Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens & Home on January 27 features Dr. Mark LaSalle whose topic is "Birding Along the Gulf Coast"
Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens & Home is January 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m. This week's session will feature Dr. Mark LaSalle, Director of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, who will lead a session on “Birding on the Gulf Coast” and help visitors get ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count coming up in February.
Dr. LaSalle, an estuarine ecologist, is the coordinator of the Audubon Master Naturalist Program, an adult volunteer training program focusing on natural history. At the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, he conducts and coordinates environmental education programs for youth, teachers, volunteers and the public, focusing on coastal wetland biology and ecology, coastal habitat creation and restoration and watershed issues, including the effects of human activities.
At Bellingrath, Dr. LaSalle will tell guests how to identify birds along the Gulf Coast and how they can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. After his presentation, weather permitting, he will lead a bird walk through the Gardens.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is February 12-15. Participants may register to participate in the count at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/. In 2015, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 100 countries counted 5,090 species of birds on more than 147,000 checklists, according to information from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, organizers of the event.
To register for Winter Wednesday, call 251-973-2217.