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Jackson Audubon Society
5120 Reddoch Drive, Jackson, MS 39211
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Virginia Lee Cora

Occupation: Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, retired
Started birding: started "raptoring" in the 1970s
What sparked interest in birding: Our son's mascot was the bald eagle, and I began collecting information about their endangered status and looking for them here in Mississippi
First joined JAS: around 2000
Offices held in JAS: member
Favorite MS birding place: Any body of water large enough to attract American bald eagles.
Favorite birding place outside MS: Upriver on the Mississippi, especially Reelfoot, Tennessee in the winter when the eagles are present.
Backyard birding endeavors: Several seed and hummingbird feeders, and providing water and shelter for birds. Spiro was great at identifying backyard birds; I'm learning.
Most memorable birding moment: Seeing my first eagle dive into the water and come up with a large wiggling fish.
Birding achievements: With the help of Chris King, I incorporated birding into "Camp Cora" for a week for my five grandchildren-they loved it.
Advice to birders: Get off the couch, go outdoors, and look for and listen to the birds, preferably with a pair of binoculars, a field guide, and an Audubon birder that can help you understand what you see and here. Just do it!

Our next bird walk will be at LeFleur's Bluff State Park May 7, 8:00am. There is a $4.04 park entrance fee.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Birders making use of Mississippi Wildlife Management Areas should familiarize themselves with the most current rules regarding WMA user permit fees. See this link for details.

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Eudora Welty Library
JAS Chapter Meeting & Potluck Dinner
Shorebirds, the Limits of Endurance, and the Value of Conservation
Tuesday May 24, 6:30 p.m.

Photo Credit: Bill Stripling

The annual migrations of sandpipers and plovers, collectively known as shorebirds, are some of the most epic in nature, stretching even what scientists imagined was possible. J.R. will introduce this fascinating group of birds and discuss their remarkable adaptations to long-distance flight as well as the causes of decline in North American shorebird populations.

This is a potluck dinner. We ask that attendees bring a covered dish.

Saturday May 7, 8:00am
JAS Monthly Birdwalk
LeFleur's Bluff State Park

Spring migration is finally in full swing. Join us as we search for neotropical migrants.

The park is currently experiencing flooding. Please check back here the day before the walk to see if the park is accessable.

Trip leader: Pullen Watkins

There is a $4.04 park entrance fee.

Photo Credit: Christopher King

JAS Field Trip
Saturday May 21
Tensas National Wildlife Refuge
8:00 a.m. - Noon

Assistant Refuge Manager, Erin Cox, will lead us through the refuge, and treat us to a banding demonstration. There's a good chance of seeing a Swainson's warbler up close and personal. The banding demonstration will require mud boots and a whole lot of mosquito repellant, however.

If that sounds a bit too adventurous there is a wildlife drive available where we stand good chances of seeing some painted buntings and maybe even a Louisiana black bear. For the photographers there are photo blinds available too. Don't miss out.

For those who are unfamiliar with Tensas NWR, we will meet in the parking lot of the Mississippi Welcome Center on I-20 in Vicksburg and depart at 7:30 a.m. sharp, caravanning to the refuge's Visitor Center.

If you have any questions please call Chris King at 850-232-8219.

Leader: Erin Cox

Image Credit: Erin Cox