Staff-Led Audubon Coastal Bird Surveys - Front Beach, Ocean Springs, MS-ACBS

Front 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

Site Description: This site is characterized by open sand, an artificial pier, and rock jetties with live oaks lining a relatively quiet street. Small patches of marsh occur throughout the transect. The most frequent birds seen are Laughing Gulls, Brown Pelicans, and a host of terns which enjoy loafing on the artificial structures. Small suburban birds such as Loggerhead Shrikes, European Starlings, and Eastern Bluebirds are common. In the small patches of marsh, Belted Kingfishers and a variety of herons can be seen. Shorebirds such as Sanderlings, Ruddy Turnstones, and American Oystercatchers can all be viewed along this transect at the right times of year. The harbor system often hosts an abundance of wintering waterfowl including Greater and Lesser Scaup, Blue-winged Teal, and Common Goldeneye.

Meeting Location: Meet in the Ocean Springs Harbor Parking Lot at the east end of 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. Stops at the Yacht Club.

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

If you have questions about meeting time or location, please contact Stewardship Manager, Melinda Averhart at maverhart@audubon.org or (239) 410-6971. Time is subject to change, depending on weather conditions. 

Happy Counting!

Schedule Summary

This activity has the following schedule


Date Start Time End Time
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 7:00 AM 8:30 AM
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:00 AM 8:30 AM
Friday, October 08, 2021 7:00 AM 8:30 AM
Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:00 AM 8:30 AM