Description: Saturday, February 4, 2023 7:30am – 4:00 pm (roundtrip from Seabrook Island)
Leave Seabrook Real Estate: 7:30 am
Hollings ACE Basin: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Lunch: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Bird Roxbury Park: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Location: Meet at Real Estate Parking lot at 7:30 am to carpool to Hollings ACE Basin
Cost: None for members; $10 donation for guests
The Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge is a 11,815-acre portion of the larger ACE Basin area, and the only portions that are federally protected. The wildlife refuge is divided into two units: the Edisto River unit and the Combahee River unit. We will be visiting the Edisto River unit which has portions closed in the winter to provide a safe resting area for the ducks during the hunt season. The ducks therefore may be at a distance. Although it was closed already when visited in November, 44 species were seen including Blue Winged Teals, Gadwalls and Shovelers. A pair of nesting American Eagles are on the nest at the facility in the area open. Expect to walk approximately 3 miles on flat terrain. There are restrooms on the property but whether they will be open or not is unknown as the drive closer to the restrooms is closed on weekends.
You may pack a lunch to eat at either Hollings ACE Basin or Roxbury Park or you can join the group eating at Roxbury Mercantile (http://roxburymercantile.com/). This previous country store now has both inside and outside dining offering “Lowcountry cuisine”.
In the afternoon, we will make the short trip to from Roxbury Mercantile to Roxbury Park. Roxbury Park is owned and managed by the Town of Meggett, SC. What makes Roxbury Park such a special place is the diversity of it’s ecosystem. Visitors to the park can see and experience eight distinctively unique habitats that attract and support an amazing variety of wildlife. The park is open year round but only on Saturday and Sunday. There is a portable restroom located in the parking area.
Participants may opt only the morning at Hollings ACE Basin or both. If you wish to only do Hollings ACE Basin, we ask you just let us know and provide your own transportation.
Be sure to bring binoculars, camera, hats, sunscreen, bug repellant, snacks and water.
If you are not yet a 2023 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/ or we request a $10 donation to SIB.
Once you are a member, register no later than Thursday February 2, 2023. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the day prior the event.