Calendar of Events, May - June, 2019
May
Wed.   May 1    Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Thur.  May 2    Butterfly Garden Work Day
Sat.   May 4    Illuminating Site: Birdsong
                 Window Gardens
                Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Wed.   May 8    Burn Ramble
Sat.   May 11   Volunteer Celebration
Sun.   May 12   Mother’s Day Walk
Wed.   May 15   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.   May 18   Burn Ramble
                Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Wed.   May 29   Bluebird Trail Monitoring

June
Sat.   June 1   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Wed.   June 5   Burn Ramble
Thur.  June 6   Butterfly Garden Work Day
Sat,   June 8   Summer Birding Tour
Wed.   June 12  Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.   June 15  Gopher Tortoise Workshop
                Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.   June 22  Burn Ramble
Wed.   June 26  Bluebird Trail Monitoring

~ Program Descriptions ~

BUTTERFLY GARDEN WORK DAYS
Thursdays, May 2 and June 6
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.

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

BLUEBIRD TRAIL MONITORING
May 1, 4, 15, 18, 29
June 1, 12, 15, 26, 29
8:30AM

The Bluebird Monitoring season is in full swing! Our Bluebirds are busy nesting and Carolina Chickadees and Brown-headed Nuthatches are working on fledging broods. Our Bluebird Trail team checks nest boxes every other Wednesday and Saturday. Join our veteran Bluebird volunteers, Bob Bearss, Myles Black, and David Jones, for a fascinating morning in the field and learn all about Bluebirds. Call for information. (229)377-4408
 

Illuminating Site: Birdsong Window Gardens
Saturday, May 4, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 PM at Birdsong

Please see Illuminating Site: Birdsong Window Gardens for details!
 

VOLUNTEER CELEBRATION!
Saturday, May 11
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Welcome all volunteers! Birdsong wants to thank our extraordinary volunteers for their time, talent and expertise. Birdsong’s volunteers – you – are the heart and soul of Birdsong. Please join us to have a potluck supper together and honor all of the people who have supported this special place over the past several years in any and every capacity: Plant Sale, Burn Crew, WILD Women, Butterfly Garden, Bluebird Trail Monitoring, Bird Window, Hurricane Michael Cleanup, Greeting, Program Leaders, Land Management, Construction Crew, Board of Directors, and the list goes on and on…

We are still working on the details of this event, but so far we plan to gather, introduce our volunteers, have dinner together, enjoy some evening trail rides so to view the season’s burning, and perhaps take some walks to the Star Pasture as the sun sinks over the Gin House Field. We are hoping to provide some live music as well, but that is not yet settled. We will be sending out notices and updates by email and on Facebook, so stay tuned.

Feel welcome to bring your family or guests. Birdsong will provide beer and wine and grill artist Alan Parker will provide pulled pork and grilled chicken. We will need dishes in the following categories: main vegetarian options of any kind, side dishes, salads, and desserts. Please RSVP with how many people will attend with you and what dish you plan to bring.

We’d like to make this an annual event – bring your best dish and we may start to assemble a booklet of the favorite recipes of Birdsong volunteers! You are welcome to bring your own favorite beverages.

PLEASE RSVP by Wednesday, May 8 at 5pm so Alan will know how many people to cook for and so we can coordinate dishes. Contact us at (229)377-4408 or birdsong@birdsongnaturecenter.org.
 

MOTHER’S DAY NATURE WALK
Sunday, May 12
2 - 4PM

Celebrate Mother’s Day in beautiful natural surroundings on a leisurely discovery walk with Beth Grant. Beth can remember the first time she herself went for a Mother’s Day walk here at Birdsong with her young son Brian 31 years ago! She writes “One of my first memories at Birdsong was in 1988 when my then 13 year old son did the Mother’s Day walk with me. It was a wonderful present!”

It is a great time of year for nesting birds, wildflowers and the refreshing green of spring. Enjoy the trails and then visit the Butterfly Garden and Bird Window.

$4 Friends, $8 nonmembers, children half-price.
 

BURN RAMBLES
Wednesdays, May 8 and June 5
Saturdays, May 18 and June 22
9 – 10:30am

As explained in the Wildlife Notes, we are doing some remedial burning this year to get caught up and reduce brush. Right now the forest floor is greening up, new vegetation is emerging and this is a nice opportunity to wander out into the burned woods, off-trail, before the understory thickens up over the summer. Learn more about Birdsong’s different wooded areas, see the effects of a good burn up close, find out what the animals are up to, and listen to the cheerful music of courting birds overhead.

Join Kathleen Brady for a relaxing walk and explore some of our recent burns. Depending on where we go on a given day, we may take the trailer. Dress for walking through burned brush, perhaps a few briars, and an ashy forest floor – wear long pants and closed-toed shoes – you will get a little sooty, but it washes out! Bring your binoculars, sun protection, etc.

No charge. Reservations Please: Please call by the day before (see dates above) to let us know you are coming in case we need to take the trailer.
 

SUMMER BIRDING TOUR
Saturday, June 8
8:30 – 12:00AM

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 ongoing courtship behavior, nesting, and feeding offspring. 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 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, June 7 to reserve your space on the trailer. $6 Friends, $10 nonmembers, children half-price.
 

GOPHER TORTOISE WORKSHOP
Saturday, June 15
10AM to Noon

The gopher tortoise plays a significant ecological role in longleaf pine and sandhill communities in the southeast. It is classified as a threatened species in the states of Georgia and Florida and is under consideration for threatened status federally, primarily because of widespread habitat loss. At Birdsong we are fortunate to have a number of active gopher tortoise burrows quite close to our trails so they can be easily observed.

Lora Smith, Ph.D., is a Scientist at Jones Ecological Research Center in Newton, Georgia. She is researching the effects of mammalian predation on gopher tortoises, and conducts additional research on upland snake ecology and pond-breeding amphibians. She has provided excellent tortoise programs at Birdsong for several years as a representative of the Gopher Tortoise Council. Lora will offer an informative power point presentation on the gopher tortoise’s life history and ecology. Our group will then ride out in the field to locate a number of tortoise burrows. Lora will bring her special camera that can be inserted into the burrows so we can monitor any activity below ground, which is always fascinating!

$6 Friends, $10 non-members. RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. This program is geared for adults. Call (800)953-BIRD (-2473) by noon on Friday, June 14th to reserve a space on the trailer and learn how you and your family can help protect gopher tortoise habitat near you.
 

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.