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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 September 5, 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

Pot Luck Supper and Elections

Erin Cox: Birding Opportunities at Tensas River NWR

May 26, 6:30 p.m.

Erin grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She became interested in wildlife at an early age, and initially attended Haywood Community College and majored in Fish and Wildlife Management Technology. The summer after she graduated from Haywood, she got her first "real" wildlife job working as a research technician on a bird project looking at the effects of Carolina hemlock death on black-throated-blue warblers, dark-eyed juncos, and blue-headed vireos in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Once the job was over, Erin kept birding for fun. While she was completing her BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, she began working for the US Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Refuge System as a student employee. After graduation, she worked in Mississippi at the Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. In 2012, she was hired as the Assistant Refuge Manager at Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Louisiana, where she remains today. Tensas River NWR is an 80,000 acre oasis of bottomland hardwood forest, and forest interior breeding birds are a main priority for the Refuge.

Photo Credit: Erin Cox

Saturday June 6, 8:00am
JAS Monthly Birdwalk

LeFleur's Bluff State Park

Summer is upon us, but there are still birds to be observed. Join us as we look for nesting birds and fledglings.

Trip leader: Chris King

There is a $4.04 park entrance fee.

Photo Credit: Christopher King

Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Yazoo County
Saturday June 13, 7:45am - Noon

Join us as refuge manager, Seth Swoffard, guides us through Panther Swamp NWR.

Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Yazoo County. (662-836-3045) Location: 1 hour north of Jackson and Vicksburg. Meet at HQ Building located 10 miles west of Yazoo City at 12595 MS Hwy 149. Google: 12595 MS Hwy 149 or call 601/832-6788 for directions. Bird Leader: Chris King/Mary Stripling Host/Guide: Seth Swafford, Refuge Manager

Call 601-832-6788 for more information.

Trip Leader: Seth Swofford

Image Credit: John & Karen Hollingsworth