Grand Bay Reserve Offering Free Wintering Shorebird Expedition

Mark your calendars now! Grand Bay Reserve is offering a FREE guided birding boat tour to the outer waters of the Reserve near the Grand Battures and Catch-Em-All Bar on Saturday, November 12th from 8:00 AM* till 11:00 AM. Ornithologists, Dr. Mark Woodrey, the Reserve’s Research Coordinator, and Jake Walker, one of our staff researchers and president of the local Audubon chapter, will lead this expedition to observe overwintering waterfowl, wading birds and other shorebirds. You will not only learn how to identify these birds but also learn how you can take action in your own community to help conserve the habitats needed to help support migratory birds.

This trip is designed for teens and adults and is limited to the first nineteen people who pre-register. Please bring your own binoculars, cameras and/or spotting scopes. Because the participants will be getting in and out of a boat in a variety of habitats we recommend that you dress to get wet and muddy. *Participants must sign in at the Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center located at 6005 Bayou Heron Road in Moss Point, MS at 7:30 AM prior to boarding the boat.

To pre-register, please email your contact information including your name, email address and phone numbers to Jennifer Buchanan at jen.buchanan@dmr.ms.gov or call her at 228.475.7047. Be sure to sign up soon. This trip will fill up fast.

The Grand Bay NERR is located in southeast Jackson County and includes wetlands and waterways from Bang’s Lake to the Alabama state line. A major goal of the Reserve is to provide for research coordination and dissemination of scientific data to the community and local decision-makers to provide sound information on which to base management decisions.

 

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