Audubon Coastal Bird Survey-Hancock County - Washington Street Pier, Bay St. Louis, MS

Washington Street Pier, Bay St. Louis

Audubon Coastal Bird Survey (ACBS)


The Audubon Coastal Bird Survey is a volunteer-based citizen science program designed to provide scientists with valuable data for addressing conservation needs of coastal waterbirds that breed, winter and migrate along the Gulf Coast. The program, originally established through the Pascagoula River Audubon Center in response to the BP oil spill, is already providing valuable population and habitat-use data for a variety of coastal waterbirds, many of which are experiencing population declines.


Dates: See below


Duration: 1.5 hours


Site Type: Mainland Beach


Site Description: This site consists mainly of sandy beach shoreline with expansive mudflats, beginning at Washington Street Pier. Rock jetties are situated along the boat ramp which can make for exciting finds, including American Oystercatchers. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Killdeer, Ruddy Turnstones, and Sanderlings can be seen along this transect. On the opposite side of the road, mature live oaks and suburban yards hosts common species such as Northern Mockingbirds, Loggerhead Shrikes, and Blue Jays. At the right time of year, this is a great viewing location for Red-headed Woodpeckers.


Meeting location: Washington Street Pier at the boat launch. There is ample parking available near the pavilion and by the pier.


Survey Transect: This transect is 1 mile long. The west end is at the Bay Oaks Dr/South Beach Blvd intersection. The east end is at Washington Street Pier.


Transect GPS Coordinates: (Start)30.303028N 89.329917W  (Stop)30.293806N 89.343667W


If you have questions about meeting time or location, please contact ACBS Site Coordinator, Rhonda Plitt at rplitt09@yahoo.comTime is subject to change, depending on weather conditions. Please contact Rhonda to confirm time.


Happy Counting!



Schedule Summary

This activity has the following schedule

Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 7:00 AM 8:30 AM
Wednesday, May 01, 2024 7:00 AM 8:30 AM
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 7:00 AM 8:30 AM
Friday, May 24, 2024 7:00 AM 8:30 AM