The Atchafalaya River Basin is home to one of America’s largest river and wetlands systems, stretching over eight Louisiana parishes. The Basin boasts the largest contiguous block of forested wetlands in the Lower Mississippi Valley. The Cajun people migrated to Louisiana in the 1760s from present-day Nova Scotia, and many came to settle along the Atchafalaya River.
Benjamin Franklin once wrote that the bald eagle “is a bird of bad moral character” while the wild turkey “is in comparison a much more respectable bird.” Historians like to point to this opinion as an example of Franklin’s original thinking and eccentric rationale, but he was hardly alone in such reasoning. Ben simply paraphrased the feelings of every turkey hunter from Alabama.