Your Action Requested – Please Support TOSI Ordinance 2019-09 “Proposed Beach Rules for Pets”

Proposed Beach Rules for Pets Map, Seabrook Island, SC

As you may be aware, last winter the Town of Seabrook Island received a petition requesting that the Town Council consider proposed changes to the dates, times and locations upon which pets may be allowed “off-leash” on the beaches of Seabrook Island.

Over a period of six months, the Town Council carefully considered relevant information from a variety of sources, including Seabrook Island Birders (SIB).

The Executive Committee of SIB supports the Town Council’s belief the proposed amendments will “enhance protection of critical areas for migratory shorebirds and other wildlife, provide pet owners and their pets with great access to off-leash areas, provide beachgoers with a larger pet-free swimming area, and simplify the Town’s general requirements related to pets on the beach.”

To learn more about the process used by the Town of Seabrook Island to develop the proposed ordinance, please read the Tidelines article submitted by Mayor Ron Ciancio, Seabrook Island, on September 1, 2019.

The Town Council will present the proposed ordinance at the Seabrook Island Town Hall during a public hearing on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 1:00 pm. We hope many of you will be able to attend the meeting to support this ordinance. And, we hope ALL of our resident members will submit an online comment in support of the ordinance no later than Monday September 16 at 4:00 pm:

Click here to submit an online comment on Ordinance 2019-09

Thank you!

Sign up for our September 25th Program: “Backyard Birding on Seabrook Island”

We hope everyone has returned home to Seabrook following the excitement from Dorian last week. In case you missed this notice, we wanted to remind you to sign up for our next evening SIB event on September 25, 2019.

SIGN UP TODAY

Backyard birding is a hobby enjoyed by tens of millions of Americans. In fact, when the more serious birders are asked how they got involved in the hobby, nearly every one says it started by watching the birds in their yard as either a child or an adult. Here on Seabrook Island, we have the perfect habitat for birds to enjoy our yards and we want to make sure everyone who wants can enjoy this wonderful hobby! If you like, it can be done year round by people of all abilities!

During our program, we will talk about the various types of food and feeders loved by our common backyard birds on Seabrook Island. We will then help you identify these common birds, including showing photos of varying plumage, what time of year they reside on our island, what they eat, where they are commonly seen if not in your backyard and other interesting tidbits. At the end of the program, you may even decide you are ready become a citizen scientist and sign up to participate in Project FeederWatch, a program run by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada.

Date: Wednesday September 25, 2019

Registration & Social: 7:00 pm
Program Starts:  7:30 pm
Location:  Live Oak Hall at the Lake House on Seabrook Island
Fee:  Members $5 and Guests $10

SIB will provide beverages including wine and coffee.  We ask everyone to RSVP no later than September 23, 2019 so we will know how much wine to purchase and how many chairs to set up.

For only $10, you may join or renew your 2019 SIB membership the night of the event.

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

Learn how to join SIB 

Contact us if you have questions:   SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com

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, September 16, 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.

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 September 13, 2019. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday September 14th.

Join SIB for “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” – a Movie Matinee

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SIB will continue its movie matinees this fall on Monday, September 16, as we present “A Birder’s Guide to Everything,” a 2013 Independent film in the adventure/comedy/drama category, starring Ben Kingsley, Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros and directed by Rob Meyer. (90 minutes).

As described on Amazon: “David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he’s made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father’s remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. “

Interesting Fact: Kenn Kaufmann (AKA Birding Legend) was a consultant on the film and even makes an appearance during the movie.

Watch the trailer for “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” here: 

SIB will provide the popcorn and snacks! You can bring pillows to make the chairs more comfy and BYOB. Please sign up to join us for an afternoon at the movies!  

Monday September 16, 2019 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Location: Oystercatcher Community Center
Max: 30
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

Sign Up Today by clicking here.

Rescheduled: Join us for a Learning Together: Biking and Birding the Seabrook to Kiawah Bike Path

We were rained out Labor Day weekend so let’s try this again.

Grab your bike and join us as we bike and bird along the bike path from Seabrook Island’s Lake House through Freshfields to Mingo Point on Kiawah. The path is paved and borders wooded areas, marsh and fields. Mingo Point has bird feeders which always has a variety of birds including possibly some migrating warblers. It also has access to the Kiawah River for sitings of shorebirds.


Join SIB Executive Committee Members Melanie Jerome and Judy Morr for this biking & birding trip along the bike path. 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.

Saturday, September 14, 2019 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Learning Together – Biking & Birding the Seabrook Isand to Kiawah Bike Path
Location: Meet at Gate side Parking area for Lakehouse
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: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/ or we request a $5 donation to SIB.

Once you are a member, please register no later than Thursday September 12, 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

Join us September 25th for “Backyard Birding on Seabrook Island”

SIGN UP TODAY

Backyard birding is a hobby enjoyed by tens of millions of Americans. In fact, when the more serious birders are asked how they got involved in the hobby, nearly every one says it started by watching the birds in their yard as either a child or an adult. Here on Seabrook Island, we have the perfect habitat for birds to enjoy our yards and we want to make sure everyone who wants can enjoy this wonderful hobby! If you like, it can be done year round by people of all abilities!

During our program, we will talk about the various types of food and feeders loved by our common backyard birds on Seabrook Island. We will then help you identify these common birds, including showing photos of varying plumage, what time of year they reside on our island, what they eat, where they are commonly seen if not in your backyard and other interesting tidbits. At the end of the program, you may even decide you are ready become a citizen scientist and sign up to participate in Project FeederWatch, a program run by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada.

Date: Wednesday September 25, 2019

Registration & Social: 7:00 pm
Program Starts:  7:30 pm
Location:  Live Oak Hall at the Lake House on Seabrook Island
Fee:  Members Free and Guests $5

SIB will provide beverages including wine and coffee.  We ask everyone to RSVP no later than September 23, 2019 so we will know how much wine to purchase and how many chairs to set up.

For only $10, you may join or renew your 2019 SIB membership the night of the event.

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

Learn how to join SIB 

Contact us if you have questions:   SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com

Cancelled – Have you seen the roosting at Palmetto Lake?

Cancelled! Cancelled! Cancelled! Cancelled!

This impromptu activity has been cancelled due to lack of participation … by the birds. Members have stopped by the last two nights and report the birds are seen flying over but are no longer roosting by Palmetto Lake. We may reschedule for a different date if the birds decide to return.

If you have driven by Palmetto Lake recently at dusk, you probably have seen the hundreds of roosting white birds around Palmetto Lake. We know there are White Ibis, Great Egret and Snowy Egret. We decided to explore more.

What: Impromptu Bird Watch at Palmetto Lake

When: Tuesday August 27 at 6:30 pm

Where: Meet at gate end of Lakehouse Parking lot

No registration required for this impromptu activity. Just show up if you are interested. We are unsure how far we’ll travel around the lake….it depends upon where the birds are.

As always, bring your binoculars, bug spray, water and hat.

Hope to see you there.