There are just some events in life that can never be forgotten, and that includes the news of the Deep Water Horizon BP Oil Disaster. And now, 10 years later, The Pascagoula River Audubon Center wants to make sure the road to response, recovery and restoration is never forgotten.
April 2020 will mark 10 years since the Gulf of Mexico experienced this disaster, but the learning that came from that disaster will serve the communities long into the future. Remembering the tragedy and understanding the steps taken over the past 10 years are important for people of all ages.
The weekend-long event will kick off with Restoration Celebration on Thursday, March 12, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. This adult-only event will give environmentally aware citizens a time to remember and reflect on how far the Gulf Coast has come. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.
The fun continues on Friday, March 13, with exhibitors and activities for school groups and the general public. From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., guests will journey the 10-acre site visiting vendors and exhibitors who were impacted by the disaster. Admission is $5 per person.
Saturday, March 14, will be Fun Day on the bayou with exhibitors, guest presentations, entertainment and food. There is no admission fee, but activities and food will have fees. Capt. Benny McCoy will be providing 30-minute marsh tours for $10 per person, and crawfish and barbeque will be available for purchase along with cold drinks.Read more.
Attracting and providing nutrition for birds to backyards goes much deeper that hanging bird feeders and keeping them filled. The best way to attract birds and provide nutrition is to have native plants as part of the landscape.
“Spring flowering plants not only brighten your yard, but the new leaves and blooms attract many pollinators and beneficial insects, which in turn provide food sources for migratory birds returning from their winter sojourns,” said Ecologist Stephanie Green from Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. “In the spring, it is especially important for migrating birds to have available food sources and rest habitat when they return to the Gulf Coast after what for many are hours of flight over the Gulf of Mexico.”
Not sure where to begin on transforming landscapes into native meadows that attract and feed birds? Visit the Pascagoula River Audubon Center for its 2nd annual Spring Native Plant Sale on Friday, April 3, or Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission fees for the weekend have been waived, and supplies are limited.
A highlight of this year’s event is the screening of “Hometown Habit Stories of Bringing Nature Home” and discussions with the documentary director Catherine Zimmerman. She is a sustainable landscape designer who will be available throughout the sale to share information with guests. Her film and visit are made possible through a Vibrant Communities Grant funded by Chemours.
The screening of the film will take place on Friday at 4 p.m. in the Moss Point Fine Art Gallery. A question-and-answer session with Zimmerman will follow. Saturday morning will feature “Brunch and Bloom” with Zimmerman at 10 a.m. This event is free for members and a $5 tuition will be charged to non-members.
A wide variety of native plants and shrubs will be available for purchase, including native azaleas, native blueberry, beauty berry and more. Plant prices will be based on the size of the pot.
Spring Break Camp will happen at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center during the week of April 6 –10, 2020. Students 7 – 12 years of age can sign up for a day or the week. Arrival time for camp each day is 9 a.m. and pick up time is 1 p.m.
Cost is $27 for each day and $135 for the week. Each day we will explore the bayou and center grounds, learn together about a daily wildlife theme, make connections with a story, enjoy free play, and wrap up with an activity or craft tying into that day’s theme.
Registration will open on March 9, 2020, and will be ONLINE only through our new registration platform called CampDoc. So check our website or Facebook page on March 9 for the link to register for Spring Break Camp.
Join Instructor Claire Faccini for Revitalizing Power Yoga at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7. These yoga sessions are customizable for all ability levels. Sessions are $10 for non-members and $8 for members. Bring a yoga mat, dress comfortably and bring a hydrating beverage. Put some POWER in your motivation! Space is limited, so reserve your spot. Sign up here.
All ages and abilities are welcome to come paint with us. Price includes all paint supplies, wooden door hanger of your choice, finishing touches by us, wire or twine hanger and a coordinating ribbon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about a specific design to paint. Register here.
Decorate for Spring
Trolley Ticket Booth Makeover
New artifacts, such as locally made duck decoys from the 1950s and a wheel hub dated to 1900 have been added to the trolley ticket booth replica. There is also a trolley token that was found by a local treasure hunter using a metal detector.
Come by and check it out. The pictures and display will certainly teach you a fun history lesson about the Moss Point/Pascagoula area in the early 1900s.
New Artifacts Added to the Ticket Booth Exhibit
Hidden Heron Gift Shop
There are several new items in the Hidden Heron Gift Shop upstairs at PRAC. Beautiful pottery pieces by Lisa Robertson of McInnis Bayou Pottery would make fabulous Easter or Mother's Day gifts this year.
PRAC has its own fragrance, Driftwood, of soy candles for sale. They are the perfect size and scent for candle-loving friends and family. We can also provide these candles in a smaller version for keepsake gifts at weddings, showers and parties.
Come by and check out the Hidden Heron Gift Shop. We are sure you will find something that will fit all of your gift needs.
New Items in Gift Shop
March Story Trail Book
Our March story trail books are The BP Oil Spill, by Peter Benoit, and What Can We Do About Oil Spills and Ocean Pollution?, by David J. Jakubiak. They are to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the BP Deep Water Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.