BTNEP recognizes that for the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary to be preserved, it must be understood and appreciated. Therefore providing avenues for the education of Louisiana citizens, as well as people around the country, is a high priority for the program. It is our hope that these materials will help in producing an educated citizenry, who will understand and protect the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary.

Downloads: Products, Publications, & Videos

View and print digital versions of our planning, research, and educational products.  This database contains all of the products available in digital formats.  Many of these products are also available in hard copy by visiting or calling the BTNEP Program Office.


BTNEP is working to protect and preserve the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary System for the benefit of Louisiana's future generations. BTNEP has made a commitment to educate the youth of today so that the estuary will continue to be protected and preserved. To fulfill this educational goal, BTNEP has collected and produced various educational materials and will make them available to teachers and non-professional educators through the BTNEP Educators Web Portal.


400 different species of birds are known to have occurred in the Barataria-Terrebonne system. Of this nearly 200 species are considered common to abundant at least during part of the year. Sixty-four of these species are considered residents – year round inhabitants of southeast Louisiana. The BTNEP Bird Portal is dedicated to providing information about the efforts underway to support birds and birding. We strive to provide factual information to those interested about Barataria-Terrebonne's avian resource.

Water Quality

Water pollution can come from two types of sources.  The first is a point source such as a factory.  The second is a nonpoint source. Nonpoint source pollution is a type of water pollution that is not generated from a discrete conveyance, such as a discharge pipe, but is generated during rainfall events.  The Water Quality Web Portal explores pollution sources and provides tips on what you can do to help prevent pollution.

Invasive Species

Exotic plants and animals that are introduced into the local environment, either purposefully or accidentally, pose a serious threat to our estuary’s living resources. Freed from the natural system of checks and balances in their native habitat, some exotic organisms thrive, and are able to reproduce explosively. They then invade their new environment, and their unchecked growth can cause significant problems for local creatures and habitats. Use the Invasive Species Portal to learn about invasive species that threaten the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary and what you can do to help prevent the spread of invasive species.

Estuary Tours

BTNEP is proud to present the swamp and marsh tour operators that participated in the Ecotourism Exchange. The tour operators were visited by BTNEP staff and attended a one-day training, which included sharing information about each tour and learning new and valuable information about the vanishing estuary.  Use the Estuary Tours Portal to schedule your next swamp tour.


Visit our partners to learn more about the efforts being undertaken in cooperation with BTNEP to restore coastal Louisiana.



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