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

Front Beach, Ocean Springs, MS-ACBS

Join Audubon volunteers and 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

Site Description: This site is characterized by open sand, artificial pier and jetty structures, with live oaks lining a relatively quiet street. Small patches of marsh occur throughout the transect.  The most frequent birds seen are gulls, pelicans, and terns, which sit on all of the artificial structures. Small suburban birds such as shrikes, crows, starlings, and doves are common. The small patches of marsh have kingfishers and herons. Shorebirds such as killdeer, sanderlings, ruddy turnstones, and American oystercatchers are common. The harbor system often has abundant wintering waterfowl.

Meeting Location: Meet near the Ocean Springs Yacht Club at the west end of Front Beach Dr. There is parallel parking available on Front Beach Dr and an additional parking area on the corner of Porter Ave and Front Beach Dr.

Survey Transect: This transect is 1 mile long. The west end is at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club. The east end is at the Ocean Springs Harbor. Stop at the boardwalk next to the boat launch.

GPS Coordinates: Start-30.403444N 88.82625W  Stop-30.409861N 88.84150W

If you have questions about meeting time or location, please contact Audubon Stewardship Manager, Molly Folkerts Caldwell at mfolkerts@audubon.org or (334) 703-8608. Time is subject to change, depending on weather conditions. Please contact Molly to confirm time. 

Happy Counting!