Calendar of Events, March - April, 2020

Birdsong is temporarily closed.

We are deeply saddened to announce that due to public health concerns associated with the coronavirus outbreak Birdsong has temporarily closed. We will be closed from March 25 through April 30. The closure includes trails, the House, Bird Window and Gift Shop, Butterfly Garden - all areas of the property. Scheduled programs and events are also canceled. We ask for your understanding as we navigate the difficult challenges presented to all of us by this serious public health concern. Thank you for your support of Birdsong Nature Center - we look forward to safer times and the opportunity of inviting you to the property once again. Please keep safe!

March
Wed.     March 4   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Thurs.   March 5   Butterfly Garden Work Day.
Sat.     March 7   Free Family Day
                   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sun.     March 8   Butterfly Gardening with
                    Native Plants
Sat.     March 14  Small Landowner Stewardship Group 
                     at Tall Timbers
Wed.     March 18  Bluebird Trail Monitoring

Sat.     March 21  CANCELED: 14th Annual OLD-TIMEY PLANT SALE      
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Sat.     March 21  Bluebird Trail Monitoring

April
Wed.     April 1   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Thurs.   April 2   Butterfly Garden Work Day
Sat.     April 4   Free Family Day
                   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.     April 11  Spring Trail Ride
Wed.     April 15  Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.     April 18  Bluebird Trail Monitoring
                   Take a Child Outside for
                    Earth Day
Wed.     April 29  Bluebird Trail Monitoring

~ Program Descriptions ~

14th ANNUAL OLD-TIMEY PLANT SALE
Was to be Saturday, March 21

THE OLD-TIMEY PLANT SALE HAS BEEN CANCELED

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A message from June White, Old-Timey Plant Sale leader:

It’s plant sale time again! On March 21, 9am— 1pm, Birdsong will hold its 14th Old-Timey Plant Sale.

Every year we think of new ways to make the sale run smoothly and to make the area interesting and pleasing to the eye. John Brinson at Monticello Nurseries gave us dozens of boxwood bushes and this year we plan to “landscape,” lining walkways and creating vistas with rows of boxwoods. We’re also getting some fine big magnolia trees from John that will serve as focal points (until they are sold).

Dreaming up these creative ideas is fun while sitting in an easy chair on long winter evenings, but putting it all together in one short day is hard work for our many volunteers. We would love to have your help. Call 229 377 4408 if you’d like to work on Thursday March 19, the main set-up day. We will provide a hearty lunch from Grits in Cairo for all who come to help.

We also want to remind everyone of the pre-sale Preview Party on Friday March 20 starting at 6:00. This is always a beautiful evening at Birdsong. Everything will be in place and just so, not yet messed about by Saturday’s eager shoppers. Delicious food will be served by Lagran Saunders and Ben Baldwin, we’ll have music by The Biscuit Boys, oysters on the half shell, beer and wine. Let us know by Friday March 13 if you’d like to attend. The cost is $100 for one person, $150 for two. Attending the party is an extremely pleasant way to contribute to Birdsong and buy plants before the Saturday crowds.

We hope to see you on one or all of these days!
- June White
 

14th ANNUAL OLD-TIMEY PLANT SALE
Was to be Saturday, March 21

THE OLD-TIMEY PLANT SALE HAS BEEN CANCELED

Birdsong Nature Center’s Old-Timey Plant Sale Committee is working hard to make this fourteenth 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 20th. 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 13th. Please call for more information 229-377-4408.

We need volunteers to help
- on Wednesday, March 18th, to rope off the parking lot and set up the plant station signs.
- on Thursday March 19th - this is our biggest set-up day, including labeling, pricing, and placing plants and signs, setting up tents and tables, and more. We provide a lovely lunch for the volunteers on this day.
- on Saturday, March 21st, sale day, we need volunteers to work 2-3 hour shifts between 8 AM and 2 PM. These jobs may include: parking, greeting visitors, answering the phone, working at Birdsong’s Gift Shop, serving food and drinks, helping transport customers’ purchases to their cars and tearing down.

Please call 229-377-4408 or email birdsong@birdsongnaturecenter.org for more information and to sign up!
 

BUTTERFLY GARDEN WORK DAY
Thursdays, March 5 and April 2
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.
 

FREE FAMILY DAYS
First Saturdays March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6
Admission: free

On first Saturdays from March to June admission will be free and we will offer a $5-off membership special. If you know of any families who have never been to Birdsong, please let them know about this opportunity. Please help us get the word out! This is a nice chance for first-time visitors to see what Birdsong has to offer. (Please note: free admission does not apply to scheduled programs or events occurring on these dates.)
 

BLUEBIRD TRAIL MONITORING
The 2020 Nesting Season is Beginning!
March 4, 7, 18, 21
April 1, 4, 15,18, 29
9AM

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.
 

SMALL LANDOWNERS STEWARDSHIP GROUP
Saturday, March 14
At the Komarek Education Center
Tall Timbers Research Station
9am – 3pm

If you are a small acreage landowner and would like to discuss your plans, interests and challenges with fellow landowners, please join us for an upcoming quarterly meeting at the Komarek Education Center at Tall Timbers Research Station. This is an informal group – no minutes, no board, no fees - we gather to share information and resources relevant to our unique circumstances. This group was started and is informally organized and led by Jim Stevenson, formerly chief naturalist of the Florida State Parks and chairman of the Florida Springs Task Force and his wife Tara Tanaka, award-winning wildlife photographer extraordinaire. Having dealt with their own interesting challenges involving conservation-minded land ownership, Jim and Tara organized this informal group so that small landowners can help each other and share resources. This is a wonderful way to meet and talk to some very talented, interesting people who are managing their land using best ecological practices.

The agenda is different every meeting. We have learned about a range of pertinent issues: conservation easements, the value of a snag, prescribed burning, how to control invasive plants, how to safely operate a chain saw, and more. There is also a session offered by a featured landowner, usually involving slides, about their own property. At last year’s July meeting, Birdsong provided a session on its land management, featuring our prescribed burn program.

On March 14th, these topics will be discussed: controlling invasives: Tallow, Ardesia and Kudzu, neighbor relations, choosing a land management consultant, and “What is the Future of Your Land”. We convene at 9am for sessions, break for lunch and conversation at noon, and reconvene for afternoon sessions until 3pm. There is always ample time for private discussion and sharing. Bring your lunch; dress casually. Feel free to request session topics of interest to you.

Email Jim Stevenson at florida_springs@comcast.net for more information. Please join us – these meetings are very worthwhile!
 

SPRING TRAIL RIDE
To a few places less travelled
Saturday, April 11
10AM - Noon

Join Executive Director Kathleen Brady for a spring 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 hardwood hammock flowers are blooming; the woods along the south line to check on Erythrina and the young longleaf pines; and the Azalea Garden, just in case any wild azaleas are still blooming.

Along the way we will observe some recent burns, discuss Birdsong’s ecology, land management, fire program, 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 courting birds and signs of wildlife.

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Please call by noon on Friday, April 10th 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.
 

TAKE A CHILD OUTSIDE FOR EARTH DAY!
Saturday, April 18
9:30 - 11:30AM

Celebrate upcoming Earth Day (April 22) a few days early with your 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: an appreciation of the Earth, our home; 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 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 17th to reserve your space.

$4 Friends, $6 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 birdsong@birdsongnaturecenter.org for more information.