Photographs compliment of Charley Moore

Please enjoy these photos taken by Charley Moore of some of our common residents here in the Low Country!

You may view our entire Gallery here.

If you would like to share your photographs of our local birds, please submit them using the instructions on this link and we will post them on our blog, gallery and Facebook pages.

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SIB First Quarterly Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the First Quarterly Meeting of the Seabrook Island Birders
January 20, 2016 at the Lake House

This was the first meeting of those who had expressed an interest in birding on Seabrook Island.  Originally 78 persons had signed up and nine (Charley Moore, Nancy Brown, Flo Foley, Marcia Hider, George Haskins, Donna Lawrence, Lyn Magee, Dean Morr, and Judy Morr) had volunteered to initiate the organization.  Those organizational meetings were in November, December, and January and culminated in this initial gathering of the interested parties.

Registration of attendees started at 6:45 PM.  It took 45 minutes to process those who opted to pay the $10 annual membership fee and receive their membership cards.  According to Marcia, the paid up membership now stands at 99 — many of whom were not on the original list.  Attendees filled the Live Oak Room at the Lake House — attendance was counted as 102.  The turnout exceeded expectations of most of the organizers.   Refreshments were provided under the guidance of Donna Lawrence.

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More than 100 people attended the first SIB meeting!

The guest speakers, Christina Fifer Owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, along with one of her employees Adam Sherrill, described several birds who are likely to visit feeders in our backyards, with the appropriate food for each, and demonstrated a variety of feeders for the distribution of these foods.  She also answered several birder questions and offered some bird seed freebies.  SIB members will receive a 10 percent discount on food items purchased at her WBU store on Savannah Highway in West Ashley. (see earlier blog post for details on discount)

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Christina Fifer, Owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, West Ashely, SC presenting

Nancy Brown demonstrated the SIB communications options which she has already established for the benefit of our members as well as some indication of additional enhancements.  There are user friendly ways for members to know what activities in bird watching are scheduled, how to arrange other birding expeditions, what birds are being seen on the Island and in the vicinity,  and what links are available to enhance each member’s birding experience.

Flo Foley provided a brief summary of projected activities for the membership and particularly focused on the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) taking place February 12-15, 2016.  SIB members are invited to meet on February 14th at 8:30 AM, at the Lake House, for a guided walk around Palmetto Lake to participate in the Count.  More information about the GBBC may be found on our website.

Dean Morr reported on 2015 bluebird monitoring.  There are 75 bird nesting boxes on four trails around the golf douses and the Lake House which are monitored as to occupancy by a group of volunteers.  While the emphasis is on observing Eastern Bluebirds, they found Carolina Chickadees were the early occupants in 39 boxes and 102 young ones were fledged.  During the season, 76 bluebird nests were noted (numbers do not add because some boxes were used more than once) and 259 birds were fledged.  They are nice additions to our local wildlife.

Three persons in the audience were recognized as representatives of other related organizations.  Valerie Doane, of the SI Photography Club, offered our membership the opportunity to participate with them in learning about photographing birds. Lori Porwoll is a volunteer with the Birds of Prey facility as a transporter of injured birds to their clinic and she invited persons to join her in that effort.  David Gardner, Program Director at St. Christopher and an ardent birder, invited members to visit their office for guidance in the use of their property for birding while not interfering with their programs.

In an effort to define interest, Charley Moore asked for a show of member interest in a proposed SIB program by the Birds of Prey personnel, with a live bird demonstration, which would likely require a participation fee of $5-10 to cover the cost. There was a favorable response.  This will be pursued as the subject of the April program.

Charley Moore then presented a proposed slate of SIB officers for 2016.  The slate:

  • Chair — Charley Moore
  • Program Co-Chairs — Judy Morr and Lyn Magee
  • Treasurer and Membership — Marcia Hider
  • Secretary — George Haskins
  • Communications and Web Master — Nancy Brown
  • Bluebird Trails Chair – Dean Morr
  • Activities Chair — Flo Foley
  • Social Chair — Donna Lawrence

It was moved, seconded, and approved that the slate be elected.

Six door prizes (three bags from WBU, two framed bird prints, and a bird book) were awarded in a random drawing.

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Dean Morr of SIB presenting a Charley Moore photograph of an owlet on canvas, one of six door prizes, to Inga Fyfe

The program concluded about 9 PM.

Respectfully submitted for comment,

George Haskins, Secretary

Limited Seats available for Photography Day at Center for Birds of Prey

I just spoke to the Center for Birds of Prey and they have six (6) seats left of the 25 total in this exciting photography workshop with Guest Artist Taylor Glenn on Monday February 15, 2016.  See below for details – Call today if you want to register before the seats are gone!

Note: They will take an unlimited number of observers.

Curated Photography Day with Guest Artist Taylor Glenn
ANNOUNCING – Limited number of tickets available!
We’re excited to have one of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition’s featured artists as curator for our first Photography Day of 2016.
Program Details
What:   Curated Photography Day with Taylor Glenn
When:  Monday, February 15
Time:    8:30am – 11:30am
Taylor Glenn is a photographer specializing in outdoor lifestyle and nature imagery. He is a resident of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and travels extensively for his work. Glenn’s photos have appeared in American Photography’s 30th and 31st editions and fine publications including Covey Rise, Outside Magazine, Sunset Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine.
As curator for this Photography Day, Taylor will share his expertise in a variety of
technical areas including equipment choice, and managing distance, light and subject movement.
This event will take place on the Monday following SEWE,from 8:30am to 11:30am and advance registration is required. Tickets are $45 per photographer and can be purchased online or by calling the Center’s office at 843.971.7474.
Member Rate
$36 per photographer
$12 per observer
Non-Member Rate
$45 per photographer
$15 per observer

Reminder: First SIB Meeting Wed 1/20/16 7:00 pm

Do you have a passion for birds and/or an interest in learning more about the incredible variety of birds that inhabit Seabrook Island throughout the year?  If so, there is a new organization being created just for you.  It’s the Seabrook Island Birders (SIB).

You don’t need to be an accomplished birder to join.  In fact, simply loving to see birds at your backyard feeder is enough.  On the other hand, SIB will provide a place for experienced birders to notify others of unusual sightings and additional time-sensitive information.

SIB will have its inaugural meeting and membership sign-up January 20th in the Lake House Live Oak Room at 7:00PM.

  • Membership Registration & Social Time
  • Guest Speaker:  Christina Fifer, Wild Birds Unlimited – Attracting birds to your yard and bird feeders
  • SIB Communications, Website Tour of Blog, Calendar & Birding Resources
  • Announcements & Upcoming Events
  • Door Prize Giveaways

PLEASE JOIN US ON JANUARY 20th for a fun evening of learning about our feathered friends and about Seabrook Island’s new birders’ group – SIB.

For more information or if you are unable to attend the meeting but want to join:

  1. Visit our website and follow our Blog via e-mail by hitting the “Follow” button:  seabrookislandbirders.org 
  2. Follow us on Facebook by clicking this link then hit “Join Group”:  SI Birders on Facebook 
  3. Contact us at:  SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com
  4. Join SIB

    SIB membership ($10.00 annually) is restricted to residents and their renters but all programs and activities are open to everyone. Guests and visitors will be asked to make a small donation. SIB’s goal is to provide the opportunity to go on bird walks, participate in annual bird counts and learn about the many birds that frequent our island each season of the year.

    Send your name, address, email address with $10 to:

    Marcia Hider, 3145 Green Heron Ct., Seabrook Island, SC 29455

    OR

    Place it in her local mailbox.

     

Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) – Getting Ready to Take Flight

(as published in The Seabrooker, January 2016)

Do you have a passion for birds and/or an interest in learning more about the incredible variety of birds that inhabit Seabrook Island throughout the year?  If so, there is a new organization being created just for you.  It’s the Seabrook Island Birders (SIB).

You don’t need to be an accomplished birder to join.  In fact, simply loving to see birds at your backyard feeder is enough.  On the other hand, SIB will provide a place for experienced birders to notify others of unusual sightings and additional time-sensitive information.

SIB will have its inaugural meeting and membership sign-up January 20th in the Lake House Live Oak Room at 7:00PM.  Christine Fifer (Wild Birds Unlimited) will talk about attracting birds to your yard and bird feeders.  She will have different kinds of feeders available and explain why one or the other is used.  She has also generously offered to bring seed samples for SIB members.

Then, Seabrook residents Nancy Brown and Flo Foley, SIB’s technical gurus, will provide a tour of the new SIB website (seabrookislandbirders.org), Facebook account and blog that will be available for members to use.  They will show how to access the SIB calendar and how to post birding information that members feel they would like to share with others.

Finally, in celebration of our new club, there will be a raffle with several bird-oriented gifts as prizes.  Members will receive raffle tickets when they join.

This will be the first of four meetings annually.  The general format will consist of a short social time preceding the meeting, a guest speaker and then announcements concerning Island birds and up-coming birding activities.

SIB membership ($10.00 annually) is restricted to residents and their renters but all programs and activities are open to everyone. Guests and visitors will be asked to make a small donation.  SIB’s goal is to provide the opportunity to go on bird walks, participate in annual bird counts and learn about the many birds that frequent our island each season of the year. The Seabrook Island Bluebird Society (SIBS) and its Bluebird Trails will be an important and integral component of SIB.

PLEASE JOIN US ON JANUARY 20th for a fun evening of learning about our feathered friends and about Seabrook Island’s new birders’ group – SIB.

JOIN SIB TODAY – Send your name, address, email address with $10 to Marcia Hider, 3145 Green Heron Ct. Seabrook Island, SC 29455 or put it in her local mailbox.  You may also join at the January 20th meeting.

Charles Moore, Seabrook Island Birders Organization Committee