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Jackson Audubon Society
5120 625 W. Chickasaw St Brookhaven, MS
(850) 232-8219
jacksonaudubonsociety @gmail.com


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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 Feb. 3rd, 8:00am. There is a $4.00 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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Clinton Community Nature Center
JAS Chapter Meeting
Dr. Cathy Shropshire
A Portrayal of Fannye A. Cook
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6:00 p.m.

Please note the meeting time has changed

Photo Credit: Mississippi University for Women Foundation

Pursuing a Dream: Protecting Mississippi's Natural Resources: A Portrayal of Fannye A. Cook Join us in this living history encounter with the MS Museum of Natural Science's founder, Fannye A. Cook, as portrayed by Dr. Cathy Shropshire. Learn about the remarkable woman who created a state agency to conserve Mississippi's wildlife resources. She was the force behind the creation of Mississippi's agency known as the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, and its educational and research arm, the Museum of Natural Science. Miss Cook was the first person to collect and catalog Mississippi wildlife, and to lead the effort to protect and restore the state's natural environment. This presentation will introduce you to this extraordinary woman whose pioneering work and legacy began in the 1920s.

The book Fannye Cook: Mississippi's Pioneering Conservationist will be available for purchase at the meeting.

Saturday, February 3, 8:00am
JAS Monthly Bird Walk
LeFleur's Bluff State Park

Brave the temperatures with us as we hike the park looking for its winter residents.

Trip leader: Dave King

There is a $4.00 park entrance fee, and there is no gate attendant until 8:00 A.M. You may gain entry to the park before 8:00 A.M. through a kiosk at the gate shack.

Photo Credit: Christopher King

JAS Panther Swamp
Field Trip
Jan 20, 8:00 a.m.-Noon

Join us as we enjoy access to restricted areas on the Panther Swamp NWR. We will be looking for a variety of ducks, geese, and the accompanying raptors.

We will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Panther Swamp Visitor Center. Please do not use Google for directions as this will get you hopelessly lost. Instead please use the following coordinates 32.925098, -90.574132 These will take you to the turn off for the visitor center.

The roads at the NWR can be a bit rough. High clearance vehicles are recommended. However, if you do not own one please don't worry we can usually accommodate through carpooling.

Spotting scopes are recommended, but there will be opportunities to share scopes.

Leader: Chris King

Image Credit: Bill Stripling