Sabine National Wildlife Refuge is the protected area within Louisiana that is actually comprised of a total of four federal wildlife refuges: the Cameron Prairies, Sabine, Lacassine, and Shell Keys. Each of these areas are located within the southwest portion of the state, proudly advocating an ardent mission of "supporting, protecting, and providing winter habitat" for migratory waterfowl. There are over 540 species seen here total on over 184,000 acres of land, making this experience a truly educational one with hands-on sightseeing and volunteering opportunities. Be prepared to see such species as the gadwall, northern scaler, ring-neck duck, and several different species of geese.
Sabine takes in several volunteers and student interns regularly, providing these workers with refuge projects that include biological surveys, clerical assistance, in office duties, general maintenance, photo and art work, habitat restoration, and environmental education. Get various hours and assignments through the rewarding volunteer program, and perhaps even opt to stay in refuge housing while working for a long period of time. Contact the Southwest Louisiana Refuge Complex Headquarters for more information on how to apply, and prepare yourselves for a really physical, rewarding, and unforgettable volunteer experience.