Calendar of Events, March-April, 2019
March
Sat.   March 2   Raptors of the Red Hills
Wed.   March 6   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Thur.  March 7   Butterfly Garden Work Day
Sat.   March 9   Spring Trail Ride
                 Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Thur.  March 14  Plant Sale Setup Day
Sat.   March 16  OLD-TIMEY PLANT SALE
Wed.   March 20  Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.   March 23  Bluebird Trail Monitoring

April
Wed.   April 3   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Thur.  April 4   Butterfly Garden Work Day
Sat.   April 6   Sammy Tedder Concert
                 Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.   April 13  Spring Birding Tour
Wed.   April 17  4Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.   April 20  Take a Child Outside for Earth Day!
                 Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.   April 27  Starry Night at Birdsong
                 Annual Meeting of Members

~ Program Descriptions ~

SAMMY TEDDER CONCERT
A Music Benefit for Birdsong
Saturday April 6, 2019
5:00 - 8:00 PM

Admission $15 adults, $5 ages 12-18, under 12 no charge

Last fall, our friend Sammy Tedder graciously offered to do a concert to benefit Birdsong Nature Center and along came Hurricane Michael! We are pleased to announce that we have rescheduled the concert for April 6th. It will feature music from Sammy's new CD, "Grooves, Drives and Ballads," as well as soundtracks from his excellent nature film series, "Local Waters," and original jazz compositions and R&B numbers. Please see Sammy’s website www.sammytedder.com to learn more about his music and his nature film series.

The gate opens at 5:00pm. Sammy and bandmate Mike Andrews will play two sets from 5:30 to 7:30 in the outdoor "theatre" behind the Barn. Sammy’s new CD and DVDs will be available for sale . You can watch a video of Sammy and friends at Birdsong playing “Moetzi,” an original work of Sammy’s, at www.Youtube.com/user/BirdsongNatureCenter.

The Tally Mac Shack food truck (www.facebook.com/TallyMacShack/), 2019's "Best Food Truck" Tally Award winner, will have meals and soft drinks for purchase, or you can bring a picnic and beverages of your choice.

The venue is outdoors, so dress comfortably, and bring lawn chairs or a blanket.

Email us if you have any questions, and please let us know if you are planning to come - it will help us know how much food to order.

We are really looking forward to this special event. Join us to celebrate springtime at Birdsong! Thank you, Sammy and Mike!
 

BUTTERFLY GARDEN WORK DAYS
Thursdays, March 7 and April 4
9:00AM to Noon

Birdsong’s Butterfly Gardeners meet on the first Thursday of each month at 9am. Please join this active crew of volunteers to tend our beautiful Butterfly Garden this spring! 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.
 

BLUEBIRD TRAIL MONITORING
March 6, 9, 20, 23
April 3, 6, 17, 20
9:00AM

The Bluebird Monitoring season is beginning. Bluebirds are singing out around the Barn and Gin House Field and the males are intensely blue! Our Bluebird Trail team checks nest boxes every other Wednesday and Saturday. Join our veteran Bluebird volunteer leaders 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 Eastern Bluebird! Call for more information: 229-377-4408.
 

SPRINGTIME BIRDING TOUR
Saturday, April 13
8:30AM - Noon

Let’s go for a combination trail ride tour and birding expedition at Birdsong! This is a wonderful time of year to see and hear birds in the throes of springtime courtship behavior and song! Join Expert birder Marvin Collins and Executive Director Kathleen Brady for a guided ride to a series of destinations where we will stop and hike off-trail to search for courting and nesting songbirds. We’ll go to a variety of locations: the Farm Pond, the Live Oak Hammock, the Linton’s Corner Trail along the drain, the area south of the planted longleaf site around Big Bay Pond, the woods west of the Frog Pond, and the east line firelane, and possibly others, depending how far we get! We’ll wrap up with a visit to the Bird Window.

Dress for the weather, bring sun protection and prepare for a walk in the woods. Bring binoculars and field guides. There will be water available on the ride. Bring a picnic if you want to stay after the program.

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Call or email by Friday, April 12th to reserve your space.

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

TAKE A CHILD OUTSIDE FOR EARTH DAY!
Saturday, April 20
9:30 – 11:30AM

Celebrate upcoming Earth Day (April 22) a few days early with your favorite child or children. Leader Sandra Sallee will take you on a natural adventure in the woods at Birdsong. To honor this special occasion, give an ongoing gift to your child: a better understanding of where they live; an appreciation of the Earth, our home; 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 explore nature 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 19th to reserve your space.

$4 Friends, $6 nonmembers, children half-price. Includes a handout and resource list for year-round activities with children.
 

STARRY NIGHT AT BIRDSONG
In Celebration of Earth Day
Saturday, April 27, 2019
6:30 – 9:30PM
$8 adults, $5 children

6:30 to 7:30 pm - Arrive early, bring your own hot or cold drinks, a picnic supper, lawn chairs or blanket, and settle in to enjoy the evening.

7:20pm - Annual Meeting of the Members

7:30pm - Listen to the music and angelic voices of Donna Klein and Susan Smith.

8:15pm - Welcome and lighting of the bonfire, accompanied by Bradley White and friends, the Percussion Association, on their didgeridoos and other instruments.

Once the bonfire is going strong, we will “throw the bamboo”. Each person will be given a bamboo stick to throw in the fire where it will explode and create good intentions for our loved ones and our planet.

Around 8:45 We will walk out to the Star Pasture for a guided observation of the night sky. Dress for the weather, bring a blanket to lie on to observe the stars, and bring binoculars or a scope for viewing and a flashlight.

Rest of the evening: Contemplate the Universe with your family and friends; enjoy the bonfire and more Earth Day music.

It is our hope that this evening will give you a moment to connect with nature, to be with your friends, to consider what really matters to you, and experience some peace and quiet under the night sky before heading back to your busy world.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an all-outdoor event. There is always a chance of rain, so please pay attention to the weather and call before you come if you have questions. You can also check our website and Facebook page.

Dress for the weather and remember to bring: your favorite drinks, a picnic supper (no food provided), blanket, lawn chairs, flashlight, and binoculars.
 

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 birdsong@birdsongnaturecenter.org for more information.