Join SIB: Birding Beyond our Backyard at Congaree National Park

Friday,  April 14, 2023 6:30am– 4:00 pm
Trip to Bluff Unit National Wildlife Refuge
Location:  Meet at SI Real Estate Office to Carpool at 6:30 am
                  (Meet at Harry Hampton Visitor Center, Congaree Park  9:00am, the Visitor Center)
Max: 12             
Cost:  free to members, $10 per guest (Park web site indicates there are no entrance fees)

Congaree National Park is spread across 26,276 acres of central South Carolina land, located 18 miles southeast of Columbia. The park forms the largest expanse of intact old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States and has incredible biodiversity.  The park’s river-floodplain ecosystem is lined by lakes, creeks, and swamps, providing wildlife with adequate food and shelter. Congaree National Park is a recognized Important Bird Area (IBA).  76 species were identified there in April 2022.  eBird shows “high frequency” if mid-April of Prothonotary Warblers, Hooded Warblers, Black-throated Blue Warblers and the arrival of Summer Tanagers.  A personal visit in April 2021 also included a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a Worm-eating Warbler in our list.

Expect 3 to 4 miles walk over flat terrain with some being on boardwalks over the swamps.  Bring plenty to drink, sunscreen and bug spray. Our 2021 visit found limited lunch options so a packed lunch is recommended.

If you are not yet a 2023 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: You may bring the form and your dues to the event. Or you may pay the Guest Fee of $10.

Once you are a member, please register no later than April 12, 2023.  All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the day prior the event.  

Author: sibirders

SEABROOK ISLAND BIRDERS / “watching, learning, protecting” Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) are residents, renters and guests of Seabrook Island, SC who have an interest in learning, protecting and providing for the well-being of the incredible variety of birds that inhabit Seabrook Island throughout the year.

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