Mississippi Coast Audubon Society Birding Field Trips

  • October 12, 2019 - December 14, 2019

  • Recurring weekly on Saturday

  • Phone: (601) 909-5383

  • Time: Early morning, check website for exact times

  • Price: Free

October 12

10/12 Ansley Preserve, Hancock County

    • Leader: Ned Boyajian, nedrbo@gmail.com (228) 332-1329
    • Coastal chenier migrant trap, with a history of great finds. This site is part of the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail: more information at http://mscoastbirdingtrail.audubon.org/ansley-preserve.html
    • Place and time:  Meet at Ansley preserve parking lot, Bay St Louis (MAP), between 7:15 and 7:30 AM. (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 ca. 2 1/2 miles to Preserve).
    • Conditions: Alternating short walks with short drives. Biting bugs may be present. Most walking areas should be dry.

10/19 Coastal Cleanup

It’s payback time! Let’s help keep our Coast birding habitats clean and welcoming. Check the Coastal Cleanup page at http://coastalcleanup.extension.msstate.edu/ to join the coastwide volunteer effort to keep our waterways free from trash. When you’re done and feeling proud of yourself, go birding!

10/26 Ship Island, Harrison County

    • Leader: Dave Reed, vickianddave1@gmail.com (985) 788-0536)
    • Join Ship Island Excursions for a trip to the barrier islands! Some of the best shorebird and water bird viewing, and quirky seasonal weather can give real birding surprises.
    • Place and time: Meet at Gulfport Harbor around 8:30 AM Ship Island Excursions dock (MAP) to board the boat which departs at 9 AM. Ship Island Excursions, Gulfport, MS Ticket prices:  Adult $32, Senior $30. http://www.msshipisland.com for more information.
    • Conditions: Birding near fort, then walking up to 5 miles on beach, but participants can opt out or shortcut at any point. Bring water and sunscreen. 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 27, 2019 if cancelled due to weather

November Saturdays

11/2 Clower-Thornton Park, Harrison County

    • Leader: Nancy Madden, birdloverms@gmail.com (228) 229-7108
    • After recent restoration, Clower-Thornton is again coming into its own as a migrant stopover, with a variety of semi-wild and urbanized habitats. Nancy is a great guide for birding by ear, so come and hone your listening skills.
    • Place and time:  Meet at the parking lot (MAP) at 7:30 AM.
    • Conditions:  easy walking on paths.

11/9 Fontainebleau Birds and Botany, Jackson County

    • Leader: Mark LaSalle, mwlasalle@gmail.com, (228) 990-1495
    • Part of the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, Fontainebleau offers habitats including pine savanna, bayou, and bayhead swamp. Dr. Mark LaSalle will explore the birds and plants of the season, and will tell you about the year-round series of Savanna Strolls occurring at this site.
    • Place and time: Meet at trailhead on Hanshaw Rd. Ocean Springs, N. of OS Middle School (MAP), 8:00 AM.
    • Conditions: Easy 1-mile walking trail. Boots strongly recommended after rain as parts of the trail can have standing water.

11/16 Seaman Road Lagoons, Jackson County

    • Leader: Sharon Milligan, 2sharon123@gmail.com (228) 861-1622
    • A second chance at our most popular field trip venue, not otherwise open to birders – always a great variety of birds, with good opportunities for photos. Bring your binoculars, scope, refreshments, etc.
    • Place and 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.

11/23 Pascagoula Medley, Jackson County

    • Leaders: Brian Johnston, johnston127235@bellsouth.net, (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), 8:00 AM.
    • 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!

December Saturdays

12/7 Grand Bay NERR boat trip, Jackson County

    • Leader: Mark Woodrey, Mark.Woodrey@msstate.edu (228) 697-0460
    • (Limit 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.
    • Place and time:  12:30 PM till about 4:30 PM. 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 11:45 am-12:15 pm so folks can use the restroom, fill-up water bottles, etc. You 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!
    • Conditions: Bring along some water/drinks and snacks appropriate for the field. Rubber knee boots or other footwear you can get wet and muddy are recommended, along with a good windbreaker to stay comfortable on the boat.

12/14 Moses Pier and Biloxi Beaches, Harrison County

    • Leader: Lori McDonald, mleigh167@cableone.net, (228) 324-5226
    • Winter is prime time for shorebirds, and this is a great time to be thinking about Christmas Bird Count and honing your ID skills. Lori will start the viewing at Moses Pier and may shift along the beach for optimal sightings.  Plovers, sandpipers, terns, unusual gulls, and waders all possible, and we may get some surprises.
    • Place and time:  Jones Park Pavilion (MAP) 7:30 AM.
    • Conditions:  easy walk along beach, may drive between sites.

Mississippi Coast Audubon Society Birding Field Trips
  • October 12, 2019 to December 14, 2019
  • Free
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday