(BTNEP) Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program

BTNEP Bird Staff


Richard DeMay
Senior Scientist
email: richard@btnep.orgrichard.demay (1)

Richard oversees several aspects for the BTNEP program.  He has 23 years of experience as a scientific and technical coordinator involving numerous wetland projects in an effort to improve water quality, protect living resources, and abate wetland loss. Presently, his primary duties include implementation of the Migratory and Resident Bird Action Plan and the many projects associated with the implementation of that plan, management over the various BTNEP budgets, and coordinating the activities associated with the Maritime Forest Ridge and Marsh Restoration Project near Port Fourchon, LA. Richard has also worked on two intergovernmental personnel agreements during his career. One agreement was with the USFWS which focused on coastal restoration projects in Louisiana and the second was with the USGS National Wetlands Research Center which concentrated on seagrass across the northern Gulf of Mexico.

BS, Wildlife Conservation
MS, Fisheries Research


Delaina Leblanc
Migratory Birds Coordinator
email: delaina@btnep.orgdelaina.leblanc (1)

Delaina has worked with the program since 2007 conducting coastal bird research that serves in the protection of habitat for migratory and resident birds. She is responsible for coordination of bird surveys, management of data, promotion of bird conservation and outreach. In addition to being the BTNEP Migratory Bird Coordinator Delaina is an artist who uses her talent to draw attention to the importance of birds to the wetlands community. Delaina has been featured in the 2014 and 2015 New Orleans Wetlands Art Tour which features art, film, fashion and more at 20 venues in the Marigny and Bywater. Her artwork is designed to call attention to coastal land loss and bird preservation issues.

Masters in Fine Arts


Natalie WatersNatalie_Waters (1)
Bird Conservation Coordinator
email: Natalie@btnep.org

Natalie is responsible for assisting with the various migratory and resident bird projects within the program. Her duties include conducting coastal bird surveys, monitoring breeding bird populations, promoting bird conservation, outreach and ecotourism activities. During her first year at BTNEP she worked closely with our partners in Grand Isle on a variety of bird conservation projects and outreach including assisting with the planning and promotion of the Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival. Natalie previously worked as an intern for Audubon Louisiana.

BS Wildlife Ecology & Conservation