COAST AUDUBON SOCIETY
FALL AND EARLY WINTER 2014
LOGTOWN (Hancock County)
Meeting Place: Mississippi Welcome Center (Stennis Space Center)
7:15 a.m. Hancock County
Jay Morris and Nancy Madden
Hardwood and bottomland habitat prime for migrating songbirds in
the spring and the fall. The newly completed boardwalk offers new
and exciting possibilities. Brush up on those fall warblers which
offer up a dose of humility for many a birder! Nancy and Jay are
both seasoned birders who were instrumental in the now infamous
“Lifebird Macarana” scandal in the mid nineties. Statues are
- WEST SHIP ISLAND
MEETING PLACE: SHIP ISLAND FERRY DOCK, GULFPORT (CROSS HWY 49
AT HWY. 90 to access the ferry)
TIME: 8:30 AM
LEADER: OLIVIA GRAVES
FERRY WILL DEPART AT 9 AM. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED. Check http://www.msshipisland.com/ for
ticket prices. We will meet at the entrance to the fort on the
island, bird the area along the boardwalk and swim beach, walk
the south beach east to the mud flat and return on north beach
back to the fort. Be sure to wear a hat, bring bnoculars,
sunscreen, water and lunch/snacks. Food is available on the
boat and at the snack bar. The return boat departs at 2:30 pm
and 5 pm. I plan to stay the entire day. The walk to the east
end is long but we will go slow. At this time of the year, I
wade in the water several times to cool off. Shorebirds, terns,
marsh birds and migrating birds are present on this beautiful
barrier island, a part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.
DAUPHIN ISLAND (Dauphin Island Alabama)
Meeting Place: Cadillac Square on the Island at 7:30
Don McKee and Sharon Milligan
Famous for being one of the top migrants traps in the United
States, Dauphin Island is a delight to visit any time of the year.
Both Don and Sharon have spent over twenty years perfecting their
birding skills and it really shows in the field.
CLOWER THORNTON NATURE TRAIL (Gulfport)
Meeting place: Entrance to trail (from Hewes Avenue north, then
right on Railroad St. Entrance to trail down on the left.
Jay Morris and Alison Henry
CTNT quickly rose to tristate fame in the years before Katrina
as one of the best migrant traps on the coast. It’s comeback
since the storm has been a testament to what nature can
accomplish. Join Alison and Jay as they explore this continued
come back as we look for transients as well as resident birds
returning to the trail.
LONG BEACH WITH MICHAEL (Long Beach)
Meeting Place: Long Beach Harbor 7:30 a.m.
Last spring, Michael took myself and “Amazing Dave” on a tour of
some of his favorite birding spots in Long Beach where we saw a
surprising variety of migrant birds as well as resident species.
Michael is very quickly gaining notoriety in the birding circles
due to his young age and knowledge of our birds. He has a regular
mystery bird posting on the “Band of Birders” Facebook page.
Despite his “heavy schedule” he has agreed to host this field
trip. Come and witness the future of birding here on the
Mississippi Gulf Coast.
CHEVRON PROPERTY Jackson County (Limit 20 Participants)
Mark Lasalle and Ned Boyajian
The Chevron Property boasts a variety of habitat suitable for
many different species of birds. From shorebirds, to raptors to
warblers, this site never fails to inspire. Mark Lasalle is a
tireless worker for the Pascagoula River Audubon Society and Ned
Boyajian is legendary in the world of birding. This field trip is
limited to 20 guests so be sure and email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you wish to attend. Meeting place will be the admissions
office (directions forthcoming) where a shuttle will pick us up
between 7:30 and 8:00 and bring us back at 10:30
SEAMAN ROAD LAGOONS (Jackson County)
The Seaman Road Lagoons field trip has without a doubt become one
of the most popular destinations on our spring and fall schedule.
Winter birds are beginning to return and the diverse habitat
offers up a wide variety. Ducks, shorebirds, warblers and raptors
can be seen here and don’t forget to look for the Sandhill Cranes!
Meeting Place: Park and Ride, exit 50 Ocean Springs
Sharon Milligan, Millie Page, Don McGee, Nancy Madden, Jay
GRAVELINE BAYOU (Jackson County)
Meeting Place: Kangaroo Gas Station Hwy 90 and Hwy 57 7:30
Janet Wright and Charley Delmas
Bayou is a wonderful place to explore shorebirds, raptors and
other species. Janet has a great deal of experience birding this
area and you will have the unique opportunity to learn from
Charley Delmas who has been birding the Mississippi Gulf Coast for
over thirty years.
8: GRAND BAY NATIONAL BOAT TRIP
in Jackson County (Limit 25 Participants)
Meeting Place: NERR Boat Dock 7:30 a.m. Return at 1:30pm
Dr. Mark Woodrey
Get your name on the list quick for this field trip. The boat
ride will give you a rare opportunity to visit habitat not
normally accessible to the “landlubber” birder. Mark is an
exceptional birder as well as an educator and enjoys sharing his
knowledge of the bird life here along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
To register: email email@example.com
SHORE BIRDS OF THE COAST (Hancock and Harrison County)
Meeting Place: Washington Pier, Bay St. Louis 7:30
With most of the migrants having moved through, this is a perfect
opportunity to get a better knowledge of those frustrating
shorebirds that you have put on the back burner for far too long.
If you have a scope by all means bring it. We will bird from The
Silver Slipper to Moses Pier.
HANCOCK COUNTY CBC
(Note this is a Tuesday)
Meeting time and place to be announced
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