Register for the WAITLIST – Center of Birds of Prey on January 22, 2020!

Register TODAY for the Waitlist!

Back by popular demand, please join us for an exciting and informative evening with the Center of Birds of Prey! You will have the opportunity to see wild birds of prey up close and personal during this demonstration. Be sure to bring your cameras!

Date: Wednesday January 22, 2020
Registration & Social: 7:00 pm
Program Starts:  7:30 pm
Location:  Live Oak Hall at the Lake House on Seabrook Island
Fee:  Members $5 and Guests $10

The room can accommodate 140 people and we currently have close to that number signed up. If you are interested and have not yet signed up, we encourage you to sign up for the WAITLIST no later than noon on Tuesday January 21, and we will confirm by Wednesday noon if we have space.  

SIB will provide beverages including wine and coffee.  Many volunteers will be bringing sweet and savory snacks.

For only $10, you may join or renew your 2020 SIB membership the night of the event.

Don’t miss this chance to have another fun filled evening with our flock of Seabrook Island Birders!

Please mark these 2020 SIB Evening Programs on your calendar !

We don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun in 2020, so be sure to put these dates on your calendar! All events will be held in the Live Oak Hall at the Lake House with registration starting at 7:00 pm *.

  • Wednesday January 22 – Center for Birds of Prey
  • Wednesday March 25 – Benjamin Clock – Shorebirds
  • Wednesday May 27 – TBA
  • Wednesday September 23 – TBA
  • Friday November 13 – Annual Bird Bingo and Game Night (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

Volunteers Needed: Marsh Sparrow Banding Schedule 2020

If you are looking for an exciting volunteer opportunity, you might want to consider assisting Aaron Given, Wildlife Biologist on Kiawah Island, with the 2020 Winter Marsh Sparrow Banding.

If interested, contact:
Aaron Given

agiven@kiawahisland.org
Wildlife Biologist
Town of Kiawah Island
4475 Betsy Kerrison Parkway
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
(843) 768-9166
www.kiawahislandbanding.blogspot.comwww.wildlifeatkiawah.com

Close-out Sale – Purchase a SIB T-Shirt for only $10

ORDER YOUR SEABROOK ISLAND BIRDERS T-SHIRT TODAY

ONLY 9 Remain!

SIB T-SHIRT ORDERS may be made today by emailing SIB and indicating the number, color and size. We will then make arrangements for payment and delivery.

These 100% cotton T-shirts (Anvil) are available in three remaining colors:

  • Silver:  1 small, 1 XXL
  • Spring Yellow:  1 medium, 1 XXL
  • Teal ice: 1 small, 2 large and 2 XL
  • Terracotta:  SOLD OUT 

The cost is only $15/shirt $10/shirt.

Any remaining SIB T-shirts will be available to purchase at our evening program this Wednesday, January 22, 2020. If you haven’t registered for this event, an evening with the Center for Birds of Prey, and plan to attend, please sign up ASAP! Space is limited.

Be in the Know – Subscribe To SIB’s Google Group Emails

Did you miss the bird walk on North Beach last Saturday morning?  It started with an email sent last Friday mid-day from Ed Konrad to “SeabrookIslandBirders@googlegroups.com” and resulted with 14 SIB members enjoying a great morning of birding the next day.

Would you like to communicate information about birding on Seabrook Island to others who may be interested? Would you like to receive these types of communications?

If so, you may want to join the other 45 members of SIB who are part of SIB’s “Google Group”. It’s easy! To sign up for SIB’s Google Groups – click here and then click on “Subscribe to this group”.

Once you are signed up, you will receive any notice sent to the SeabrookIslandBirders@googlegroups.com. This could include:

  • What birds are being seen in the area and where they are being seen
  • Spur-of-the-moment birding trips on and off island
  • Questions about wild birds, bird watching and other wildlife conservation issues

If you have information to share with the group, just send an email to: SeabrookIslandBirders@googlegroups.com

It’s that easy!!! Give us your feedback and join our communication network for Seabrook Island Birders!

North Beach – Ed Konrad

Seabrook Island Results from the 120th CBC

For the fifth year, Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Friday January 3rd, as part of the Sea Islands CBC. This was the 120th Christmas Bird Count since its creation in 1900.

Aija Konrad – CBC North Beach – Ed Konrad

The day started considerably mild with temperatures in the high 60’s, but strong winds and rain, fog and dropping temperatures later in the day slowed our birding. Eleven volunteers birded in “the field” at seven major “hot spots” on Seabrook Island:

  • North Beach
  • Camp St. Christopher
  • Palmetto Lake
  • Jenkins Point
  • SIPOA Maintenance Center
  • Equestrian Center
  • Bohicket Marina

Aija and Ed Konrad win the prize for the “Most Steps” in the day!

Aija’s steps – CBC North Beach

Eight additional volunteers birded their backyard feeders and/or in their neighborhood. Highlights included the Ruby-throated Hummingbird and an Orange-crowned Warbler!

A total of 98 different bird species accounting for more than 3,000 birds were sighted by our volunteers during more than 80 equivalent hours.

Three of our members were able to join Aaron Given at the Kiawah Town Office for the annual Sea Islands CBC Countdown. More than 150 species were documented in the 15 mile diameter circle which includes Seabrook Island.

Sea Islands CBC Team

We appreciate all the time and effort made by our 19 volunteers and hope even more will join us next year for this annual bird count!

Photos by: Ed Konrad, Dean Morr, Patricia Schaeffer & Nancy Brown

Learning Together at the Maintenance Center

Date: Saturday January 18,2020
2:00-4:30 pm
Title: Learning Together at the Maintenance Area
Location: Meet at SIPOA Garden Plots parking lot
Max: 30
Cost: Free members; $5 donation for guests (No guest fee required for Brew portion. Each person will pay for their own drink).

Description: By now the wintering birds have found their way back to Seabrook Island. We will tour around the ponds at the Water Treatment area, the gardens and possibly the horse pastures in search of wintering waterfowl, birds of prey and passerines.

Dress in layers, wear study shoes and bring sun block, bug spray, a hat, water and binoculars.

For Birding, if you are not yet a SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. Alternatively, you may pay a $5 guest fee.

Register by Thursday, January 16th.

Shorebird Migration Program Hosted by Kiawah Island Conservancy

Red Knots on North Beach – Ed Konrad

The Seabrook Island Birders would like to encourage anyone who is interested in shorebirds and shorebird migration to consider attending the program Shorebirds, the Worlds Greatest Travelers , hosted by the Kiawah Island Conservancy on February 27 at 3:00 PM. 

Nathan Senner will discuss shorebird migration along the South Carolina coast and how local conservation efforts can have big results. This timely program will be occurring just before our Red Knots will be making their way back to the Seabrook Island beaches. What a great way to gain some perspective on what their journey is like. 

The Kiawah Island Conservancy is graciously offering this free program at the Sandcastle on Kiawah Island. There are a limited number of tickets, however, so sign up soon to reserve your seat. You can link here to register – Kiawah Island Conservancy .

Also, consider signing up for the Conservancy’s newsletter, as their nonprofit organization offers many wonderful programs throughout the year.