Eudora Welty Library
LeFleur's Bluff State Park
DINOSAUR WATCHING--A NEW WAY TO LOOK AT BIRDS
Jackson Audubon's DinoBird Kit for Teachers--All Grades
Excite your students with the new knowledge that all birds are living dinosaurs! Jackson Audubon’s Dinobird Program and Kit provides a CD with script, model dinobirds, background materials and hands-on activities that will introduce students to ancient and living dinobirds. It also provides classroom activities to teach bird conservation and simple ways to make backyards and school yards healthy habitats for birds and prevent extinction of living dinosaurs, the birds.
Since children of all ages are already hooked on dinosaurs, we think that dinosaur watching is a perfect introduction to getting children hooked on bird watching and bird conservation. Our birds are declining in all parts of our country and children need to be aware of their threatened, endangered or even extinct status and what they can do to help birds.
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JAS Nest Box Cleanout Adventure 2013
The annual excursion to clean out the Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes was fairly routine on a warm Saturday in March, 2013. At the Mayes Lake location
,Reese, Louise, and crew found and cleaned most of the boxes, while some were repositioned and made attractive for the arrival of the new tenants in the spring.
On Sunday, the conditions at the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area were not so normal. The area is allowed to flood during the rainy winter to attract
water fowl, then the high water is pumped into into the reservoir for the rest of the year. This time the pumps malfunctioned, and Reese and I found the water in the nest box
area too high to access even with chest waders. Time to execute plan B!
Reese had canoed the area before and was somewhat familiar with navigating through the trees and brush, so it was decided to attempt the nest box
cleanout by canoe. After loading our canoe with spare poles and boxes, we set off paddling over the same trails we normally walked until we reached the observation deck at the
heron/egret rookery. From this familiar reference point we had surprisingly little trouble locating boxes, even without Louise's detailed map notebook.
Not long into our mission we were rewarded with the sight of a vortex of Chimney Swifts circling a large hollow tree. Perhaps these
should have been identified as "Hollow Tree Swifts"?
One by one we found the boxes and carefully approached, pushing off limbs and pulling around logs. Reese worked the boxes as I paddled and sculled
to keep him dry and in position. We hadn't seen any alligators and only a snake or two, though it was warm enough for them to be about. We were probably not even thinking about
alligators when we heard a huge splash not far to our right. Scanning the surface of the water through the trees , we spotted something swimming quickly towards us.
It turned away as it got within 20 yards of us revealing itself, a large deer.
The Canoe mission was so successful that Reese and I are almost hoping that the pumps break down again this year.
Reese carefully approaching a nest box
You have to make sure no "other" critters are calling the nest box home.
Reese knocks out one more among the many nest boxes that he maintains.
Not an alligator, but it could tip the canoe just as easily.
Image credits: Billy Mitchell