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Travel South Planner 2017

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70 ' y y Naturally Made G A from under a rock in a tide pool. "I saw something fall into my net and thought it was a starfi sh. It was kind of orange and about that shape," said Richardson. "Then its legs started stretching out, and my eyes about popped out of my head — it was a small octopus." Despite having visited the beach for more than 30 years, Richardson said there are always unexpected discoveries. One year, there was a surplus of starfi sh. Previously, groups were lucky to see two or three on a given trip, and then suddenly starfi sh began showing up by the dozens. "You never really know what you're going to fi nd out there from one day to the next," said Richardson. WWW.CEASURF.COM GROSSE S AVANNE ECO-T OURS Bell City, Louisiana The Grosse Savanne Eco- Tour takes place on a 50,000-acre property of fresh and salt-water marshes, cypress swamps, coast- al prairies, pine forests and farm- land. It is a paradise for nature lovers, who can enjoy boat tours, miles of secluded trails and un- paralleled bird-watching. Though the land was severely damaged by rice production dur- ing the early 20th century, resto- ration efforts over the past decade have brought back hundreds of native plants and animals. More than 400 species of birds migrate through the region each year, making it one of the top birding COLORFUL WATERFOWL IN LOUISIANA'S GROSSE SAVANNE MARSHLAND Cour tesy Lake Charles/SWLA CVB ' u u y u y ' ' ' y H G y u y 1 y ? ? ? ? ? ? N N N N N N N N N N N N N N a a a a a a t t t t u u u r r r r r a a a a a a l l l l l l y y y y y M M M M M M M M M M M a a a a a a d d d d d d d d e e e e e

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