Delta Wind Birds offers guided field trips, bird identification workshops, and special fundraising events. All net proceeds from Delta Wind Birds events support our efforts to provide high-quality habitat to migratory shorebirds in the Mississippi Delta region. Field trips and workshops are free for students, but registration is still required. Discounted registration is sometimes available for members of the Mississippi Ornithological Society.
Shorebird Habitat Visit and Identification Workshop: Saturday, September 30, 2017
This event will take place at one of DWB’s best shorebird habitat sites, allowing participants to see first-hand how donations to DWB are put to work creating habitat for migratory shorebirds on private lands. We will also work on shorebird identification, and enjoy the excellent birding in this area. Click here for more details and to register online.
A Look at Past Events
Winter Grassland Birding and Sparrow Identification Workshop: Saturday, February 4, 2017
This workshop will include an indoor sparrow identification session, a field session at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, a delicious homemade lunch, and an optional early-afternoon field trip to another interesting nearby site. We’ll focus on sparrows, but will also study other common grassland birds.
Winter Delta Birding: Saturday, January 28, 2017
On this guided field trip through the northern Mississippi Delta, we’ll seek local winter specialties including Sandhill Cranes, Sprague’s Pipit, enormous flocks of Snow and Ross’s Geese, LeConte’s Sparrow, Brewer’s Blackbirds, and rare color morphs of the Red-tailed Hawk.
Winter Sparrow Identification Workshop I: Saturday, January 31, 2015
In this 4-hour workshop, we’ll first spend some time indoors (in Oxford) learning the basics and finer points of identifying all the sparrows regularly wintering in northern Mississippi, including specimen comparisons and vocalization studies. We will then head into the field at a nearby hotspot (Sardis Waterfowl Refuge), where we will have a good chance of seeing Chipping, Field, Fox, Song, Swamp, White-throated, Savannah, Vesper, and LeConte’s Sparrow, as well as Dark-eyed Junco and Eastern Towhee.
2nd annual Woodcocks and Wine Fundraiser: Saturday, February 7, 2015
At this afternoon/evening event (from 3:30 until ~6:30), participants will learn about the mysterious American Woodcock, which spends much of the winter in Mississippi, but also performs its dazzling courtship displays here. We will enjoy food and drink, learn about the basic biology of Woodcocks, view a top-rated short film about shorebird migration and conservation, and hopefully observe first-hand the mating ritual of the American Woodcock. All proceeds will support DWB’s efforts to provide habitat for migratory shorebirds in the Mississippi Delta.
Gull Identification Workshop: Friday afternoon, February 27, 2015
In this afternoon workshop starting at NOON, we’ll study the finer points of gull identification, including tricky identification problems, variation within species, and recognizing all 9 major plumages of our 3 most common local gull species. As always, we’ll be on the lookout for rarer species, including Lesser Black-backed, Thayer’s, and California Gulls. Although this course will cover advanced concepts, gullers of all levels of expertise are welcome. This workshop will have an indoor session at a public library in northwest Mississippi, followed by a field trip to Arkabutla Lake and the Tunica dump, which can be one of the hottest gulling spots in our region!
Fall Shorebird Identification Workshop: Saturday, October 3, 2015
This morning workshop will cover the basics and some advanced topics in identification of our favorite group of birds, the shorebirds (or wind birds). The entire event will take place at Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge, southwest of Batesville, Mississippi.