The lower Mississippi River Delta consists of a variety of wildlife habitats that consists of freshwater, brackish and saltwater marshes, ponds, lakes and bays. The Plaquemines parish portion of the Delta represents 14% of the entire nation’s wetlands in 1 location. This wide variety that makes up a very large estuary is both a full-time home to many animal species and a migratory, or a part-time home to a vast number of other animals.
Due to the very rich food source the Delta provides, it cultivates massive numbers & species of birds. Large numbers of wading birds can be found throughout the Delta. Thousands and thousands of many duck species migrate to and through the Delta for a wintertime home. Eagles, osprey, hawks, vultures and other raptors patrol high, overhead the Delta for their daily meals. The Mississippi River Delta is the home of one of the very best birding areas in the U.S..
A large number of fur-bearing animals inhabit the Delta with most spending their entire life around the marshes. Deer, coyotes, muskrats, otters, rabbit, raccoons, nutria, pigs and other mammals are a visual bonus when on a tour. Delta supports a great variety of fish species that includes Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Flounder, Sheepshead, Jack Crevalle, as well as a number of shark species in the saltwater areas. Freshwater species include Largemouth Bass, Catfish and various species of panfish.