If you attended either Felicia Sander’s presentation on Red Knots last June or last month’s Shore Bird evening program, you know Seabrook Island is an important stop over on Red Knots migration north. Each year, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) helps in the federally endangered species research by banding the birds as they migrate through our area. The new brochure developed in conjunction with the town, DNR, US Fish and Wildlife and Seabrook Island Birders gives more information.
Recently, Felicia reached out to SIB members alerting them of DNR’s plans to once again band on Seabrook Island if the Red Knots cooperated. The hope is to do this sometime the week of April 16. When DNR performs this activity, they need volunteers to assist in the process. The volunteers would be assigned tasks (and trained if needed) of preparing the area for capture of the Red Knots, educating fellow residents encountered during the process, actually “firing” the nets to capture the Red Knots then safely releasing them to holding tents, banding (and recording data) and then releasing the birds back to the beach.
If you are interested in assisting in the banding effort, please let us know by completing the attached form. By completing the form, you are not committing to the date since we are not sure when exactly it will be. This information will let us know to reach out to you when the date and time is known to finalize your ability to assist.
Thank-you for your assistance and cooperation in conducting research for this endangered species.