Dec. 22, 2018
Bird Count at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
On Saturday, January 13, 2017, about 20 bird counters braved the extremely cold weather and icy road conditions to “inventory” birds at the 11th Annual Winter Bird Count at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, Holly Springs, Miss. The number of participants was down this year due to the extreme weather. However, these brave participants counted 60 species of birds, including unique sightings like Brown Creepers, White-fronted Geese, Hermit Thrush, and dozens of Golden-crowned Kinglets.
If you missed this birding activity, there are more opportunities coming up Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. There is a Grassland Birding and Winter Sparrow Workshop on February 17th 9 am – 12 pm. The program will review key identification points for sparrows regularly wintering in this area; study recordings to learn the most important vocalizations used by sparrows in Mississippi in winter.
A Woodcocks & Wine fundraiser will be at the Oxford Treehouse Gallery on February 24th 4-9 pm. The American Woodcock belongs genetically to the group of birds labeled “shorebirds,” but it lives its life in woodlands and fields. Many Woodcocks spend much of the winter in Mississippi before returning north to breed, though they often perform their dazzling courtship displays while here during late winter.
The Audubon Naturalist Program runs every Friday, March 16-May 25. This program is designed for educators, conservation professionals, college students, outdoor enthusiasts, and everyone interested in learning more about our local ecosystems.
For more information about these and other events, visit Strawberry Plains Audubon Center on Facebook and http://strawberryplains.audubon.org
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