The following milestones have been attained by the National WildBird Refuge
since its inception:
Project Swallow has been the pioneering body in recognizing the importance
of native and migratory birds and their benefit to the environment, the
people, and the economy of Louisiana.
1990 - Through the efforts of Project Swallow and Senator Ken Hollis, the
Louisiana legislature passed Louisiana Revised Statute #56:803 and Jefferson
Parish Ordinance #18055, designating this area as the Lake Pontchartrain State
The organization obtained approval and the Greater New Orleans Expressway
constructed the small viewing area now used by visitors to enjoy the Purple Martin phenomenon.
1992 - A lease from the State of Louisiana was negotiated and acquired for
the land and water-bottoms upon which the Sanctuary will be constructed.
The organization's research developed methods, trained personnel, and
established a pilot rehabilitation center for the Sanctuary. From these
methods, the Purple Martin Rehabilitation Manual was written and published by
The Nature Society. The manual is now used by more than one thousand
institutions and individuals throughout North and South America.
Our Education Outreach program has reached thousands at schools and civic
organizations through presentations and displays by Project Swallow
From our research, one hundred and twenty-four scientific papers and
articles have been published in some of the most respected and widely read
journals including Nature Society News, Purple Martin Update, the North
American Rehabilitation Association, and the American Association of
Project Swallow initiated the "Save the Swallows" program. Over a five
year period, over 6,700 feet of fencing has been erected to eliminate
collisions between automobiles and birds at both ends of the Causeway. Prior
to this construction, it was estimated that 12,000 birds per year were being
killed by cars.
1997 - Over a four year period, Project Swallow has completed the lengthy
permit process for the construction of the Sanctuary.
We have attracted local and national media attention for the
project...and the people and the press love it.
If you want to help, write us at:Project Swallow, P.O. Box 7066, Metairie, LA USA 70010-7066 Copyright by NWR -- This page last updated September, 2002