Monroe Mercy Residents Up Close and Personal with Bayou Creatures

Mercy residents Alexa and December pose beside the beautiful Black Bayou.
Mercy residents Alexa (L) and December (R) pose beside the beautiful Black Bayou.

May 22, 2015

Residents at our Monroe home recently enjoyed a “Night of the Bayou” adventure with members of Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church at the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe.

The annual outing included a brown bag dinner and an educational tour of the bayou led by a refuge ranger. Mercy residents learned about plants and animals native to the area.The Black Bayou—located in the Ouachita parish of Monroe, Louisiana—features a spectacular 1,600-acre scenic lake and a 4,500-acre refuge that supports a variety of waterfowl, migratory songbirds and other wildlife.

Mercy resident Laura holds a live snake at the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Mercy resident Laura holds a live snake at the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Even though some residents were a bit anxious, they loved experiencing nature up close and personal. “When I first found out that we were going to the Black Bayou, I was a little uncomfortable because I am not a huge fan of the outdoors!” said Mercy resident,Rachel. “But once we arrived, I got a glimpse of God’s glory and magnificence. Through nature, God revealed His love and majesty to me, reminding me of how much He loves me. All in all, I had an absolute blast!”

Encountering some bayou creatures helped Mercy resident Emily overcome her fears. “The trip to the Black Bayou was a blast,” she said. “Walking on the trail and learning about the native plants and animals was a neat experience. I also got to face my fears and pet a snake and alligator! I’m so thankful to the kind people of Jesus Good Shepherd Church for hosting this event for us! I will certainly never forget it!”

Monroe Mercy Residents Up Close and Personal with Bayou Creatures

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