Calendar of Events, September - October, 2018
Please Note - Birdsong Nature Center will be closed
from Friday, August 17 through Tuesday, September 4.
We will reopen on Wednesday, September 5.

Wed.    Sept.  5  Birdsong reopens
Thur.   Sept.  6  Butterfly Garden Work Day
Sat.    Sept. 15  Early Fall Trail Ride
Sat.    Sept. 22  Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!
Sat.    Sept. 29  Take a Child Outside at Birdsong

Thurs.  Oct.  4  Butterfly Garden Work Day
Sat.    Oct.  6  Fall Botany Walk
Sat.    Oct. 13  Sammy Tedder Concert
                   A Music Benifit for Birdsong
Sat.    Oct. 20  Fall Work Day Day with 
                   Hands on Thomas County
Sat.    Oct. 27  Leon Sinks Birding Hike

Special upcoming dates:
January 18-20, 2019 - WINTER ORNITHOLOGY - Co-sponsored by Birdsong Nature Center and Tall Timbers Research Station.
March 16, 2019 - 13th Annual Old-Timey Plant Sale - 9AM-to-1PM at Birdsong.

~ Program Descriptions ~

Thursdays, September 6 and October 4
9:00AM 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.

To a few places less travelled
Saturday, September 15
10:00AM - Noon

Join Executive Director Kathleen Brady for an early fall trail ride around Birdsong. We will make a number of stops and take some short walks to a few places we seldom visit. 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 be looking for early blooming fall wildflowers, visit our Gopher Tortoise Neighborhood, and look for migrant birds and signs of wildlife.

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Please call by noon on Friday September 14th 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, bring binoculars and bird and wildflower ID books.

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

Saturday, September 22
2 – 4PM

Let’s go bug hunting! Did you know that there are over 13,000 insects and spiders in Florida? That figure doesn’t even include all of the other groups that people call “bugs”, but is still much larger than all of the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and plants put together! Our instructor, David Almquist, is the invertebrate zoologist at the Florida Natural Areas Inventory and has been working with Florida bugs for over 19 years. David, assisted by his 13-year old son Lukas and lovely wife Justine, will lead an exploratory nature hike that will provide insight into the abundance, diversity, habits and ecology of some of the bugs that occur at Birdsong and probably in your backyard. We will capture a variety of them, perhaps including dung beetles, and examine them close up.

This program is geared primarily towards children, but parents, naturalists and other adults are welcome and will find this to be an enlightening and enjoyable field experience. Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes for stepping off the trails, bring a net if you have one, and bring mosquito repellent, sunscreen, and water.

$4 Friends, $8 nonmembers, children half price. RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Contact us by Friday, September 21, at noon.

September 24 – September 30, 2018

Take a Child Outside Week is an international program designed to help overcome obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world. By arming parents, teachers, and other caregivers with resources on outdoor activities, our goal is to help children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live, and a burgeoning enthusiasm for its exploration. Going outside connects children to the natural world, helps kids focus in school and reduces chances of obesity. Please see this website: for more information.

Saturday, September 29

If you are a parent, grandparent, or friend of a child please join leader Sandra Sallee to celebrate Take A Child Outside Week and take a child on a natural adventure at Birdsong. We will walk the trails where we may find evidence of deer, coyote, or other wildlife; see butterflies face-to-face; search for doodlebugs; and watch birds go about their daily activities at the Bird Window. We will practice using all our senses a we explore what nature has to offer. Sandra will then assist the children in making a nature-related craft to take home, possibly using any natural materials they have collected. This program is geared for children and accompanying adults who want to learn how to better share the wonders of nature with their children. Resource material on outdoor activities will be provided.

$4 Friends, $8 nonmembers, children half-price.

RESERVATIONS PLEASE: we ask that you register by phone or email by Friday noon on September 28 so we know how many people to prepare for.

With Guy Anglin
Saturday, October 6
10AM – noon

We are looking forward to this fall’s wildflower bloom. It will be fascinating to see what kind of response we get after this summer’s abundant rains. Please join us for a leisurely botany hike led by Guy Anglin. Guy is well qualified to help us learn about southeastern plant life and ecology, having had decades of experience working for many of the key agencies in Florida that protect our natural resources. For much of his career Guy was the Forest Botanist-Ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service, coordinating ecosystems management in three of our National Forests here in Florida, the Osceola, Apalachicola, and Ocala. His main interest is restoration ecology and he and his wife Jan Blue are working to restore longleaf pine and native groundcover to their land, which they have placed in conservation easement with Tall Timbers Research Station.

We know you will benefit from a walk in the woods with Guy and enjoy learning about Birdsong’s fall blooming wildflowers.

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Call or email by Friday, October 5th at noon to reserve your space. Dress for the weather and for walking, possibly off-trail. Bring any questions you might have about fall botany and ecology – Guy can help you. We’ll start at 10am and go as long as our guests are interested. You are welcome to bring lunch and have a picnic afterwards.

$5 Members, $9 non-members. Geared for adults.

A Music Benefit for Birdsong
Saturday October 13, 2018
4-7 PM

Our friend Sammy Tedder has graciously offered to play a concert to benefit Birdsong Nature Center! It will feature music from his new CD, Grooves, Drives and Ballads. Sammy and his colleague Mike Andrews will play two sets for us in the outdoor “theater” behind the Barn. Please see Sammy’s Web-site,, to learn more about his music and his excellent nature film series, Local Waters. His new CD will be available for sale at the concert. You can watch a video of Sammy and friends at Birdsong playing “Moetzi,” an original work of Sammy’s, at

Gate opens at 4pm, music 4:30-6:30pm. Bring lawn chair or blanket, picnic and beverage if you wish. The Tally Mac Shack food truck will be serving meals & soft drinks for purchase.

Concert admission - $15/adult, $5 ages 12-18 with adult, under 12 free. Please make plans to join us for this very special and entertaining fundraising event for Birdsong!

Saturday, October 20, 9 AM – noon

Please join us for a busy volunteer event at Birdsong. This is a big day for Hands On Thomas County – every fall they send teams of hard-working volunteers to non-profits in need of help and we are one of those fortunate organizations on their list! Our construction team volunteers will be on site that day, helping to supervise. We can use many more hands to clean up the farm equipment shed, the Barn, the silos, and our storage shed, as well as rake and spruce up the House Garden and help with invasive plant removal. We’ll no doubt have additional projects to add by then - something for everyone! You will get to meet a lot of nice people, including our wonderful construction team that has been so busy all year. So please come on out, bring your work gloves, loppers, shovels, and enthusiasm and help give Birdsong a fall makeover! Thank you, Angela Kiminis, Executive Director of HOTC and Ali Harvey, Programs and Events Director, for including Birdsong in this wonderful community improvement day. Call or email for more information: (800-953-BIRD(2473) or

Saturday, October 27
8:00 AM– Noonish

Marvin Collins, Birdsong volunteer, will lead a birding hike to the extraordinary Leon Sinks Geological Area. This site is recognized internationally for its karst topography and beautiful wet and dry sinkholes. It is one of the most extensive underwater cave areas in the world and connects to Wakulla Springs. The hiking trails are moderate to somewhat difficult in places but lead through fascinating terrain, from gum swamp to upland hardwood hammocks and longleaf pine sandhills and from one beautiful sinkhole to another. These varied habitats make for excellent birding, plus it is migration and wildflower season. The site features some wonderful boardwalks and observation decks for great views of the many extraordinary sinks. Meet Marvin at Leon Sinks Geological Area for this excellent birding experience at 8:00AM. From Tallahassee, travel four miles south on Route 319 from its intersection with SR61 in town. See for more information. There are restrooms at the parking area. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars, water, snacks and sun protection. Don’t forget the bug spray! $4 Friends, $8 nonmembers, children half-price. RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Call or email by noon on Friday, October 26th; 1(800)953-2473, or The site also charges an admissions fee.

January 18-20, 2019
Co-sponsored by Birdsong Nature Center and Tall Timbers Research Station

We are pleased to be working with Tall Timbers Research Station on developing a series of in-depth Natural History courses relating to the wildlife and ecology of the Red Hills. Our first collaboration, Winter Ornithology, will be held on the weekend of January 18 – 20, 2018, and will include a number of in-the-field birding experiences. It is in the planning stages, so we will be providing more details in the next newsletter. We just wanted to let you know that this is in the works so you can put it on your calendar!

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.