Staff-Led Audubon Coastal Bird Surveys - East Beach, Ocean Springs, MS-ACBS
Join Audubon staff to count and document coastal bird species. This survey provides valuable data for addressing the conservation needs of coastal birds that breed, migrate and winter along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Site Type: Mainland Beach
This transect is mainly sandy beach bordered by marsh vegetation along most of the shoreline. On the other side of a quiet street are large live oaks and grassy lawns in front of homes. There are several long piers along east beach which often have large numbers of Brown Pelicans, gulls, and terns. Passerines such as Eastern Bluebirds, Barn Swallows, and other backyard birds can commonly be seen across the street. Weeks Bayou empties into the sound near the western end of the transect. Wading birds can be seen and Clapper Rails can often be heard calling in this area. During low tide, mudflats with shorebirds can be observed on the western end as well.
Meeting Location: Meet at parallel parking along East Beach Dr in Ocean Springs, to the west of the intersection of East Beach Dr and Holcomb Blvd.
Survey Transect: This transect is 1 mile long. The west end is near the bridge over Weeks Bayou, to the west of the intersection of East Beach Blvd and Holcomb Blvd. The east end is at the intersection of Halstead Rd and East Beach Dr.
If you have questions about meeting time or location, please contact Audubon Stewardship Manager, Molly Folkerts Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (334) 703-8608. Time is subject to change, depending on weather conditions. Please contact Molly to confirm time.