(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 developing and implementing bird monitoring and habitat enhancement projects within BTNEP’s Migratory and Resident Bird Program. Natalie manages the BTNEP Prothonotary Warbler Conservation and Monitoring Project, coordinates the partnership and development of the Osprey Nest Platform Installation and Monitoring Project, and conducts coastal bird surveys monitoring species of conservation concern including Piping Plover, Snowy Plover, Wilson’s Plover, Red Knot, Least Tern, Reddish Egret, and Common Nighthawk. She develops educational outreach materials promoting bird conservation including brochures, fact sheets, displays, presentations, and social media posts. She provides technical support to the Senior Scientist and works closely with management conference members to provide bird conservation recommendations and actions relevant to the implementation of BTNEP’s Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan.

BS Wildlife Ecology & Conservation