Calendar of Events, March - April 2017
Thurs.    March 2   Butterfly Garden Work Day
Sat.      March 4   Wild Azalea Workshop
Wed.      March 8   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.      March 11  Bringing Nature Home
                    Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Fri.      March 17  Plant Sale Preview Party
Sat.      March 18  OLD-TIMEY PLANT SALE
Wed.      March 22  Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.      March 25  Wildlife Survival!
                    Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.      April 1   Gopher Tortoise Program for Children
Wed.      April 5   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Thur.     April 6   Butterfly Garden Work Day
Sat.      April 8   Ephemeral Wetland Walk
                    Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.      April 15  Music to Our Ears: A Chorus of Frogs
Wed.      April 19  Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.      April 22  Take a Child Outside for Earth Day!
                    Bluebird Trail Monitoring
~ Program Descriptions ~

9 AM - 1 PM

Birdsong Nature Center’s Old-Timey Plant Sale Committee is working hard to make this tenth 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
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.

Would anyone be willing to lend us your garden cart, wagon, or other transport device to escort customers to their cars with their purchases? Please call: (229)377-4408 or (800)953-2473.

We need volunteers to help with setting up on Thursday March 16th 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.

Thursdays, March 2 and April 6
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.

March 8, 11, 22, 25
April 5, 8, 19, 22

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.

Saturday, March 11, 2017
10AM - 12PM

You may have never thought of your yard being a wildlife preserve. Dr. Doug Tallamy declares that is exactly the role your suburban landscape can fulfill if you want to help save biodiversity! Learn from Dr. Doug Tallamy how to Bring Nature Home.

Beth Grant has been granted permission from Dr.Tallamy. Professor and Chair, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, to present his slide show on his book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens.

Everyone who loves the wonders of the natural world can contribute to the survival of our native birds, butterflies, and other treasures! The pressures on wildlife populations are greater than ever. For example, some bird and butterfly populations are declining at an alarming rate. We all can help to reverse this trend. There is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife. Non-native plants do not provide the needed resources. Exotic invasives out-compete the natives, reducing needed resources even in areas that have not been developed. By planting natives and eliminating invasives, everyone can provide a welcoming environment for the web of wildlife while also promoting human well-being. By acting on Dr. Tallamy's practical recommendations, everyone can make a difference. Plus there is no better way to involve children in nature than by bringing it to your garden!

No cost. Handouts will be provided. Copies of Bringing Nature Home and our own neighbor Dr. Gil Nelson's book Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to Birdsong.

Saturday, April 15

Join us for a presentation and field experience with Nancy Ann Thomas. In addition to Nancy’s love of birds and dragonflies, she has also had a long-standing interest in frogs and their calls. Nancy has created an hour-long power point presentation to teach us all about our local frog species: their life cycles, ecology, and conservation.

Have you ever wondered what frogs were making those wonderful calls at night? After the presentation, Nancy will lead us out on a trailer ride to the Frog Pond, Big Bay Swamp, and the Farm Pond where we can learn to identify some of those alluring calls. You will come away equipped to identify those evocative sounds wherever you go! Dress for the weather, and wear shoes for walking around the edges of the ponds and swamp. Bring binoculars. Nancy has an excellent handout for you, and she has a frog guide for purchase.

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. This program is geared for adults and mature children. Please call the office or email by 4pm Friday, April 14 to reserve a space. We have a class limit of 12. $6 Friends, $10 non-members.

Friday, March 17

The Old-Timey Plant Sale Preview Party is being held on Friday evening, March 17th. 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 10th.

Saturday, March 25
11:00AM to 12:30PM

Beautiful owls, hawks, a turtle and a snake - the St. Francis Wildlife Association’s wildlife ambassadors - will help education director Sandy Beck explain the unique adaptations that make it possible for each to survive - to find food, avoid predators and raise young - in its particular habitat. This 1 1/2 hour interactive program includes hands-on teaching tools such as skulls, shells, skins, feathers and talons and is perfect for families with school-aged children who can sit quietly so the wild critters will feel comfortable. Bring a picnic if you would like to stay for lunch and explore Birdsong.

$6 members, $10 non-members, children half-price. RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Contact the office by 4pm Friday, March 24th to reserve your space. This program is geared for children. Dress for the weather.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
10AM to Noon

Bring your children to Birdsong and learn all about gopher tortoises with scientist Lora Smith, of Jones Ecological Research Center, representing the Gopher Tortoise Council. Lora will give a brief introduction to the life cycle and ecology of these special tortoises and introduce you to a live gopher tortoise named Sheldon so your children can meet one up close! We’ll then ride out to the Gopher Tortoise Neighborhood to observe tortoise burrows and see if we can monitor any underground activity with a special video camera. Bring lunch if you would like to stay and picnic.

$6 Friends, $10 non-members. RESERVATIONS, PLEASE, children half-price. This program is geared for families and children. Contact us by noon on Friday, March 31st to reserve a space on the trailer and learn how you and your family can help protect gopher tortoise habitat near you.

Gopher Tortoise Program for Adults
A Saturday in June - date to be determined


Saturday, April 8
1-4PM 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 will begin the program with a slideshow AND share some of their pictures and knowledge. We will then head out to the wetlands and 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. 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 20 people. Please contact us by noon on Friday, April 7th to reserve your space. .Be prepared for walking; wear shoes and clothes you can get wet; bring water and a snack. You may want to bring dry clothes and shoes for the ride home. $6 members adults, $10 non-members, children half-price.

Saturday, April 22
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 live, 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 21st to reserve your space. $4 Friends, $8 nonmembers, children half-price. Includes a handout and resource list for year-round activities with children.

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.