Around 1895, McIlhenny decided to build his own flying cage to help save the Snowy Egret, whose numbers had plummeted in recent times because of heavy demand for egret plumes, used to decorate women''s hats. For his flying cage McIlhenny chose "a small, wet area known as Willow Pond.” Building a dam around the place, he increased the pond's size to thirty-five acres. He then constructed an enormous flying cage of poultry netting suspended over the water. McIlhenny knew that egrets preferred to nest over water, because swimming alligators discouraged other predators from stealing eggs or young egrets.
McIlhenny soon found eight young snowy Egrets and hand-raised them. They thrived and appeared content in the cage, and even seemed to enjoy interacting with McIlhenny. That fall, McIlhenny freed the birds to migrate south. Early the following spring-as he had hoped-six of his original eight birds returned
Location. 29° 54.46′ N, 91° 54.727′ W. Marker is in Avery Island, Louisiana, in Iberia Parish. Marker is on Jungle Garden Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Avery Island LA 70513, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McIlhenny (within shouting distance of this marker); Bamboo (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunken Gardens (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Buddah (approx. ¼ mile away); Boat House (approx. ¼ mile away); This Buddah (approx. ¼ mile away); The Cleveland Oak (approx. 0.4 miles away); Southern Live Oaks (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Avery Island.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 16, 2018.