The Charleston County Parks & Recreation organization offers many bird watching opportunities in the area throughout the year. Some you need to pre-register and others you can just show up! Read the information below to learn more about their programs. You will also find each of their events on our SIB calendar with the label “CCPR.”
One park in particular, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, is noted for its rich bird life. Located in Ravenel, Caw Caw is a birding hotspot for coastal South Carolina. Over 250 species of birds (Download the checklist now) have been seen among the many habitats on the Caw Caw property. Prothonotary warblers flash brilliant yellow in the cypress swamp during spring and summer months, just as swallow-tailed kites soar overhead. Former rice fields provide year-round feeding grounds for egrets, herons, and ibises. In addition, a variety of waterfowl make Caw Caw their home in the winter.
They offer early morning bird walks:
- Wednesdays and Saturdays
- 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- Caw Caw Interpretive Center located off Savannah Highway Rte 17 South
Join them on one of these regular bird walks through many distinct habitats that allow participants to view and discuss a variety of birds, butterflies, and other organisms. The cost is only $10 (or FREE for Gold Pass and Move IT! Pass members) and no pre-registration is required!
In addition to Caw Caw, the CCPRC offers regular bird walks at Folly Beach:
- Second Friday of each month
- Time and location varies
- Search and register for programs
Birding experts from CCPRC and the Audubon South Carolina explore Folly Beach in this partnership program. The walks start at either Folly Beach County Park or the entrance to Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve.
Finally, CCPR offers other bird walks at their property or other sites in the area. A fall migration walk will take place on Thursday, September 27, at the James Island County Park. You can learn more about this particular “Birding Jaunt” here.