Join SIB for Beyond our Backyard – Biking & Birding the Greenway

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Grab your bike and join us as we bike the West Ashley Greenway! This trail stretches about 8 miles from Johns Island to the South Windermere Shopping Center on Folly Road (parking available at either end). The trail is open from dawn to dusk. It’s 100 feet wide and mostly hard-parked dirt and some asphalt. Plus, the trail is flat so it’s great for beginning bikers and kids. For the most part, the trail runs parallel to U.S. Highway 17 past neighborhoods, parks and marshes so there’s plenty to see.

On Johns Island, the dirt gives way to rough gravel and narrow bridge crossings (beach/mountain bikes are better than road bikes on this section). Here the broad wetlands flank the trail, presenting magnificent views and rewarding bird sightings. If your timing is right, you may catch sight of the tidal flow that carved these lacework channels. The agricultural heart of the region, Johns Island is the nation’s largest producer of tomatoes. In fact, much of the fresh produce served in local restaurants hails from this rural community.

The map of this Rails-to-Trails site can be found here: https://www.traillink.com/viewtrailmap/?tr=west-ashley-greenway

Join some of the SIB Executive Committee Members for this biking & birding trip at the West Ashley Greenway. We plan to start at the Main Road end of the Greenway and bike (with many stops to bird) to Three Little Birds Cafe for where we will each treat ourselves to brunch. Our return trip will likely be quicker but birding will still occur. We hope to see shorebirds like egrets, herons and Roseate Spoonbills in the tidal marsh areas. We will listen for passerines hoping to catch a glimpse of those heading south for the winter. And birds of prey are common to see flying overhead. Be sure to bring binoculars, camera, hats, sunscreen, bug repellant, snacks and water.

SIB Birders biking Greenway – Melanie Jerome

Saturday, November 16, 2019 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Beyond our Backyard – Biking & Birding the Greenway
Location: Meet at Parking area for West Ashley Greenway (McLeod Mill Rd. nr. Main Rd./SR S 10-20)
Max: 12
Cost None for members; $5 donation for guests

If you are not yet a 2019 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website or we request a $5 donation to SIB.

Once you are a member, please register no later than Thursday November 14 , 2019. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the day prior the event.

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact us by sending an email to: SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com

Birding on Ocean Winds Golf Course

Pied-billed Grebe swimming in the pond along the 6th hole – Dean Morr

Twenty-two SIB members joined us to bird Ocean Winds Golf Course while it was closed on Monday, November 4, 2019. What a beautiful day with temperatures in the 60’s and a brisk wind. We split the group with five golf carts working the course starting on the 18th hole and the second group of six golf carts starting from the 1st hole. Interestingly, we might have done slightly better had we started earlier since DST ended just the day prior, but we still saw or heard a total of 33 species! And of course we saw alligators, turtles and butterflies! A day full of the natural beauty that brought so many of us to Seabrook Island!

Birding on the golf course is a great way to bird, especially if you find it difficult to walk far, as we ride the course in golf carts. Be sure to sign up for our next birding on the golf course on Monday December 2 from 9:00 – 11:30 am when we bird on Crooked Oaks.

Sadly, one of the golf rangers stopped us to show a bird recently deceased. It had flown up just in front of his golf cart. Turns out it was an immature Pine Warbler. Just another example of how birds are threatened.

Be sure to see the full list of birds seen and photos taken by Dean Morr and Marie Wardell! (click below)

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SIB’s Photos from Bear Island & Donnelly WMA’s

Eastern Meadowlark – Bear Island – Charley Moore

On Saturday, October 26, eleven members of SIB traveled to Bear Island & Donnelly WMA’s for our annual fall trip. As you may know, Bear Island is closed from November 1 until the beginning of February to allow hunters access. We arrived in time for sunrise and spent seven hours birding! We even saw a couple mammals (white-tailed deer & nine-banded armadillo) and reptiles (alligators & eastern diamondback rattlesnake).

In total we saw 60 species of birds (including Rock Pigeons on the way home!) It may not have been our highest count of bird species, but it sure was a beautiful (but buggy!) fall day!

We hope you will enjoy the photos our members took during the trip and the complete list of birds by clicking on the “more” button.

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Join SIB for Wings and Wine

Wings & Wine

Join us for our 1st Annual Wings & Wine Backyard Birding. Joleen Ardaiolo and Lee Hurd have graciously volunteered to open up their beautiful backyards and let us come birding. We will start at Joleen’s house with a window view of her great bird feeding system. There is a large variety of different seeds that attract multiple species of birds.

We then will walk over to Lee Hurd’s garden. It is 2 houses down from Joleen, and we can bird along the way. If you have not had the pleasure of visiting Lee’s garden, you will love this peacefully large garden with benches to sit on by the lagoon. The birds love it.

We are planning on wine at the last stop! Crackers,cheese and mixed nuts provided also!

Date: Novemeber 10, 2019 , 2:00pm – 5:00pm–(estimated 3:30pm to the 2nd stop, if you want to meet us there)
Title: Wings & Wine
Location: Joleen (2182 Loblolly) and Lee (2116 Loblolly)
Max: 10
Cost: Free members; $5 donation for guests

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars, hats and sunscreen. Water will be provided.

If you are not yet a 2019 SIB member, you must first become a member for only $10 by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/ or we request a $5 donation to SIB.

Once you are a member, please register no later than Friday November 8, 2019. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday November 9th.

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact us by sending an email to: SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com

Final Reminder: Sign up today for SIB for Bird Bingo & Game Night!

Event: Annual Bird Bingo & Game Night
Date: Friday November 8, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm Registration & Social
6:00 pm Program Starts
Location: Live Oak Hall, Lake House, Seabrook Island, SC
Max: 80
Cost: FREE for members; $5 for guests – Join SIB for $10 and the event is Free!

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Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) invites members and guests to join us to celebrate our 4th Anniversary at our “Annual Bird Bingo & Game Night.” We will socialize as we eat, drink and be merry playing Bingo and trivia games during a fun-for-all evening!

SIB will provide beverages including wine, water and coffee. Otherwise you can BYOB and we’ll provide ice and cups. SIB’s Executive Committee will also provide an entree with sides, we just ask all participants to sign up to bring either a heavy hors d’oeuvre or dessert. RSVP below no later than November 5, so we know how much food & wine to purchase and tables to set.

If you are already a member, we hope you will bring cash or a check book to renew your 2020 SIB membership for $10/person at the door. Not a member of SIB yet? Join that evening and your $10 membership will not expire until the end of 2020. Guests are welcome for a $5 donation.

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

RSVP TODAY!

**JUST ANNOUNCED** “The Bird Crisis” – Live Broadcast Event TONIGHT from The Cornell Lab

According to research published online in September by the journal Science, wild bird populations in the continental U.S. and Canada have declined by almost 30% since 1970. The study quantifies for the first time the total decline in bird populations in the continental U.S. and Canada, a loss of 2.9 billion breeding adult birds—with devastating losses among birds in every biome. 

Join Ken Rosenberg, who leads joint research initiatives by the Cornell Lab and American Bird Conservancy, to learn why these study results transcend the world of birds. 

Live Broadcast on November 4th, 7:30pm Eastern

To view this event, a free account will need to be created and viewers will need to be logged in to that account.

This event will be archived, and can be viewed any time after the broadcast date.

The Cornell Lab hosts seminars throughout the year, including our long-running Monday Night Seminar series, a tradition established decades ago by Lab founder Dr. Arthur Allen. Speakers include Cornell Lab staff, book authors, and distinguished scientists from around the world. Archived seminars can be viewed here. 

Learning Together on the Golf Course-Ocean Winds

Sign up today to bird Ocean Winds Golf Course!

The two groups meet to compare notes on sightings – Jackie Brooks

Monday, November 4, 2019 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Birding on Ocean Winds Golf Course
Location: Meet at Island House (Golf Course Parking Lot next to Spinnaker Beach Houses) for ride along the golf course in golf carts.
Max: 30
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

Each Monday one of the Golf Courses is closed, so join us for a morning of birding by RIDING in golf carts for at least 9-holes on Ocean Winds golf course. We expect to see a large variety of birds including Double-crested Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Bald Eagles and other birds of prey. We should also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals and some of the many warbler species. Even some fall migrants might be seen and possibly our wintering residents.

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars, hats and sunscreen. Water will be provided.

If you are not yet a 2019 SIB member, you must first become a member for only $10 by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. Or you may pay the Guest Fee of $5.

Please register no later than Friday November 1, 2019. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday November 2.