A Look Ahead
Pascagoula River Audubon Center
Moss Point, MS
PRAC Welcomes Pete Floyd for Artist Reception
Pieces of wood washed up along the shores don’t seem like much to most beach goers, but to some, each piece tells a story and becomes part of a larger vision.
            The Pascagoula River Audubon Center is proud to feature the driftwood birdhouses and art pieces of local artist Pete Floyd in its Moss Point Fine Art Gallery.  There are 20 different art pieces depicting a sailboat, flying birds, and bird habitats utilizing materials found in and around the river, bayous and barrier islands.
            From August 19 to October 16, these pieces of art can be viewed and purchased by visiting the Center or by visiting the virtual center at Pascagoula.audubon.org. A FREE artist reception will take place on Thursday, September 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. where guests can visit with the artist and gain a better understanding of how he gets his inspiration for his pieces of art.
            “We are proud to host this artist reception both on site and virtually,” said Susan Stachowski, manager of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center.  “Tune into Facebook live at 5 p.m. as we introduce Mr. Floyd and highlight his art.”
            For visitors attending the reception onsite, all social distancing protocols will be followed.  Guests inside the gallery will be limited, and masks are required inside the facility.  The reception will be held outside in the Perch under the interpretative center. Light snacks and beverages will be served, and anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
            Floyd, who started Pascagoula Perches many years ago, began using the driftwood to create varieties of bird house habitats for bluebirds, ducks and owls, to name a few, but then he began to have other visions in the driftwood.  Floyd said his works of art are inspired by a life on the water watching birds and a desire to bring a smile to those who love the natural world.
            “Each piece of driftwood deposited on the shore by Mother Nature is unique in the eye of the beholder,” he said.  “While some envision birds, snakes or alligators, others see turtles, fish or skinks.”
            He said some of his creations are a combination of wings, heads and bodies sculpted by the dynamic forces of the natural world.
            “None are altered but are just used as puzzle pieces to create imaginary denizens with characteristics of animals indigenous to Mississippi,” Floyd said of his art creations.
            For more information, please call the center at (228) 475-0825 or visit the website at https://pascagoula.audubon.org. To make purchases online, visit the online gallery HERE.
 
Plan for spring blooms in fall
Plans are underway for the second annual Fall Native Plant sale at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center.  Volunteers with the Jackson County Master Gardeners have been assisting with potting plants as they arrive and keeping up with watering.  Additional species will arrive in the next two weeks.

Due to social distancing concerns, the plant sale will take place both online and on-site.  The link for plant sales will open on Monday, September 21, with pickups beginning September 23.  On-site sales will take place September 23 to September 26 and while supplies last.

Begin making your choices by reviewing the list below:

Fall 2020 Plant List

Grass
  1. Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)

Shrubs/Trees
  1. Scarlet Rosemallow (Hibiscus coccineus)
  2. Florida Azalea (Rhododendron austrinum)
  3. Native Azalea (Rhododendron canescens)
  4. Dwarf Palmetto (Sabal minor)
  5. Fetterbush (Lyonia lucida)
  6. Oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia)
  7. American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
  8. Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)
  9. Wax Myrtle (Morella cerifera)
  10. Possumhaw Holly (Ilex decidua)
  11. Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica)
  12. Arrowood Viburhnam (Viburnum dentatum)
  13. Big Leaf Magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla)
  14. Fringe Tree (Chioanthus virginicus)
  15. St. John’s Wort (Hypericum prolificum)

Vines
  1. Trumpet/Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera semperivirens)
  2. Carolina Jessemine (Gelsemium sempervirens)

Ferns
  1. Lady Fern (Athyrium flilix-femina)
  2. Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichosides)

Flowering Perennials
  1. Dense Blazing Star/Gayfeather (Liatris spicata)
  2. PowPow “Wild Berry” Coneflower (Echinacea purpera)
  3. White coneflower (Echinacea purpura White)
  4. Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
  5. Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  6. Hyssop-leaf Thoroughwort (Eupatorium hyssopifolium)
  7. Black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  8. Rattlesnake Master (Eryginium yuccifolium)
  9. Lavender Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)
  10. Ironweed (Veronia lettermanii)
  11. Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa)
  12. Purple Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinium)
  13. Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata)
  14. Verbena (Glandularia Canadensis)
  15. Tickseed (Coreopsis pubescens)
  16. Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
Leadership Jackson County takes Audubon by Storm
Members of Leadership Jackson County with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce spent the day at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center learning more about the environment in their own back yards.

The 30-member group spent time kayaking Rhodes Bayou and Beardslee Lake lead by Eric Richards.  For many, this was their first time to be in a kayak. While on site, the group also learned more about local bird species and went on a bird walk around the area before wrapping up the day gaining information about the importance of using native plants in the landscape.

A final challenge was made to the group prior to their departure to return to their workplaces and find a new spot to plant a native garden.  All left hot, tired and sweaty but better prepared to serve as environmental ambassadors for Jackson County.
Looking for Gifts? Check out the Hidden Heron Gift Shop
Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for a bride, groom, graduate or friend? Look no further than the Hidden Heron Gift Shop at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center.  

Featuring local pieces by McInnis Bayou Pottery, Crazy A Pottery, Sandra Eisler, Dena McKee, Front Porch Glass and Pascagoula Perches, there is quite a variety of items from which to choose.  Other nature-themed items have recently been restocked along with a variety of items for children.

For your convenience, you may stop by to shop during our current hours of operation, Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or you can shop 24 hours a day from the comfort of your own home at our online store.  Purchases made online can be picked up during regular business hours or by appointment.  Curbside service is available.  

To view the items and to make purchases, just click HERE to visit our online store.
 
We Need YOU!
Now that the Pascagoula River Audubon Center is open to the public, volunteers are needed to work the reception desk, water plants, work as docents and maintain flower beds around the site.

After five months of being quarantined at home, volunteering with PRAC will provide time to enjoy the outdoors and to welcome guests to the Center while maintaining social distance.  Moving forward, the staff is planning one BIG Saturday each month for families to visit, and volunteers will be needed to work outdoor activities and crafts and to assist with maintaining procedures that follow state and CDC guidelines.

Anyone interested in volunteering should email prac@audubon.org, call (228) 475-0825 or complete this questionnaire and information form HERE.  
Hummingbird Festival Plans Underway
COVID 19 may have put a halt to many things, but it has not stopped the fall migration of Hummingbirds; therefore, plans are underway for the Second Annual Hummingbird and Nature Festival at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center. 

This year’s Hummingbird Festival will take place September 25 and 26 around the grounds of the property and will feature the Fall Native Plant Sale, activities for children, 30-minute marsh tours with Capt. Benny McCoy, food and entertainment.  Admission will be FREE with additional fees for individual activities.  

A special Hummingbird Happy Hour is also being planned for Thursday, September 24, featuring live entertainment from Jen and Tonic along with beer, wine, light snacks and a signature drink.  Member admission is $12 per person and admission for non-members is $15.  Tickets will be sold online in advance and at the door.

The Hummingbirds will not be banded this year, but video of actual banding will be shown throughout the day in the Moss Point Fine Art Gallery. Viewing of the tiny birds in the Hummingbird Forrest will be a highlight of the event.

Anyone interested in working as a vendor this year should complete the vendor application HERE!

Stay tuned for more information! 
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