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.    Jan.   3   Center Re-opens
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.

Additional event details will appear here soon; 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.