Calendar of Events, January - February, 2019
January
Fri.      Jan.   4     Center Re-opens
Mon.      Jan.   7     Covey Film Festival  
                        - Journey of the Whooping Crane
Thurs.    Jan.  10     Butterfly Garden Work Day
Sat.      Jan   12     2019 Land Management Overview
Fri.-Sun. Jan.  18-20  Winter Ornithology Field Course   
                        - Red Hills Natural History Alliance
Sat.      Jan.  26     Leon Sinks Birding Hike

February
Sat.      Feb.   2     Take a Child Outside in the Wintertime
Thurs.    Feb.   6     Butterfly Garden Work Day
Sat.      Feb.   9     Winter Trail Ride
Fri.-Sun. Feb.  15-17  Great Backyard Bird Count
Sat.      Feb.  24     Bringing Nature Home

March
Sat.      Mar.   2     Raptors of the Red Hills

Special upcoming dates:

January 18-20, 2019 - WINTER ORNITHOLOGY - Co-sponsored by Birdsong Nature Center and Tall Timbers Research Station. Click here to learn more and register!

March 16, 2019 - 13th Annual Old-Timey Plant Sale - 9AM-to-1PM at Birdsong.

~ Program Descriptions ~

COVEY FILM FESTIVAL 2019
Thomas University Auditorium
Tuesday, January 7, 7PM

Covey Film Festival is honored to screen "Journey of the Whooping Crane" on January 7th at 7:00 pm at Thomas University’s Flowers Auditorium. We are especially pleased that this will be a regional premiere of this beautiful documentary and that Rhett Turner, film maker, will be joining us for a discussion. This screening marks the beginning of Covey 2019, the Festival’s 7th season of bringing film and film makers to the greater Thomasville area to educate, entertain and engage.

Tickets are $15.00 at the door or online. Proceeds support the Thomasville Community Resource Center. For more information and to purchase tickets visit CoveyFilmFestival.org.
 

WINTER ORNITHOLOGY
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. Click here to learn more and register!
 

BUTTERFLY GARDEN WORK DAYS
Thursdays, January 10* and February 6
9:00AM to Noon

Typically our Butterfly Gardeners meet on the first Thursday of each month, but in January they will be meeting on 10th and then go back to their normal schedule in February. Please join this active crew of volunteers to tend our beautiful Butterfly Garden this winter! 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.
 

2019 LAND MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW FOR VOLUNTEERS
Saturday, January 12
10AM – Noon

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 11th to reserve your place on the trailer, or for more information. Bring a sandwich; drinks and dessert provided. Dress for the weather.
 

LEON SINKS BIRDING HIKE
Saturday, January 26
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, so we may see winter visitors and possibly some migrants. 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 www.floridahikes.com/leon-sinks for more information. There are restrooms at the parking area. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars, water, snacks and sun protection.

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

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Call or email by noon on Friday, January 25th 1(800)953-2473, or birdsong@birdsongnaturecenter.org. The site also charges an admissions fee
 

TAKE A CHILD OUTSIDE IN THE WINTERTIME!
Saturday, February 2
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 1st, so we know how many to prepare for. Includes a handout and resource list for year-round outdoor activities with children.
 

WINTER TRAIL RIDE
Saturday, February 9
10:00AM - Noon

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

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Please call by noon on Friday, February 8th 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.
 

22nd ANNUAL GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
Friday through Sunday at Birdsong
February 15 - 17
Self-guided or join a scheduled guided group

The 2019 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), one of Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Citizen Science projects, will be held February 15-18, 2019. 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 gbbc.birdcount.org or at eBird.

A guided GBBC count will be led by Sharman Franklin and her grandson Gavin Franklin on Saturday, February 16th from 8:30 am to noon. If interested, please contact Birdsong to sign up and plan to meet Sharman and Gavin in the Birdsong parking lot at 8:15am.

If you prefer doing your own 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 gbbc.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.

This is a chance for you to participate in what is now a worldwide citizen science bird count and you can help us by listing observations from Birdsong!
 

BRINGING NATURE HOME
Sunday, February 24
2 – 4PM

In his book, Bringing Nature Home, Dr. Douglas Tallamy explains how everyone who loves the wonders of the natural world can contribute to the survival of our native birds, butterflies, and other treasures by providing the native plants needed to support them. Beth Grant has obtained permission from Dr. Tallamy to present his slide show on his findings. By acting on Dr. Tallamy’s practical recommendations, you can make a difference for bio-diversity while bringing endlessly fascinating wildlife to your home. Handouts will be provided. Copies of Bringing Nature Home and Dr. Gil Nelson’s Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens will be available for purchase.

No charge, but RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Class size limited to 18 people. Please call or email to reserve your space by Saturday at 5PM on February 23rd.
 

RAPTORS OF THE RED HILLS
Saturday, March 9
Time to be determined

Please check back with us for details of this program!
 

Additional program descriptions will be provided here shortly. Please see the current Birdsong Newsletter for more information.

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.