Calendar of Events, March - April 2018
** Birdsong's 12th Annual Old-Timey Plant Sale **
**      Saturday, March 17th, 9AM - 1PM        **        

Wed.    Jan.   3   Center Re-opens
Thur.   Mar.   1   Butterfly Garden Workday
Wed.    Mar.   7   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.    Mar.  10   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.    Mar.  17   12th ANNUAL OLD-TIMEY PLANT SALE
Wed.    Mar.  21   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.    Mar.  24   Ephemeral Wetland Walk
                   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Wed.    Apr.   4   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Thur.   Apr.   5   Butterfly Garden Workday
Sat.    Apr.   7   Springtime Trail Ride
                   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sun.    Apr.  15   Springtime Nature Walk with Beth Grant
Wed.    Apr.  18   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.    Apr.  21   Take a Child Outside for Earth Day
                   Bluebird Trail Monitoring

~ Program Descriptions ~

Thursdays, March 1 and April 5
9:30AM to Noon

Please join our Butterfly Garden volunteers on the first Thursday of the month to tend our beautiful Butterfly Garden! Bring gardening gloves, knee pads, clippers, and lunch if you wish to stay afterwards.

Our gardeners would very much appreciate the donation of bags of clean leaf mulch for the Garden. Please be sure that the mulch does not contain any stray invasive plants that might take hold. Hand raked or purchased leaf mulch is best! Thank you!

For more information call Donna Legare at (850)386-1148 or Birdsong at (229)377-4408.

Saturday, March 17
9:00AM to 1:00PM

Birdsong Nature Center’s Old-Timey Plant Sale Committee is working hard to make this twelfth annual sale the best ever. The sale will offer a varied and extensive collection of beloved old garden plants, heirloom tomatoes, and plants for butterflies and birds. There will be lots of native trees, shrubs, and perennials especially suited to our area, including many varieties of wild azaleas, and some rare and unusual native plants. Knowledgeable and friendly horticulturists will be volunteering at the sale to help you make a selection for your own garden. Come out and welcome Spring at the Birdsong Plant Sale!

Native trees and shrubs
Hundreds of native azaleas
Wildflowers - Old-fashioned plants
Heirloom plants

Nature-related gifts, books, t-shirts, and more for sale.

Lunch: hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and more, or bring a picnic.

The Old-Timey Plant Sale Preview Party is being held on Friday evening, March 16th. Patrons may purchase plants in advance of the sale; there will be wine, hors d'oeuvres and music. The cost is $100 per person or $150 for a couple. Payment and registration must be received in the Birdsong office by Friday, March 9th.

We need volunteers to help with setting up on Thursday March 15th and to work 2-3 hour shifts between 8 AM and 2 PM on Saturday, March 18th. Jobs may include: parking, greeting visitors, answering the phone, working at Birdsong’s Gift Shop, serving food and drinks and helping transport customers’ purchases to their cars. Please call (800) 953-2473 or email or to sign up.

Please see "2018 Plant Sale Details" for complete information!

Saturday, March 24
2 - 5PM or so (might run long)

Join ecologists Rebecca and Ryan Means of the Coastal Plains Institute for a Birdsong Ephemeral Wetland Walk! Rebecca and Ryan have over 20 years experience studying ephemeral wetlands in our area, and are carrying out a number of research projects locally as well as training interested volunteer citizen scientists.

After a brief introduction we will ride out on the trailer to several Birdsong wetlands to experience them first hand! We will learn amphibian larvae identification and sampling techniques as well as general natural history of wetland plants, reptiles, invertebrates and much more. This program is geared towards citizens of all ages, including young ones, but there will be walking and possibly wading involved, and because we get excited about what we are discovering, the program might run long. All equipment will be provided. Plan to get wet!

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. There is a class limit of 15 people. Please contact us by noon on Friday, March 23rd to reserve your space. Dress for the weather and be prepared for walking; wear shoes you can get wet; bring water and a snack. You are welcome to come early and bring a picnic; you may want to bring dry clothes and shoes for the ride home. $6 members adults, $10 non-members, children halfprice.

The 2018 Nesting Season is Beginning!
March 7, 10, 21, 24
April 4, 7, 18, 21

The Bluebird Monitoring season is beginning! Our Bluebird Trail team checks nest boxes every other Wednesday and Saturday. Join our veteran Bluebird volunteers, Bob Bearss and Myles Black, for a fascinating morning in the field and learn all about Bluebirds! The job of visiting the 43 boxes, counting eggs and fledglings, recording observations, and cleaning and repairing boxes is a very valuable service to the Bluebirds and to Birdsong. Bring a friend and help the Bluebird! Call for more information: (229)377-4408.

We hope you saw the excellent article about Birdsong’s Bluebird Trail in the February 16th Tallahassee Democrat TLHLife section, A Flash of Blue, by Donna Legare. Very nice article, thank you, Donna!

To a few places less travelled
Saturday, April 7
10:00AM - Noon

Join Executive Director Kathleen Brady for a springtime trail ride around Birdsong. We will make a number of stops and take some short walks to a few places we seldom go: the Buckeye Slope, to see if any Indian pinks or milkweed are coming up; the woods along the south line to check on Erythrina; the Wild Azalea Garden; and the drain below the Farm Pond, just for fun. Along the way we will discuss Birdsong’s ecology, land management and history, and visit places such as the Star Pasture, Farm Pond, the Listening Place, and others. We will point out gopher tortoise burrows, and look for nesting birds and signs of wildlife.

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Please call by noon on Friday, April 6th, to reserve a space. We will be taking the truck and trailer and there is room for 12 people. Be prepared to be outdoors for several hours; dress for the weather and bring binoculars.

$6 Friends, $10 nonmembers, children half-price.

With Beth Grant
Sunday, April 15, 2 – 4pm

Enjoy the botanical glories of springtime on a leisurely walk around Birdsong with native plant enthusiast Beth Grant. Beth is very knowledgeable about our area’s native plants and can explain the value of managing and protecting our natural flora to support native pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and field guides, and bring any questions you might have about the importance of native plants in the landscape.

$4 members, $8 non-members, children half – price.

Saturday, April 21
9:30 – 11:30AM

Celebrate upcoming Earth Day (April 22) at Birdsong with your favorite child or children. Leader Sandra Sallee will take you on a natural adventure in the woods. Give an ongoing gift to your child: an appreciation of nature, a better understanding of where they and the use of all their senses. Walk the trails and search for evidence of animal homes, signs of their presence, and springtime behavior. Enjoy the fresh air, some exercise, and a special experience with your child in the great outdoors. After the walk Sandra will help your child make a natural craft.

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Call or email by Friday, April 20st to reserve your space.

$4 Friends, $8 nonmembers, children half-price. Includes a handout and resource list for year-round activities with children.

Please note that the events calendar and program descriptions can also be found in the Birdsong Newsletter, and on our Events section on Facebook.

Please call 229-377-4408 or email for more information.