Calendar of Events, July - August 2016
Sataturday  July 2   Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Thursday    July 7   Butterfly Garden Work Day
Wednesday   July 13  Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sataturday  July 16  Summer Morning Trail Ride
                     Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sataturday  July 23  Summer Birding at Birdsong
Wednesday   July 27  Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sataturday  July 30  Bluebird Trail Monitoring

Thursday    Aug. 4   Butterfly Garden Work Day
Sataturday  Aug. 6   Butterfly Field Trip to Elinor
                       Klapp-Phipps Park
Wednesday   Aug. 10  Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Sataturday  Aug. 13  Take a Child Outside for a Natural
                       Scavenger Hunt!
                     Bluebird Trail Monitoring
Birdsong will be closed from Tuesday, August 16 to Tuesday, September 5, and reopen Wednesday, September 6.


~ Program Descriptions ~

July 2, 13, 16, 27, 30
August 10, 11

The Bluebird Monitoring season is in full swing! Our Bluebird Trail team checks nest boxes every other Wednesday and Saturday. Join these veteran Bluebird volunteers 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.

Thursdays, July 7 and August 4
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. For more information call Donna Legare at (850)386-1148 or Birdsong at (229)377-4408.

Saturday, July 16
9:00 – 11:00AM

Join Executive Director Kathleen Brady for a summer morning trail ride. Our primary destination will be the WHIP (Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project) site where we will stay for a while and look for bird and other wildlife activity, see our pine trees, and talk about the current status of the project. We will make a number of additional stops to discuss Birdsong’s ecology, land management and history, including places such as the Spring Pond, gopher tortoise neighborhood, Big Bay Swamp, Listening Place, Star Pasture and others. We will point out gopher tortoise burrows, look for birds that may be raising their final brood, any other signs of wildlife, and summer wildflowers in bloom.

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Please call by noon on Friday, July 15th to reserve a space. Geared for adults and mature children - we will be sitting still and watching birds for an extended period of time. There is room for 12 people on the trailer. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and bug spray.

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

Saturday, July 23
8AM to 12 or so

An early summer morning at Birdsong is a great time to go birding. Year-round and summer residents are feeding chicks and training second broods of fledglings. Join expert birder Marvin Collins for a leisurely discovery hike through a variety of excellent bird habitat, including open oldfield, pine woods, swamp and mixed hardwoods. 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 this time of year. Dress for the weather and for a long hike in the woods, and be prepared for the heat. Bring binoculars, sun protection, water and a snack.

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Call or email to let us know you are coming by 4PM Friday, July 22nd. $4 Friends, $8 non-members, children half-price.

Saturday, July 30
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 18 years. David, assisted by his 10-year old son Lukas, 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, hopefully 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, June 24th, at noon.

With Dean and Sally Jue
Saturday, August 6
9AM – Noon

The Golden Banded-Skipper is described in most butterfly field guides as “rare and elusive” in the eastern US, yet it is easy to see at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park in Tallahassee. Named for the luminous golden bands across its forewings, the skipper is found in the shady portions of the park where its larval food plant, thicket bean, grows. It has two broods, the first in April and the second in July and August.

Dean and Sally Jue have studied this fascinating skipper for over 5 years and have worked with the park managers to assure the butterfly’s population remains healthy. Located on the north side of Tallahassee, Phipps Park is one of the best butterfly-watching sites in the Florida Panhandle, with some 85 species identified to date. Dean and Sally will take you to see the Golden Banded-Skipper in its habitat and share some of the interesting aspects of this butterfly’s behavior and ecology. There will also be many other butterflies to observe and learn about!

Dean and Sally are accomplished biologists and excellent teachers - we will have an enriching and enjoyable field experience!

Meet at Gate A parking lot off of Miller Landing Road at 9:00 AM. For a map please see Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park Map (PDF).

Bring regular or close-focusing binoculars if you have them, your camera, plenty of water, and a lunch if you want to stay for the afternoon. Should you have any questions please contact Sally Jue at or (850) 386-1393 for additional information.

$4 members, $8 non-members. Children half-price. Please email or call in and register so we know you are coming at or 800-953-2473.

Saturday, August 13

Celebrate summer at Birdsong with your favorite child or children. Leader Sandra Sallee and Executive Director Kathleen Brady will take our group on a scavenger hunt and see what Mother Nature has to offer! We want to give you and your youngsters an opportunity to really practice your nature observation skills – as a team! We will provide bags for collecting your treasures.

Be prepared to walk off the beaten path; closed-toed shoes and long pants are a good idea. We will go collecting and come back to the Barn to sort our loot and show it to our new friends. Bring water, sun protection, and lunch if you want to stay and picnic afterward. Enjoy learning something new and have a special experience with your child in the great outdoors.

RESERVATIONS, PLEASE, so we know how many to prepare for. $3 Friends, $5 nonmembers, children half-price. Includes a handout and resource list for year-round outdoor activities with children.

Please also see our Birdsong Newsletter for information on event dates and descriptions.

You can also find these on our Events section on Facebook. It is open for all to view - login to Facebook is not required.

Please call 229-377-4408 or email for more information.