Tuesday, Jan. 31 9:00 am– 4:00 pm
Trip to Nemours Plantation and Bailey Road Tidal Impoundments
Location: Meet at SI Real Estate Office to Carpool at 7:00 am
Meet at Food Lion, Hwy 17 in Ravenel at 7:45 am to carpool to Nemours Plantation
Cost: free to members, $10 per guest; donation to Nemours Wildlife Foundation suggested
Guided birding tour at Nemours Plantation followed by picnic lunch & afternoon side trip to eBird hotspot Bailey Tidal Impoundment with possible visit to the Old Sheldon Church ruins.
Important Note: All participants must sign the liability waiver prior to entering the Nemours Property. We will have the waiver form available for signing at our carpool meet-up locations .
Join SIB for a guided tour of Nemours Plantation followed by a picnic lunch andthen afternoon birding at the close-by eBird hotspot, the Bailey Road TidalImpoundments. The Nemours Plantation is a 10,000+ acre site in the ACE River Basin owned and managed by the Nemours Wildlife Foundation. We will ride in an open trailer through rich, diverse habitats consisting of remnant rice fields, brackish and fresh water marshes, upland and bottomland hardwood forests, pine forests, and cypress & tupelo forests. We hope to see waterfowl, wading birds and shorebirds along with sparrows, wintering warblers, woodpeckers and other passerines. The Nemours Foundation has become an important center for conservation research and environmental education. We will learn more about how they achieve this mission during our guided birding tour. After visiting Nemours, we will eat a picnic lunch. Following lunch, we will bird the nearby eBird hotspot Bailey Road Tidal Impoundments where we hope to find a variety of waders, shorebirds, terns and gulls. Here you can bird from the roadside or the dikes overlooking the tidal flats. Uneven ground and some muddy conditions are possible here. TheOld Sheldon Church ruins are quite close and are worth a quick look for those interested.
As always, bring your binoculars/cameras/scopes, bird guides, hats, sunscreen and bug spray. Bring plenty to drink & a picnic lunch. If you wish to leave after visiting Nemours Plantation, plan your carpooling accordingly. Restroom facilities will be available at Nemours. We ask that you wear a mask when unable to social distance if you are not vaccinated.
If you are not yet a 2023 SIB member, you must first become a member for only $15 by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. You may bring the form and your dues to the event. Or you may pay the Guest Fee of $10.
Please register no later than January 29. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on January 30. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.