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Queen Bess

March 7, 2020

Project Overview:

This project, developed in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, is designed to restore suitable colonial waterbird nesting and brood-rearing bird habitat on the island through the placement of dredged material, vegetative plantings, and limestone rip rap and aggregate. The project calls for the enhancement of the existing rock ring, the strategic placement of bird ramps around the island, and the installation of breakwaters. These project features are intended to protect the island and enhance its nesting and brooding habitat

Press Releases:

2.3.20 Gov. John Bel Edwards Announces Restoration of Queen Bess Island

1.6.20 LDWF Biologist Find Banding Pelicans At Night On Queen Bess Island To Be Easier Than In The Day

11.13.19 LWFC Approves Resolution Making Queen Bess Island A Louisiana Wildlife Refuge

6.3.19 Queen Bess Island Restoration Contract Awarded to Pontchartrain Partners, LLC

3.29.19 Queen Bess Island Restoration Project Greenlighted

7.25.18 LDWF Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Brown Pelican Restoration at Queen Bess Island

12.27.18 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustees Release Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration of Queen Bess Island


Critical pelican nesting ground restored, 10 years after BP oil spill

Louisiana Conservationist: Winter 2019 50 Year Anniversary, “Where They Nest Best”

Louisiana Conservationist: Winter 2019.  “Night Moves”

Project Factsheet


Queen Bess 2019 – LDWF Pictures and Video

Queen Bess and Pelicans 2018 –LDWF Pictures and Video