites throughout 22 parishes. This trail links birding trails across the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida. At any given time, approximately 450 migratory species, as well as native bird species, can be sighted along America’s Wetland Birding Trail. The coastal marsh lands host some of the most unusual species of songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl. However, as we continue to lose our wetlands in Southeast Louisiana through coastal erosion and the deforestation of nesting trees, the places for birds to establish a rookery are decreasing in numbers. The National Audubon Society works tirelessly to save rookeries and establish new ones.
Amphibious equipment is employed to combat coastal erosion through land, levee, and wetland reclamation and development; dredging; and environmental clean up. Because of its ability to operate on all terrains, including swamps and marshes, Wilco Manufacturing amphibious equipment has been proven to be remarkably dependable in these types of coastal restoration operations. Levee building and land reclamation employs a host of machinery from cranes to excavators. Amphibious equipment, especially designed to operate on soft, wet terrains, have a unique pontoon construction with resistance to corrosion, track chains, track shoes, and hydrostatic drive. This unusual equipment includes cranes, excavators, Digger Derricks, and personnel carriers, largely resembling machinery used on hard landscapes.
In addition to manufacturing amphibious hydraulic undercarriages for a wide range of equipment, Wilco Manufacturing and Wilco Marsh Buggies offer rental, leasing, and contracting options. If you would like to learn more about Wilco Manufacturing and Wilco Marsh Buggies, call us toll free at (877) 311-0727 or you can reach us at (337) 235-1715.