Calendar of Events, May - June, 2018
Wed.    May    2   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Thur.   May    3   Butterfly Garden Workday
Sat.    May    5   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sun.    May   13   Mother’s Day Nature Walk
Wed.    May   16   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.    May   19   Late Spring Birding Tour
                   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Wed.    May   30   Bluebird Trail Monitoring

Sat.    June   2   Take a Child Outside and 
                     Get Wet and Muddy!
                   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Thur.   June   7   Butterfly Garden Workday
Wed.    June  13   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.    June  16   Gopher Tortoise Workshop
                   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.    June  23   Early Summer Trail Ride
Wed.    June  27   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sat.    June  30   Bluebird Trail Monitoring

~ Program Descriptions ~

Thursdays, May 3 and June 7
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.

May 2, 5, 16, 19, 30
June 2, 13, 16, 27 30

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 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.

Sunday, May 13
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 30 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.

Saturday, May 19
8:30 – 11:30AM

Let’s go for a combination trail ride tour and birding expedition at Birdsong! 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 go to a variety of locations: the Farm Pond, the Live Oak Hammock, the Linton’s Corner Trail along the drain, the area south of the planted longleaf site around Big Bay Pond, the woods west of the Frog Pond, and the east line firelane, and possibly others, depending how far we get! 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.

$6 Friends, $10 nonmembers, children half-price.

Saturday, June 2
9:30AM - Noon

Celebrate summer at Birdsong with your child or children. Leader Sandra Sallee and Executive Director Kathleen Brady will take you to discover the underwater inhabitants of the Farm Pond and Upper Pond. We’ll observe the many fascinating adaptations that plants and animals have for living in an aquatic environment.

Please bring a clean dishpan or bucket that has had no chemicals or soap in it, a dip net if you have one, boots, waders or old tennis shoes for wading in, a change of clothes for the ride home, and sun protection. Bring lunch if you want to stay and picnic afterward. Enjoy learning something new and have a special experience with your child in the great, wet outdoors!

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE, so we know how many to prepare for. Please sign up by noon, Friday, June 1.

$4 Friends, $8 nonmembers, children half-price. Includes a handout and resource list for year-round outdoor activities with children.

Saturday, June 16
10:00AM - 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 15 to reserve a space on the trailer and learn how you and your family can help protect gopher tortoise habitat near you.

To a few places less travelled
Saturday, June 23
10:00AM - Noon

Join Executive Director Kathleen Brady for a late 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 the Indian pinks and milkweed ; the woods along the south line to check on Erythrina; and the Bog Garden, just for fun. Along the way we will discuss Birdsong’s ecology, land management 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, June 22 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.

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.