Although small, Brownell Park provides one of the most serene, idyllic, and refreshing experiences in coastal Louisiana. Situated on the western shore of Lake Palourde amidst a pristine baldcypress-tupelo gum swamp, the park offers a walking path, foot bridges, a modest visitors center, restrooms, and well-placed benches.
Expect regular encounters with Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, and Northern Cardinal on a year round basis. At certain times of the year, various species tend to gather at the lake in substantially large numbers. Examples include hundreds of American White Pelicans and thousands of Double-crested Cormorants throughout the winter months. The Southern Bald Eagle is another common winter sight.
In early spring, northbound Yellow-rumped Warblers use Brownell as a staging area of sorts. Dozens can be observed on any given day between late February and mid-April. From mid-April through early June, similar numbers of Prothonotary Warblers can be seen at the swamp on a daily basis. By mid-June, most of these birds will settle down in the area as local breeders. In August and early September, large numbers of fall-migrating Yellow Warblers use Brownell Park as a staging area, just as the Yellow-rumpeds did six months earlier.