Kiawah Conservancy presents “Taking Wings”

Shorebirds are a beautiful part of our little part of paradise. Neighboring Kiawah Island recently focused an afternoon sharing more information about these diminishing creatures.

Six members of Seabrook Island Birders attended the Shorebird Symposium as presented by neighboring Kiawah Conservancy. The afternoon began with author Mary Alice Monroe giving a reading from her latest best seller Beach House for Rent. The program continued with a presentation by Kiawah Biologist Aaron Given about features used in identification of shorebirds.  Wildlife Biologist and Conservationist Larry Niles talked about Red Knots and their dependence upon Horseshoe Crabs and activities in the Delaware Bay area. After a brief intermission, a panel discussion featuring Melissa Chaplin of US Field and Wildlife, Aaron Given of Kiawah Island, Felicia Sanders and Janet Thibault of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Larry Niles discussed some of the challenges faced by our local shorebirds.

The symposium ended with the debut of Kiawah Conservancy’s latest video, Taking Wings, which features many of the shorebirds of our neighboring island and therefore ours as well.

In addition to watching that video, you can learn even more about shorebirds by reading the the recently published edition of Naturally Kiawah, which features shorebirds and includes pictures from Seabrook Island Birders member Ed Konrad.

Article submitted by:  Judy Morr