Audubon Coastal Bird Survey-Jackson County - Graveline Beach, Ocean Springs, MS-Audubon Coastal Bird Survey (ACBS)

Graveline Beach, Ocean Springs, MS

Audubon Coastal Bird Survey (ACBS) 



Join Audubon volunteers to count and document coastal bird species. This survey pulse gauges the health of coastal bird populations and provides valuable data for addressing the conservation needs of coastal waterbirds that breed, migrate and winter along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Survey Site Type: Mainland beach with natural shoreline

Survey Site Description: This transect consists of a narrow stretch of beach, adjacent to marsh. The open water includes some pilings where Brown Pelicans, terns, and Double-crested Cormorants often sit. Clapper Rails, egrets, and herons are often seen and heard in the marsh. The thick wrack line and muddy substrate provides a nice variety of shorebirds at the tideline. Passerines such as sparrows,  warblers, and Red-winged Blackbirds are often seen in the bushes between the beach and the marsh. The open water and the bayou system often hosts wintering waterfowl.

Meeting location: Graveline Beach at dirt parking lot at the end of Beach Street. For accurate directions to meeting location: 4144 Beach Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.

Survey Transect: This transect is 1 mile long. The west end is at the meeting location parking lot. The east end is where the beach ends at the bayou channel.

Transect GPS Coordinator: Start- 30.354917N 88.682111W, Stop- 30.362083N 88.667778W 

This survey is currently led by ACBS Coordinator, Gary Herritz, or 228-369-4683. The time is subject to change, depending on weather conditions. Once signed up, the coordinator will notify you of any changes. 


Happy Counting!

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Schedule Summary

This activity has the following schedule

Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, February 08, 2023 7:00 AM 8:30 AM