Eunice, LA, July 2, 2016 -- The festival is excited to have the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) WHOOPING CRANE PROJECT returning for the 2016 festival! The project, along with crane mascot, will will be part of the Walk-Through Louisiana space at the festival.
The LDWF is working cooperatively with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Geological Survey, the International Crane Foundation and the LA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit to restore the whooping crane within Louisiana. Project funding is derived from LDWF species restoration dedicated funds, federal grants and private/corporate donations. LDWF’s budget for the initial year of the project is $400,000. The project costs escalate in year two and beyond as the project expands. LDWF estimates that it will be necessary to raise $3 to 4 million private dollars to help fund a portion of this 15-year project.
The program recently had a crane mascot costume made, enabling fun, educational interaction with children and the general public.