2017 SIB Year End Review

The second year for the Seabrook Island Birders was a busy year. The organization grew to 248 members. There were 5 “quarterly” evening events with an average of 87 attendees.

  • February 22 Patrick McMillan: Lives and Biology of Hummingbirds
  • April 26 Rudy Mancke: The Natural History of Barrier Islands
  • June 28 Felicia Sanders: Migratory Shorebirds at Seabrook Island
  • September 27 Sidney Gauthreaux: New Ways to Study Bird Migration
  • November 30 Year End Review / Game Night

During the past year, 85 SIB members participated in one or more of the  39 activities during which 170 unique species were seen .

  • Shorebird Training focusing on Red Knot was our most attended activity
  • 8 Backyard Birding activities at members’ homes
  • 6 activities at Camp St. Christopher supporting their outreach program
  • 81 species seen at Bear Island was biggest day
  • 39 species seen on North Beach on March 29
  • Participated in “global” activities
    • Christmas Bird Count on January 4, 2017
    • Great Backyard Bird Count on February 17-20, 2017
    • Global Big Day on May 13, 2017
    • Red Knot banding with Department of Natural Resources
    • Marsh Sparrow banding with Aaron Given
    • Hawk Watch at Center of Birds of Prey
  • SIB now has its own eBird account to track species seen

During these activities, an estimated 1,800 Red Knots was the most of one species seen in a given day. The top five most frequently seen species were:

#5 – Great Egret (27)
#4 – Tufted Titmouse (33)
#3 – Northern Cardinal (35)
#2 – Carolina Chickadee (36)
#1 – American Crow (44)

Four members “competed” to identify the most species on Seabrook Island in 2017. A total of 201 species were identified with David Gardner leading with 194 unique species.

All of this was communicated to our members via various means:

A thank-you goes out to the 2017 Executive Committee of:

  • Nancy Brown
  • Flo Foley
  • George Haskins
  • Carl Helms
  • Dori Helms
  • Marcia Hider
  • Melanie Jerome
  • Ed Konrad
  • Donna Lawrence
  • Lydia McDonald
  • Charley Moore
  • Dean Morr
  • Judy Morr
  • Charles Russo

Welcome to the new Executive Committee for 2018:

  • Nancy Brown
  • Tom Fox
  • David Gardner
  • George Haskins
  • Carl Helms
  • Dori Helms
  • Melanie Jerome
  • Ed Konrad
  • Charley Moore
  • Dean Morr
  • Judy Morr
  • Janis Skeffington
  • Carl Voelker

A full report of our 2017 activities can be seen by launching this document: Seabrook Island Birders – EOY 2017.  We have some great events planned for 2018! We hope you will continue to support SIB by joining and participating in our events during 2018!

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Author: sibirders

SEABROOK ISLAND BIRDERS / “watching, learning, protecting” Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) are residents, renters and guests of Seabrook Island, SC who have an interest in learning, protecting and providing for the well-being of the incredible variety of birds that inhabit Seabrook Island throughout the year.

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