Pascagoula River Audubon Center
Moss Point, MS
Plant Them and They Will Come!
The 3rd annual Spring Native Plant Sale will be April 9 and 10 with online sales beginning April 5.  Since beginning to offer native plants in 2019, the interest has continued to grow, and the beneficiaries are our feathered friends.

Why plant natives? By choosing plants that naturally occur in your geographical region, you will be providing both resident and migratory birds with the essential insects, fruit, seeds and shelter they need year-round.  Having these types of plants in your landscape help birds adapt and survive in the face of climate change.

Thanks to a Vibrant Communities Grant from Chemours, we have tripled the size of our green house space and are able to provide even more varieties of plants.  By popular demand, we will have the native Azaleas, Wisteria and Oak Leaf Hydrangea, among other items.  To view a complete list of species that will be available, visit our website by clicking HERE.  

Online sales will begin April 5 with curbside pickup beginning April 7.  On site sales will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 and 10, or while supplies last.  To make online purchases, click HERE.  
Native Plant Appreciation Week and Earth Day
The week of April 19 to 24 has been designated as Native Plant Awareness week by the National Audubon Society, and we have also had this week recognized by the State of Mississippi, Jackson County and the City of Moss Point.

Resolutions proclaiming Native Plant Awareness week have been adopted by those entities as part of our mission to encourage property owners to plant native for the birds.  In recognition of this week and Earth Day, PRAC will host Earth Day Afterhours on April 22 from 4 to 8 p.m.  The evening events will kick off with the planting of a tree in memory of Jacqueline McDonald, wife of Boy Scout Icon Harry McDonald.  A bench will also be placed near the tree in her memory.

Along with the tree planting, Miss Katie is planning activities for children, the local musical group “Coast Motel” will be entertaining in Dixie’s Perch, and there will be a fun game of trivia for all.  Native plants will also be available for sale.

Stay tuned to Facebook and our website for more information!
They're Here!
March 25, Audubon Mississippi biologists spotted the first Least Terns who have returned for the spring. Tiny birds with big personalities, they come to the Gulf Coast beaches to nest in the summer.

Audubon’s Coastal team will soon be hitting the beaches hard to post, sign, protect, and monitor the nesting birds that call Mississippi home in the summertime. Program Biologist, Abby Darrah will lead the monitoring crew, consisting of: Collin Stempien the Coastal Bird Technician, Tim Guida the Field Operations Associate,  and Wade Burris the Seasonal Coastal Bird Technician.

The monitoring staff will also host an internship position. Melinda Averhart the Stewardship Manager will be leading a crew of five stewards this summer to protect nesting birds at their colonies.

If you see us, make sure to say hi and “ask us about the birds!”     
PRAC Partners with New State Farm Agent
The newest face that can be seen in and around the Downtown Moss Point area is Steven Romero who recently took over the former Donny Lamey State Farm Agency. 

Along with his presence, he is jumping right in and working with the staff at PRAC choosing us for his April 2021 “Quotes for Good” organization.  Throughout the month of April, for every person that PRAC sends to him for a quote on auto, fire, life or health insurance, Romero will make a $5 donation to us. The funds received through this program will be used for summer camp supplies.

For the quote to qualify, the individual can be a new or current customer but receiving a quote for new business with the agent.  When calling or stopping by for the quote, be sure to mention “Quotes for Good” and our name!
2021 Welcomes the Return of Summer Camps!
Once again, the sounds of laughter and learning will be heard from the grounds of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center during the 2021 Discovery Summer Camps.

All children participating in camps will explore the natural world through discovery and guided hands-on activities. Our themes and activities revolve around the Pascagoula River and local bayou ecosystem. Children in the elementary and middle school summer camps will each take a boat tour if the weather permits. Each camper will receive a summer camp tee shirt and be invited to participate in our mini-art exhibition at the end of each session!

Camp for children entering Kindergarten through 2nd grade will be June 29 to July 2, 2021. Camp for children entering 3rd through 5th grades will be July 12 to 16, and we are offering an adventure camp for middle school students July 19 to 23.  

Thanks to a donation from the Federal Wildlife Service designed to assist with summer camp tuition, the price for this year has been discounted. Tuition will be $100 for non-member campers and $90 for member campers.

The number of campers will be limited so that social distancing can be maintained. To receive information regarding registration, please click HERE. Additional information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.
Tern Fair Plans Underway
Beautiful Rhodes Bayou will be the setting for Tern Fair 2021!  Make plans to explore the Pascagoula River Audubon Center to learn more about the nesting shorebirds along with many other things.

Special events for Tern Fair on May 8, 2021, will include John James Audubon impersonation by “Fox” Ellis, banding of song birds by ACBS biologists, food, craft and merchandise vendors, and entertainment.  Admission to Tern Fair is FREE, but donations are always accepted.
Updates!
Special thanks goes out to the many people who have supported PRAC this year.  The first-ever Picnic at PRAC was a huge success, and facility rentals are on fire! Remember to share information about PRAC as a venue with your family and friends.  We have already hosted two weddings this year and have three more on the books!

PRAC will be closed for Easter holidays April 2, 3 and 4, but will be open April 5 to prepare plant sale orders.
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5107 Arthur St., Moss Point, MS 39563
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