Once again, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center (SPAC) is partnering with Delta Wind Birds (DWB) for our annual Winter Sparrow & Grassland Birding Workshop. Starting at 8 am, we'll begin the morning outdoors to get some good early looks at Sparrows in our brush piles and grasslands, working with our instructor, J.R. Rigby, on some quick visual and aural ID techniques. We'll then proceed inside for an indoor presentation at our Visitor's Center, where we'll review key identification points for sparrows regularly wintering in our area; study recordings to learn and review the most important vocalizations used by sparrows in Mississippi in winter; and receive a take home quick ID guide for later use.
We’ll then head back to the restored grasslands of SPAC, an excellent sparrowing location, where we’ll put our knowledge into action and practice what we’ve discussed. We’ll also take time to study and appreciate other common bird species wintering in these grassland habitats. After warming up with a homemade lunch at SPAC, we’ll finish with an optional early-afternoon field trip to a unique, restored grassland of a private landowner in Hudsonville, just outside of Holly Springs. We expect to find 7+ sparrow species, including the beautiful and elusive LeConte’s Sparrow, which is regular at this site.
Registration is required through Delta Wind Birds at: https://deltawindbirds.org/product/winter-sparrow-workshop/
MOS/SPAC members: $25
Contact Mitch at SPACinfo@audubon.org for more details or questions.