call (601) 909-5383 (this number forwards to MCAS)
Mississippi Coast Audubon Society
Fall Saturday Field Trip
All are welcome on our birding field trips!Bring your own binoculars.Some trips require preregistration – see
details.Others need no advance notice,
but keep weather in mind.Contact field
trip leaders (addresses below) for more information if needed.
Want to know
what all the fun is about?Join Millie
at the beach for a gentle introduction to the wonderful world of birding.She’ll help you learn how to choose and use
binoculars, when and where to find birds, using a field guide or birding
without one, and why we think birding is great for the body, brain, and
psyche.Bring binoculars if you have
them, water, and lots of questions.
A variety of
habitats rich in fall migrants. Logtown is on the Mississippi Coast
Birding Trail: more info at http://mscoastbirdingtrail.audubon.org/logtown.html. Place and Time: Meet at the Stennis Exit (I-10 Exit 2) Welcome Center in
Bay St Louis between 7:15 and 7:30 AM (MAP). Conditions: Easy walking trail, up to 3 miles.
time: Meet at Ansley preserve parking lot (MAP), between 7:15 and 7:30am. (Driving directions: From Hwy 90 in
Waveland, south on Lower Bay Road 71/2 miles to Heron Bay Road (34th
St). Left onto Heron Bay Road ~ 2 1/2 miles to Preserve).
Conditions: Alternating short walks with short drives. Biting
bugs may be present. Most walking areas should be dry.
9/30 Graveline Beach and Lake Mars
Pier, Jackson County.
Part of Mississippi's last remaining
natural beachfront, Graveline Beach has a wide array of shore and marsh
species. Lake Mars Pier is on the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail: more info
at http://mscoastbirdingtrail.audubon.org/lake-mars-pier.html. Place and time: Meet at end of Beach Street in Ocean Springs (St Andrews
area; GPS address is 4000 Beach Street, Ocean Springs, MAP), 8:00am. Conditions: Walking on somewhat overgrown beach (flipflops not
recommended). No bathroom facility.
OCTOBER Saturdays except where noted:
Leaders:Brian Johnston, firstname.lastname@example.org, (228)
806-1712; Lucy Jacobson The Pascagoula
area has some hidden gems for birding. We’ll start at the Pascagoula River
Audubon Center (PRAC) with forest and marsh habitats, then visit 2-3 other
spots according to what’s good.
Place and time : Meet at Pascagoula River Audubon Center parking lot in Moss Point (5107
Arthur St, MAP),
Conditions: Alternating short walks with short drives.NOTICE:
Please bring a $5 cash donation for the PRAC portion unless you are a PRAC
member – or join
PRAC before coming!
10/10 (Tuesday)Dauphin Island,
Mobile County, Alabama
Island Excursions for a trip to the barrier islands! Several species of Plovers
good possibilities; Red Knot and/or one of the rarer gulls not
unreasonable. Depending on weather could be a variety of migrants, and always a
chance of a rare surprise.
time: Meet at
Gulfport Harbor around 8:30am Ship Island Excursions dock (MAP) to board
the boat which departs at 9am.Ship
Island Excursions, Gulfport, MS. Ticket
prices: Adult $29, Senior $27. http://www.msshipisland.com for more
Conditions: Birding near fort and beach, then walking up to~5 miles on beach, but participants can opt
out or shortcut at any point. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. There
are restrooms on the ferry. On the island, there are restrooms at the
Fort on the north side of the island and snack bar on the south side of the
island. If there is a threat of bad weather, you can call Ship
Island Excursions at 228-864-1014 for the status of the trip that day.
NOTE: Alternate day Sunday, Oct 15,
2017 if cancelled due to weather.
10/21 NEW FIELD TRIP ADDED FOR THIS DATE as Coastal Cleanup moved to 11/18
Hiller Park, Popps Ferry Causeway and James HIll Boardwalk,
We will be looking for late season migrants as well as some possible rarities at several Biloxi area parks. Starting at Hiller Park on Biloxi Back Bay, we will then check Popps Ferry
Causeway Park and James Hill Boardwalk. Good way to learn some new birding spots if you don't know these.
Place and Time:Meet at the Hiller Park Tennis Courts (MAP) at
10/28Hancock County Beaches, Hancock County
Barbara Bowen email@example.com (602)
and more!Including but not limited to
Washington St. Pier, the new Marina, the Yacht Club and/or beaches west of
Washington St. Pier – possibly forested areas north of the Yacht Club if
conditions are right.
Place and time: Meet at Washington St. Pier in Bay St Louis (MAP), 7:30 AM. Conditions: Short beach walks with driving from site to site.
NOVEMBER Saturdays except where noted:
11/3 (Friday) and 11/4 (Saturday) Mississippi Sandhill Crane National
Wildlife Refuge, Jackson County
safari-style with the Crane Refuge’s own guides!In addition to Mississippi Sandhill Cranes,
we will be looking for grassland and other birds of the wet pine savanna, on
Refuge lands not usually accessible to
the public.MCAS has TWO reserved
time slots, Friday and Saturday morning.Please choose Friday if you can, to leave the Saturday slot for worker
bees.ONLY 8 BIRDERS EACH DAY, so you must SIGN UP AHEAD – call or email Janet Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org, 228 238-4099).
Place and time:Meet at the Crane Refuge Visitor
Center at 7200 Crane Lane, Gautier, MS (MAP) at 8:00am the morning of the tour (Friday Nov 3 or Sat Nov 4); come a
few minutes early to use the restroom facilities, as the tour is 2 hours. Bring
binoculars and field guides; there is room for one or two scopes.
Refuge van, but there may be opportunities to get out, so wear comfortable
shoes that can get a little wet or muddy; wear layers for variable weather.
Wooded trail through
mixed hardwood forest and bayhead swamp, with views of the Jourdan River for
water birds. Varied habitat with such species as Blue-headed Vireo, Brown
Creeper, Golden-Crowned Kinglet not easily seen elsewhere. This site is
on the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail http://mscoastbirdingtrail.audubon.org/mcleod-state--park.html.
Place and time: Meet at the Hancock High School parking lot near
the access road at 7:30am. (Take I-10 exit 13. Proceed north on MS 603/43 for
1.3 miles. Go left onto Stennis Airport Rd. Go 0.8 miles and High School will
be on the right; MAP).
chance at one of our most popular field trip venues, not otherwise open to
birders - always a great variety of birds, with good opportunities for photos.
Bring your binoculars, scope, refreshments, etc.
time: Meet at the park and ride at I-10 exit 50, Ocean
Springs next to Denny's (MAP), between 7:15 and 7:30 AM.
Conditions: Slow driving with stops. IMPORTANT:
This is a working facility. You MUST stay with leaders while on site. Call
Sharon (above) if you have questions about policy.
REVISION NOTE: Mississippi Coastal Cleanup has been moved to this date as well. If you can't go to the Lagoons, join your local Cleanup effort!Volunteers participate 8-11:00am.See details and updates at https://www.facebook.com/mscoastalcleanup.
15 Participants) Our focus on this boat trip will be waterfowl, shore, wading and
marsh birds. This is a great time of year for birding in the Grand Bay NERR/NWR
with a high species diversity guaranteed.
along some water/drinks and snacks appropriate for the field. Rubber knee boots
or other footwear you can get wet and muddy are recommended.
and time:8:30am till about noon. Meet at the Bayou
Heron boat ramp at the south end of Bayou Heron Road (MAP - same road the Grand Bay NERR office is located on). The NERR/NWR
office (6005 Bayou Heron Road, Moss Point, MS) will be open from 07:45-08:15 am
so folks can use the restroom, fill-up water bottles, etc.
MUST REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP and
there is a fee of $30 per person.To register, contact Dr. Mark Woodrey (Mark.Woodrey@msstate.edu). First
come, first served – capped at 15 participants, so sign up early!
Join Audubon biological science technician Bryan White for an
exclusive look at an Audubon Coastal Bird Survey site normally closed to the
public.Triple Barrel (the site known to
our old-time birders as Pascagoula River Marsh) is good for both Passerines and
Waterbirds having uplands, freshwater marsh, and brackish water marsh.Bring water and snacks appropriate for the
field. Rubber knee boots or other footwear you can get wet and/or muddy are
Place and time: 7:30am till about 11. Meet at the gravel lot on
the northeast corner of Jerry St. Pe Hwy and USS Vicksburg Way (Singing River
Conditions: Short but steep path to top
of berm, then easy walk on a 1.7 mile level earthen berm.
Note:This site is not open to the public except
for this field trip. You MUST REGISTER for this trip beforehand, by filling out
a Hold Harmless form for Jackson County Port Authority.Email Bryan (BWhite@audubon.org) to register.
you in the field!
Mississippi Coast Audubon Society:
We are a chapter
of the National Audubon Society, with
membership territory in the six coastal
counties of Mississippi (Hancock, Harrison,
Jackson, George, Stone, and Pearl
River). You can JOIN
National Audubon with a $20
or greater donation, and become a member of
MCAS for free (what a deal!) by clicking
HERE (the membership form specifies
chapter M53 - that's us).