Join SIB: Beyond our Backyard: Bears Bluff Fish Hatchery

Friday, June 2, 2023 7:45 am – 11:00 am (Walk starts at Bears Bluff at 8:30a)
Location: Meet at SI Real Estate Office to Car Pool to Bears Bluff Fish Hatchery
(Google maps says 45 minute drive)
Bears Bluff Fish Hatchery: 7030 Bears Bluff Rd, Wadmalaw, South Carolina
Max: 15
Cost: Free to members, $10.00 for guests

Located on Wadmalaw Island, the Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery (BBNFH) has a self-guided tour our group will take around the perimeter of the 31 acre facility. We will not only see examples of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s natural habitat but also see work being accomplished by staff at BBNFH. We will walk across a previously impounded estuarine area which is naturally reverting back into coastal marshland as well as a freshwater pond where birds, turtles and alligators are often visible. Two boardwalks offer a unique perspective and will allow guests “to get in the marsh without getting dirty”. The self-guided tour offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the estuarine ecosystem while experiencing some of this area’s most breathtaking scenery. Opportunities abound for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Visit the Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery website to learn more about this location. A map of the site is below.

When we visited this location in June 2019, we saw 32 species. On a recent scouting visit, Jennifer Jerome reported 34 species including shorebirds, raptors, woodpeckers and songbirds. That visit didn’t include an Indigo Bunting or a Blue Grosbeak which Merlin heard but Jennifer couldn’t find.

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 Wednesday, May 31, 2023. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the day prior to the event.

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