Solitary Sandpiper, Jackson County, MS

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"We're Spreading Our Wings"

 

That's right.  The MCAS is rapidly reforming and we want you on board.  Our first official meeting this year will be on 17 September from 6:30 - 9:00 PM. 

LOCATION:  COASTAL RESEARCH AND EXTENSION CENTER, 1815 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 30532.  Phone 228-697-0460 if you have any questions. 

Key Speaker: Mark LaSalle, with the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, will conduct a presentation regarding Audubon Grants and how the MCAS can be involved.  Mark and his team have been instrumental in a variety of programs that have been beneficial to the gulf coast ecosystem and the wildlife that resides there, including the successful monitoring of our Least Terns.  Their tireless efforts are finally paying off.  Come join us for this both informative and encouraging presentation.  Name tags will be issued at the door and refreshments provided.  For more information please email:  falconsgrip6@gmail.com

 

MISSISSIPPI COAST AUDUBON SOCIETY

FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE

FOR

FALL AND EARLY WINTER 2014

 

 

Look!SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6:  LOGTOWN (Hancock County)

Meeting Place:  Mississippi Welcome Center (Stennis Space Center) 7:15 a.m. Hancock County

LEADERS:  Jay Morris and Nancy Madden

Description:  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 forthcoming.

 

Look!SATURDAY, SEPT. 13 - 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

DESCRIPTION:  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 binoculars, 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.   

MCAS MEETING: 17 September from 6:30 - 9:00 PM, 1815 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 30532  (see information above)

Look!SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20:  DAUPHIN ISLAND (Dauphin Island Alabama)

Meeting Place:  Cadillac Square on the Island at 7:30

LEADER:  Don McKee and Sharon Milligan

Description:  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.

 

Look!SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27:  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.

LEADER:  Jay Morris and Alison Henry

Description:   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.

 

Look!SATURDAY OCTOBER 4:  LONG BEACH WITH MICHAEL (Long Beach)

Meeting Place:  Long Beach Harbor 7:30 a.m.

LEADER:  Michael Santoz

Description:  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.

 

Look!SATURDAY OCTOBER 11:  CHEVRON PROPERTY Jackson County (Limit 20 Participants)

LEADERS: Mark Lasalle and Ned Boyajian

Description:  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 falconsgrip6@gmail.com 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

 

Look!SATURDAY OCTOBER 18:  SEAMAN ROAD LAGOONS (Jackson County)

Description:  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

LEADERS:  Sharon Milligan, Millie Page, Don McGee,  Nancy Madden, Jay Morris

 

Look!OCTOBER 25:  GRAVELINE BAYOU (Jackson County)

Meeting Place:  Kangaroo Gas Station Hwy 90 and Hwy 57 7:30

LEADERS:  Janet Wright and Charley Delmas

Description:  Graveline 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.

 

Look!NOVEMBER 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

LEADER: Dr.  Mark Woodrey

Description:  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 falconsgrip6@gmail.com

 

Look!NOVEMBER 29:  SHORE BIRDS OF THE COAST (Hancock and Harrison County)

Meeting Place:  Washington Pier, Bay St. Louis 7:30

LEADER:  Jay Morris

Description:  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.

 

Look!DECEMBER 16:  SOUTH HANCOCK COUNTY CBC (Note this is a Tuesday)

Meeting time and place to be announced

 

Field Trip Compiler/ J. Morris falconsgrip6@gmail.com

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