Calendar of Events, January - February 2018

January 
Wed.    Jan.   3   Center Re-opens
Thurs.  Jan.   4   Butterfly Garden Work Day
Sun.    Jan.  14   Winter Walk at Birdsong
Sat.    Jan.  20   Land Management Overview
Sat.    Jan.  27   Winter Trail Ride

Febraury 

Call in early February about field trip to Wolf Creek
Trout Lily Preserve.

Thurs.  Feb.   1  Butterfly Garden Work Day
Sat.    Feb.   3  Winter Birding
Sat.    Feb   10  Take a Child Outside in the Winter
Thur.   Feb.  15  A Guided Tour of Wolf Creek
Fri.    Feb   16  Great Backyard Bird Count
Sun.    Feb.  18  Great Backyard Bird Count
Sat.    Feb.  24  Raptors of the Red Hills

 Birdsong's 12th Annual Old-Timey Plant Sale 
     Saturday, March 17th, 9AM - 1PM        

~ Program Descriptions ~

BUTTERFLY GARDEN WORK DAYS
Thursdays, January 4 and February 1
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.
 

WINTER WALK AT BIRDSONG
Sunday, January 14
2 – 4pm

Join Beth Grant for an enjoyable winter walk through Birdsong’s woods and fields. Beth is very knowledgeable about our native plants and can explain the value of managing and protecting our natural fauna for the benefit of wildlife. It is also a beautiful time of year with its subtle color palette. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and field guides, and bring any questions you might have about the importance of native plants in the landscape.

$4 members, $8 non-members, children half – price.
 

2018 LAND MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW FOR VOLUNTEERS
Saturday, January 20th
10AM – 1PM

Join us for a trail ride and conversation about Birdsong’s land management plans for 2018. All volunteers are welcome. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a newcomer who has been thinking about volunteering, this overview is designed to give you an understanding of our long-range land management vision, and show you specific projects and ongoing efforts we’ll actively engage in this year. This session is important for anyone who wants to help us burn this year, as well as anyone interested in invasive species removal, trail maintenance, and native plant and wildlife habitat enhancement. We’ll spend the morning in the field and return to the house for lunch together. You will get to meet some wonderful people and come away with an understanding of how valuable your role is in Birdsong’s management.

No charge. RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Call by Friday, January 19th to reserve your place on the trailer, or for more information. Bring a sandwich; drinks and dessert provided. Dress for the weather.
 

WINTER MORNING TRAIL RIDE
Saturday, January 27th
10AM – Noon

Join Executive Director Kathleen Brady for a winter morning trail ride. We will make a number of stops to discuss Birdsong’s ecology, land management and history, including places such as the Star Pasture, Farm Pond, the Listening Place, and others. We will point out gopher tortoise burrows, and look for winter birds and signs of wildlife.

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Please call by noon on Friday, January 26th 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.
 

WINTER BIRDING AT BIRDSONG
Saturday, February 3rd
8AM – 11AM

Wintertime at Birdsong is a great time to go birding. Join expert birder Marvin Collins for a long, leisurely discovery hike through a variety of excellent bird habitats. If birds are here, Marvin will find them, especially those elusive sparrows and warblers! The hike will wrap up with a visit to the Bird Window, which is typically a very busy place in the winter months. Dress for the weather and for a long walk in the woods. Bring binoculars and field guides.

$5 Friends, $9 nonmembers, children half-price.
 

TAKE A CHILD OUTSIDE IN THE WINTERTIME!
Saturday, February 10th
9:30AM - Noon

Bring your child to Birdsong and let them lead you on a natural adventure in the winter woods with Sandra Sallee. Give an ongoing gift to your child: an appreciation of nature, a better understanding of the where they live, and use of all their senses. We will walk the trails to search for evidence of animal homes, sign, and winter behavior. Enjoy the fresh air, some exercise, and time with your child in the great outdoors. We will collect natural materials along the way and create a craft upon returning to the Barn.

$4 Friends, $6 nonmembers, children half- price. RESERVATIONS PLEASE by Friday February 9th, so we know how many to prepare for. Includes a handout and resource list for year-round outdoor activities with children.
 

A GUIDED TOUR OF WOLF CREEK
Thursday, February 15th
3:00 PM

The Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve is a biologically diverse 140-acre hardwood forest about 5 miles west of Cairo in Grady County, Georgia. It is home to one of the largest (about 15 acres) and most dense populations (nearly every square inch) of the Trout Lily, Erythronium umbilicatum, known to exist anywhere. The beautiful Trout Lily is a threatened species in Florida and rarely found in south Georgia. Also present are several other rare plants: Trillium maculatum; Uvularia floridana; Bloodroot; Crane Fly, Green Fly and Southern Tway Blade orchids, among others.

Preserve volunteers will be offering field trips to see this amazing site in full bloom in February. The bloom dates vary widely depending on the weather. Here is a link to the Wolf Creek website, where you can learn about the upcoming season’s bloom, tours, and hours when the site may be open to the public. We urge you to go; this in one of the most impressive botanical displays of our area. You will love it! See wolfcreektroutlilypreserve.weebly.com for contact information.
 

21st ANNUAL GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
Friday through Sunday at Birdsong
February 16 - 18

The 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), one of Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Citizen Science projects, will be held February 17-19, 2016. Please have a look at the GBBC event description on their web page at www.birdsource.org for detailed instructions to create a free GBBC account for entering your observations. You are invited to count birds at bird feeders, in your yard, local parks or other outdoor locations, and then report your findings online at www.birdcount.org or at eBird.

To do your survey, come out and observe birds anywhere at Birdsong, including the Bird Window, for a minimum of 15 minutes and up to as long as you want, on any or all days of the bird count, and as many times as you want. (Birdsong is open 9 – 5, Friday and Saturday and 1 – 5 on Sunday, closed on Monday.) You can turn in your own results online at www.birdcount.org or pick up a tally sheet at the registration desk, go bird watching, fill the sheet out and leave it here at Birdsong and we will submit your results.
 

RAPTORS OF THE RED HILLS
Saturday, February 24
11AM – 12:30PM

Live, native birds of prey — hawks and owls — will help St. Francis Wildlife Association’s education director Sandy Beck share their personal stories, the amazing adaptations that enable them to hunt and survive, the important roles these raptors play in Florida’s ecosystems, and what we can all do to help them. For adults and school-aged children.

$6.00 Friends, $10.00 non-members, children half-price. RESERVATIONS, PLEASE Call (229) 377-4408 or email by Friday, February 23rd at noon to reserve your space.
 

BIRDSONG'S 11TH ANNUAL OLD-TIMEY PLANT SALE
Saturday, March 17th
9AM – 1PM

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!

Additional Plant Sale information will soon appear on our Web-site, Facebook and Twitter.
 

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.