(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