October 13, 2015

Birding Trails

The Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail (MCBT) identifies and details over 40 sites that are used by local birders and are historically prime birding locations in the six southernmost counties of Mississippi. Most of these sites were first described as birding destinations by Judith Toups in her book, check Guide to Birding Coastal Mississippi and Adjacent Counties (2004).  This website makes the information more accessible for birders in the field and provides detailed locations containing high quality habitats and species diversity. Trail sites highlight birds native to coastal Mississippi and species that may be overwintering or migrating. Each trail page also details the best time to visit the site and the key species that may be present.  Mississippi Coast Audubon Society chapter members have identified a list of key bird species that may be considered priority for Mississippi. These birds have been highlighted on our Most Sought Species (MSS) page.  In other words, these species may be of increased interest to birders of all types especially those who may be traveling to the Mississippi Gulf Coast specifically to bird. Habitat quality also influenced site choice because of the undeniable connection between the presence of good birds and a robust, healthy ecosystem.
(text credit to the MCBT website)

Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail