Pascagoula River Audubon Center

5107 Arthur Street

Moss Point, MS 39563-2705

Phone: (228) 475-0825

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center serves as a gateway to the largest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states where visitors can experience and learn about birds and wildlife throughout the year. The center also serves as a demonstration site for environmentally friendly concepts and a portal to conservation programs applicable to all visitors, local residents and tourists alike. A two-hour interpretive boat tour is also available from the center. Call for directions and hours.

The new center features a 5,000 sq ft center with an interpretive area. This area includes seven aquaria highlighting the river's aquatic elements ranging from fresh to brackish. There is also a nature-based fine art gallery highlighting the work of local, regional, and national nature artists through shows.

The grounds of the new facility hosts a native plant botanical garden showcasing native plants and their uses in bird and wildlife-friend landscaping. Historic elements include a restored 80+ year old "Scout Hut" serving as an outdoor pavilion and meeting room as well as a remnant portion of the historic Pascagoula Street Railway & Power Company trolley line that once connected Moss Point and Pascagoula.

The center is open Tuesday-Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm.

Virtually explore the Pascagoula River Audubon Center and surrounding areas!

  • Pascagoula River Audubon Center

  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until March 21, 2018

Learn about Mississippi's natural world through the lenses of geology, weather, climate, vegetation, wildlife, hydrology, and more. This course prepares you to  better understand and interpret our amazing natural heritage for your own enjoyment of the outdoors, and also prepares you to work or volunteer at one of our many local sites, helping others understand and appreciate it.

  • Pascagoula River Audubon Center

  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until April 25, 2018

Enjoy a guided bird walk around our grounds. Practice birding by ear and eye and enjoy the seasonal changes that we observe in our local bird populations. This is a great way to practice your birding skills if you are a novice and a great way for experienced birders to help out! Bring your own binoculars or borrow some from the Center.

  • Pascagoula River Audubon Center

  • Feb 24, 2018

Join longtime bluebird trail monitor John Lipscomb to learn how, when and why to monitor the inhabitants of your bluebird box or boxes. Take a short walk to the Center's boxes after the talk.

  • Pascagoula River Audubon Center

  • Recurring weekly on Saturday until March 31, 2018

It is easy to enjoy the antics and bright colors of the backyard birds at our feeders, birdbaths, and landscaping- it’s considerably more challenging to learn to distinguish the sparrows from the finches and then to narrow down bird identification to a single species. Learning your birds enriches all of your outdoor experiences and enhances your awareness of our beautiful coastal environments.

Becoming a better birder takes time and effort: birders must become comfortable with field marks, habitats, behavioral features, and seasonal fluctuations that impact which birds are likely to be present in a particular place. Simply learning to use binoculars, spotting scope, and field guides effectively can be a challenge, but once you are able to use them well, narrowing down an unidentified bird becomes much easier.

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center, along with local birding experts, is excited to offer a five-week birding class designed for novice birders. Each of the five sessions will focus on a particular group of birds and habitat, making this field-based and hands-on class ideal for new birders to get a lot of practice using binoculars, scopes, field guides, and other clues and characteristics.

Week one will focus on the basics of birding, including the use of optics and identification of our common backyard winter feeder birds. 

The remaining four weeks will focus on: shorebirds and wading birds, sparrows and grassland birds, forest songbirds, and migrants. These classes will meet at different locations along the Mississippi Gulf Coast to provide habitat-based instruction and the ability to search for and identify birds by sight, song, and behavior.

The Novice Birding Class is a great way to increase your enjoyment of the outdoors, to develop a lifelong skill, and to spend time learning with experts in the field. Our class is open to ages 16 and above, and we do ask that a parent or guardian participate along with any 16 and 17 year olds.

Pre-registration is required by January 24. Please contact Erin at eparker@audubon.org or call to register and please specify your preferred cohort.

Cohort A meets: Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 24, March 10, and March 24
Cohort B meets: Feb 3, Feb 17, March 3, March 17, and March 31