Loons of Mount Desert Island, Maine

Common Loon and chick, taken by Nancy Brown, Maine, summer of 2014

For me, summer normally means traveling to Maine to see family, friends and nature! Growing up, one of my most favorite birds to hear and see was the Common Loon. The sound of a Common Loon can instantly transport me to a lake in Maine. Although I won’t be visiting Maine this summer, I surely enjoyed this video, created by the Laman Family during the pandemic summer of 2020 and published by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, about Common Loon families of Mount Desert Island, Maine.

Experience a loon hatchling take to the water for the first time (@1:55), an adult male yodel (@2:35) and loon parents feeding their young (@5:23). While I won’t see the Common Loon this summer, I look forward to our winter here on Seabrook Island, SC, where I can often see them in the ocean just off the shore of our beach.

Learn more about the Common Loon here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Loon/overview

Submitted by: Nancy Brown

“Discovery on Deveaux Bank!” – SIB’s July The Seabrooker

In case you don’t receive it, or haven’t had a chance to read it yet, we hope you will enjoy The Seabrooker’s July 2021 page 14. Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) contributed a full page. The story this month:

  • Enormous Whimbrel Flock Discovered on Deveaux Bank!Learn about the the incredible discovery of nearly 20,000 migrating shorebirds on this beautiful estuarine island seen off the coast of Seabrook Island.

Thanks to Judy Morr and Joleen Ardaiolo for editing the SCDNR press release published on June 15, 2021, and to photographer Ed Konrad for sharing his photos of Whimbrel taken on Seabrook Island and serving as our graphic designer of the page.

If you have not yet watched the video about this spectacle produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, take ten minutes to watch it now!

And don’t forget, to learn more about SIB’s Shorebird Steward Program, open up this QR code (this Quick Response code is a bar code which will open a webpage when a phone camera is focused on it.)

Free Webinar featuring Scientific Illustrator Liz Clayton Fuller

Photo by Liz Clayton Fuller
In the Studio with Scientific Illustrator Liz Clayton Fuller
July 9, 12:00–1:00 p.m. Eastern 

Join a virtual visit to the studio of Liz Clayton Fuller, a friend of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a professional artist. Liz is known for her ornithological illustrations along with her sketchbook-style studies of bird species. Spend an hour with Liz as she works in her sketchbook and talks about her process—from concept, to sketch, and finally to painted work. This free webinar features audience Q&A. Whether you’re simply curious about the artistic process, a fan of Liz’s work, or a master artist yourself, sit back and enjoy watching how Liz works

Register For Virtual Studio Session

“Oh, Baby!” – SIB’s June The Seabrooker

In case you don’t receive it, or haven’t had a chance to read it yet, we hope you will enjoy The Seabrooker’s June 2021 page 14. Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) contributed a full page. The stories this month feature:

  • Oh, Baby! Birds you can expect to see nesting on Seabrook Island this Spring.
  • Deveaux Bank – Seabrook’s Wondrous Neighbor!Learn about the beautiful estuarine island seen off the coast of Seabrook Island.

Thanks to authors Aija Konrad & Judy Morr along with photographer Ed Konrad for their contributions this month. Ed also serves as our graphic designer!

And don’t forget, to learn more about SIB’s Shorebird Steward Program, open up this QR code (this Quick Response code is a bar code which will open a webpage when a phone camera is focused on it.)

SIB’s June Movie Matinee

Movie Matinees

Movie Matinee | The Spinal Column

As we continue to social distance, Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) has scheduled a “Virtual Movie Matinee” series using Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month.

If you would like to join us for a Seabrook Island Birder’s “Virtual Movie Matinees” you must REGISTER to attend. Then we will email you the Zoom link the day prior to the event. We will open each event with introductions and a little social time, watch the  show together (generally an hour), and finish with a short discussion to get your feedback and answer questions. Sign up  then plan to get comfy in your favorite chair with snacks and beverages of your choice to enjoy our gathering!

June Movie – Register Here

Tuesday June 8, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Big Birds Can’t Fly

Big Birds Can't Fly | School Library JournalIt may seem strange that among the more than 10,000 bird species in the world today is a group that literally cannot fly or sing, and whose wings are more fluff than feather. These are the ratites: the ostrich, emu, rhea, kiwi and cassowary. How and why these birds abandoned flight has puzzled scientists since Darwin’s time, but DNA and dedicated research are helping to solve these mysteries.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jun 8, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocuusqjwsG9N1kg2Dn0TQArH1Qe8NTVX9

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Watch the trailer here.

 
Tuesday July 13, 2021 4:00 – 5:00 pm – David Allen Sibley, “What It’s Like to Be a Bird”

Listen to “How Do We Know that Birds are in Trouble?”

Bring Birds Back is here! Listen to the series premiere on BirdNote’s website or through your favorite podcast app.

Bring Birds Back is BirdNote’s new podcast about the joy of birds and the ways that humans can help them through simple, everyday actions. In the inaugural episode, host Tenijah Hamilton gets to know biostatistician Dr. Adam Smith, coauthor of the study that found we’ve lost 3 billion birds in North America since 1970. The good news? There are lots of ways to help.

Look at The Seabrooker’s May “Centerfold?”

The Seabrooker, May 2021, Page 8

In case you don’t receive it, or haven’t had a chance to read it yet, we hope you will enjoy The Seabrooker’s May 2021 page 8. Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) contributed a full page on the left side of the centerfold! The stories this month feature:

  • Welcome Back! Birds you can expect to see on Seabrook Island this Spring/Summer.
  • North Beach Spring – Shorebirds & Stewards! An update on our Shorebird Steward Program
  • SIB’s Shorebird Steward Program including a QR code (this Quick Response code is a bar code which will open a webpage when a phone camera is focused on it.)

Thanks again to authors Bob Mercer & Aija Konrad along with photographers Bob Mercer and Ed Konrad for their contributions this month. Ed also serves as our graphic designer!

SIB’s May Movie Matinee

Movie Matinees

Movie Matinee | The Spinal Column
As we continue to social distance, Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) has scheduled a “Virtual Movie Matinee” series using Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month. If you would like to join us for a Seabrook Island Birder’s “Virtual Movie Matinees” you must REGISTER to attend. Then we will email you the Zoom link the day prior to the event. We will open each event with introductions and a little social time, watch the  show together (generally an hour), and finish with a short discussion to get your feedback and answer questions. Sign up  then plan to get comfy in your favorite chair with snacks and beverages of your choice to enjoy our gathering!

May Movie – Register Here

Tuesday May 11, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:00 pm My Life as a Turkey

image-1After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed. Hutto, possessing a broad background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother. Deep in the wilds of Florida’s Flatlands, Hutto spent each day living as a turkey mother, taking on the full-time job of raising sixteen turkey chicks. Hutto dutifully cared for his family around the clock, roosting with them, taking them foraging, and immersing himself in their world. In the process, they revealed their charming curiosity and surprising intellect. There was little he could teach them that they did not already know, but he showed them the lay of the land and protected them from the dangers of the forest as best he could. In return, they taught him how to see the world through their eyes. Based on his true story, My Life as a Turkey chronicles Hutto’s remarkable and moving experience of raising a group of wild turkey hatchlings to adulthood. You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: May 11, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsc-uoqDMuEtL9T_Ixhsyo7dolyjYKbkLI After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Watch the trailer here.
Tuesday June 8, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:00 pm – Big Birds Can’t Fly Tuesday July 13, 2021 4:00 – 5:00 pm – David Allen Sibley, “What It’s Like to Be a Bird”

Watch the Replay: Winged Wonders – The Phenomenon of Bird Migration

This past Wednesday April 21, 2021, nearly 70 Seabrook Island Birder (SIB) members joined us to hear our good friend, Matt Johnson, Center Director at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest, present “Winged Wonders-The Phenomenon of Bird Migration.

If you missed the program, watch it today on YouTube!

To learn more about Audubon South Carolina, we encourage you to visit their FacebookTwitter, and Instagram as well as their website .

To sign up for their eBlasts:
https://act.audubon.org/a/stay-updated-beidler-forest

To support the work done by Audubon SC, visit:
https://act.audubon.org/a/%20support-beidler-forest-audubon-center-and-sanctuary

Reminder: Winged Wonders – The Phenomenon of Bird Migration

Last chance to sign up for SIB’s April evening program!

Spring is one of the most exciting times of the year for birdwatching in SC, when many species of birds travel through on their journey north to breed. Ever wonder where the amazing birds we see at Seabrook and across SC have been all winter, and where they’re headed next? And how do our feathered friends make these amazingly long flights during migration?

Please join us, April 21st at 7 pm for our “Winged Wonders-The Phenomenon of Bird Migration. SIB’s good friend, Matt Johnson, Center Director at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest, will be our speaker.

Matt has advised us that as you join us for his discussion, these birds will literally be on the move above our heads as they migrate north!

REGISTER TODAY

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Apr 21, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwucOirrzgqEtd_LLLQm6YjSf0hl3xDMvc- 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About our Speaker:

Matt Johnson is the Center Director at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary at the Francis Beidler Forest. A native of South Carolina, Matt grew up in Columbia and attended Clemson University from 2003-2009. He first started working for Audubon South Carolina in 2013 as the Education Manager at Beidler Forest. After spending a few years in a statewide position for Audubon, Matt has returned to the swamp at Beidler to be the Center Director. Matt particularly enjoys leading programs and conducting bird research, especially Audubon’s work with Prothonotary Warblers. When not working, Matt enjoys birding, hiking, and spending time with family.

To learn more about Audubon South Carolina, we encourage you to visit their FacebookTwitter, and Instagram as well as their website .