Audubon Coastal Bird Survey-Jackson County - East Beach, Ocean Springs, MS-ACBS

Join Audubon coordinator, Tom Butera 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

Site Description: 

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 intersection of East Beach Dr and Halstead Blvd. at GCRL entrance. 

Survey Transect: This transect is 1 mile long. The west end is near the bridge over Weeks Bayou. 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 Tom Butera, at Time is subject to change, depending on weather conditions.  Please contact Tom to confirm time. 

Happy Counting!

Schedule Summary

This activity has the following schedule

Date Start Time End Time
Monday, January 30, 2023 7:30 AM 9:00 AM
Monday, February 20, 2023 7:30 AM 9:00 AM