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 .

Did you see who made the April “Centerfold?”

The Seabrooker, April 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 April 2021 page 8. Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) contributed a full page on the left side of the centerfold! The stories this month feature:

  • Spring Migration – Birds on the Move!
  • SIB’s Upcoming Zoom presentation by Audubon SC’s Matt Johnson on Wednesday April 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Register for this event today!
  • 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 to authors Bob Mercer & Aija Konrad along with photographer and graphic designer Ed Konrad for their contributions this month!

SIB’s April 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!

April Movie – Register Here

Tuesday April 13, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:00 pm Audubon

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Naturalist and 19th century painter, John James Audubon was one of the most remarkable men of early America. The program brings to life his timeless paintings with dazzling footage of the living birds he immortalized – and celebrates visually the natural world he described in his writings. Interviews reveal the man, explore his art, and put his groundbreaking work in modern perspective.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Apr 13, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIof-CvrjItHtzJjkh4opAaXmpujiAW3s9L
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Watch the trailer here!

Mark your Calendars for our Upcoming Movies

Tuesday May 11, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:00 pm – My Life as a Turkey Tuesday June 8, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:00 pm – Big Birds Can’t Fly

Winged Wonders – The Phenomenon of Bird Migration

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 .

Eagles of SC Webinar Hosted by Audubon SC

Audubon South Carolina Presents the Eagles of South Carolina, a conservation success story. 

During this virtual program we will explore the past and present conservation struggles of Bald Eagles in our state and the survey that has tracked their story for decades. Through extensive cooperation and partnerships, the Bald Eagle has recovered in South Carolina but remains the focus of conservation and the admiration of bird lovers across the state.

Join March 25th at 5:00pm and register today!
Bald Eagle. Photo credit: Robert Fink

SIB’s March Movie Matinee

Movie Matinees

Movie Matinee | The Spinal Column
It is a new year and we still need to social distance. Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) will schedule 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!

March Movie – Register Here

Tuesday March 9, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:00 pm Nature: Wingbeats to the Amazon

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is wingbeats.jpgFlourishing in the wilds of South America is a greater variety of birds than anywhere else on Earth. Like its people, the continents birds are unique and flamboyant. This superbly shot program, Wingbeats to the Amazon, captures the more colourful, majestic and bizarre of South America’s birds.

Replay of “Seabrook’s Amazing Shorebirds” and Volunteer to be a Steward

On Wednesday February 17, 2021, 80 members and friends of Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) were entertained by Janet Thibault, a Wildlife Biologist with SC DNR’s Seabird and Shorebird Program, as she educated us about the wonderful birds we can see right on our own beaches on Seabrook Island, SC. If you missed the program, you may view the replay below:

The shorebirds of Seabrook Island need your help! Many people do not appreciate how important our sanctuary is. The Shorebird Stewards Program asks you to be a volunteer to help educate people about the importance of our tiny piece of the world to the shorebirds that visit. This is not an enforcement effort, but an educational effort.

The 2021 Seabrook Island Birders Shorebird Steward Program Training session will be a Zoom meeting with Nolan Schillerstrom from Audubon South Carolina on Friday, February 26, at 1:00 – 3:30 pm. If you wish to join as a steward or just want more information, email us at sibstewards@gmail.com.

Final Reminder: “Seabrook’s Amazing Shorebirds” – Register for SIB’s Virtual Evening Program on February 17th

Seabrook Island Birder’s first Virtual Evening Program, “Seabrook’s Amazing Shorebirds,” featuring Janet Thibault from SCDNR, will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:15 pm, using Zoom video and audio. The cost is free, however, we encourage everyone to join SIB if you are not already a member.

To attend this virtual event, please register using the link below. We will email the secure Zoom link to you the day prior to the event.

“Seabrook’s Amazing Shorebirds” – Register for SIB’s Virtual Evening Program on February 17th

Seabrook Island Birder’s first Virtual Evening Program, “Seabrook’s Amazing Shorebirds,” featuring Janet Thibault from SCDNR, will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:15 pm, using Zoom video and audio. The cost is free, however, we encourage everyone to join SIB if you are not already a member.

To attend this virtual event, please register using the link below. We will email the secure Zoom link to you the day prior to the event.

Final Reminder: Register for “Hummingbirds: From Your Yard to Central America … and Back! “

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are likely the most common hummingbird species in the world, but there is much to be learned about their life history—especially with regard to what they do the six months of the year when they’re not at our feeders and flowers in the eastern U.S. Dr. Bill Hilton Jr., principal investigator for “Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project,” is the only scientist studying these hummers on the OTHER end of their migratory path in Central America. During his hour-long Zoom presentation, Dr. Hilton will share some of the exciting results of his 30-plus citizen science hummingbird expeditions to the Neotropics, followed by time for questions and answers about these amazing little birds that break all the rules.

Date: Wednesday December 2, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:15 PM

Location: Zoom Virtual Video
Fee: FREE

Meet the Speaker:

Dr. Bill Hilton Jr., Executive Director, Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, York, SC

DR. BILL HILTON JR. was twice named South Carolina Science Teacher of the Year and was honored as the state’s Outstanding Biology Teacher. In December 2008 Discover magazine cited him as one of “50 Best Brains in Science” and one of ten top amateur scientists in America. Based at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History in York SC, Dr. Hilton is an life-long educator-naturalist with a keen interest in all things in nature. An active field researcher, Hilton has banded more than 71,000 birds of 127 species during 39 years just at Hilton Pond. He is one of only about 200 people authorized to capture wild hummingbirds and has banded and released more than 6,600 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at the Center since 1984, with 3,000-plus captured elsewhere. He also investigates other aspects of natural history, from pollination to predation and ecological succession to environmental change.