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November 24, 2020

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Birds and Brews

December 21 marks the start of the winter season, and the Pascagoula River Audubon Center is celebrating the evening with birds and brews.

From 4 to 7 p.m., participants can enjoy a guided hike to look for and listen to the center’s beloved Great Horned Owl pair, enjoy a solstice bonfire, play seasonal trivia and welcome the official start of winter. The event will also include local beer, wine, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Pascagoula River Audubon Center Programs Manager Erin Parker said the event is an opportunity for members and those who have never been to the center before to experience what the center does in a unique way.

“We always say it’s a really fun date night,” Parker said. “It’s also a nice way for adults to come without having to watch the kids – a great adult-only visit to the Center.”

Parker said participants can drop in at any time during the 4 to 7 p.m. timeframe. In addition, she said the the Great Horned Owl pair is always a great attraction for this annual event.

“This is one of our most popular Birds and Brews events,” Parker said. “The owls are really active in the evening, and it’s fun for people to go out and look at the owls and listen to them.”

In addition to the guided owl tour, participants can also tour the whole Center, including the art show from the Center’s Plein Air Art Festival earlier this year. The artwork is all done by local artists, and each of the pieces was created in the one-day festival.  

Parker said this will be the last event for 2017, and the events will continue on a quarterly basis with different themes beginning in 2018. 

“We’d like to encourage anyone who’s considering visiting the Center for the first time to come out,” Parker said. “It’s a great way to see the Center and interact with staff. We get a lot of members who come to these events, which we love, and we’d also like to encourage new folks to visit as well.”

Prizes are available for winners of the trivia game, and the night will end with a bonfire outside if the weather permits. Parker said the event is set up for those who’d like a more relaxed evening.

“It’s a nice way to kick off the weekend,” Parker said. “You can stop by, relax, and get some downtime before the holidays.”

The cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. This event caters to those 21 years of age and older only. For more information, call 228-475-0825.

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