SIB Events in June

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SIB members and family visitors enjoyed learning about the birds that we see and hear on our golf courses – Andy Brown

SIB has three birding events planned for June and we hope you will consider joining us! Each one has minimal walking as we have two “Backyard Birding” events held at the home of a member and one birding event on the golf course using golf carts.

To learn more about each activity and to register, click on the links below:

June 2018

Also, join our SIB Google Group to receive an email about short-notice bird walks and interesting bird sightings! Last week a few of us took a bike ride to bird the West Ashley Greenway and saw 52 bird species!

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Don’t Miss Our Program on May 30th: “Birding Beyond Your Backyard”

Register Now! – It’s only two weeks away!

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Event: Birding Beyond Your Backyard
Date: Wednesday May 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm Registration & Social; 7:30 pm Program Starts
Location: Live Oak Hall, Lake House, Seabrook Island, SC
Max: 140
Cost: FREE for members; $5 for guests
Join SIB for $10 and the event is Free!

Register Now!

Seabrook Island Birders enjoy birding around Palmetto Lake, at Jenkins Point, on North Beach and in our own backyards. Sometimes we have grandkids visiting or want somewhere different to spend an enjoyable day birding but don’t know where to go nearby. Keith McCullough can give us some new ideas.

– What locations do other birders use?
– Is there a specific season best for that area?
– What birds would I have a chance to see?
– How accessible is the birding?
– It’s nature, should I be concerned about bugs during some seasons?
– Do I need a scope to see birds at that area?

Keith McCullough will discuss various “Hot Spots” in the Lowcountry. Keith brings unique experience in this area as he is the Nature Interpretation Coordinator for Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and regularly leads bird walks at various Charleston County Parks. In addition, he is the Lead Master Naturalist Instructor for Charleston region, the eBird Reviewer for SC Coast and Coastal Plain and a South Carolina Bird Records Committee Member. All this means he spends his days living in the various nature areas in the Lowcountry and is willing to share his knowledge with us.

Join SIB at the Lake House for another fun and informative evening.

To help us plan for the number of chairs, snacks and wine, please let us know you plan to attend by completing this easy registration form.

Register Now For “Birding Beyond Your Backyard” on May 30th!

Event: Birding Beyond Your Backyard
Date:
Wednesday May 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm Registration & Social; 7:30 pm Program Starts
Location: Live Oak Hall, Lake House, Seabrook Island, SC
Max: 140
Cost: FREE for members; $5 for guests
Join SIB for $10 and the event is Free!

Register Now!

Seabrook Island Birders enjoy birding around Palmetto Lake, at Jenkins Point, on North Beach and in our own backyards. Sometimes we have grandkids visiting or want somewhere different to spend an enjoyable day birding but don’t know where to go nearby. Keith McCullough can give us some new ideas.

– What locations do other birders use?
– Is there a specific season best for that area?
– What birds would I have a chance to see?
– How accessible is the birding?
– It’s nature, should I be concerned about bugs during some seasons?
– Do I need a scope to see birds at that area?

Keith McCullough will discuss various “Hot Spots” in the Lowcountry. Keith brings unique experience in this area as he is the Nature Interpretation Coordinator for Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and regularly leads bird walks at various Charleston County Parks. In addition, he is the Lead Master Naturalist Instructor for Charleston region, the eBird Reviewer for SC Coast and Coastal Plain and a South Carolina Bird Records Committee Member. All this means he spends his days living in the various nature areas in the Lowcountry and is willing to share his knowledge with us.

Join SIB at the Lake House for another fun and informative evening.

To help us plan for the number of chairs, snacks and wine, please let us know you plan to attend by completing this easy registration form.

SIB Celebrates Global Big Day May 5, 2018

(Artwork by Luke Seitz)

Hello Seabrook Island Birders,

It’s that time of year again! Global Big Day is this Saturday May 5th and we hope you will join us!

Last year’s Global Big Day featured more than 20,000 people across 162 countries, collectively reporting 6,637 species of birds—more than 60% of the world’s bird diversity. This May, you can be a part of the fun again. All you have to do is spend a few minutes birding, and eBird what you find.

If you are on Seabrook Island this Saturday, consider joining one or both of our planned events – sign up below:

And no matter where you plan to be on Saturday, here are three quick ways to have the most fun:

  1. “Scout” your birding spots for 5 May. Finding where the birds are ahead of time makes the big day birding more fun, and also gives you more chances to be out enjoying birds. Perfect. Learn how to use eBird to find birds. 
  2. Use eBird Mobile. eBird’s free data-entry app takes the time out of data entry, with tools like Quick Entry that mean you have less time with your face in a notebook and more time birding. Try eBird Mobile.
  3. Get a friend involved. Perhaps this is a good birding buddy, or someone who has never been birding before. Make it a friendly competition, or join forces as a Global Big Day team, and put your marker on the global participation map. Share on social media using #GlobalBigDay. Check out the Facebook event.

No matter what you do, have a great time, enjoy the birds around you, and let us know what you find! We’re excited to see what we can achieve together on Global Big Day!

Sign up for April Bird Walks with SIB

Meet new and “old” friends while learning about the birds of our island and the Lowcountry by joining us on a bird walk.  Walks are generally two hours in length with varying degrees of walking.  This month, our “walks” include birding on the deck of Carol King for a “Backyard Birding” of Cap’n Sam’s Inlet.  Next we have a walk around Palmetto Lake behind the Lake House and then the Horse Pastures in celebration of Earth Day (about 1 mile).  Finally, we will use golf carts to travel on Ocean Winds Golf Course so it is accessible for all!

We welcome birders of all levels!

To learn more about each activity and to register, click on the links below:

April 2018

Keep watch on our Calendar as we continue to add activities for our members!

Also, join our SIB Google Group to receive an email about short-notice bird walks and interesting bird sightings!

Events are free for members and $5 for guests. If you are not yet a 2018 SIB member, you may first become a member by following the instructions here.

Red Knots and Piping Plovers on North Beach!

Register for one or both of our great events this week!

Where Have All the Shorebirds Gone – Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 pm

SIB bird walk at North Beach with Aija & Ed –  Thursday, March 29, 8:30 am

SC DNR has reported seeing over 1000 Red Knots on Deveaux Bank, and the numbers are increasing as they migrate north. Ed and I recently spotted 300 Red Knots about 30 minutes after a high tide. They were feeding on the shore where it bends towards the end of North Beach, one of their favorite spots. A flock of knots was also on a sand bar. As the tide fell, they all moved to the sand bar. As we walked back, we spotted a smaller group of knots in a flock of Willets to the right of Boardwalk #1.

A few knots were beginning to turn reddish. Four had bands, two were readable, #512 and #1C1. In looking at our photos of banded Red Knots, we spotted 1C1 last February too! Per the website to report and track banded birds (bandedbirds.org), 1C1 has also been reported at Kiawah Island in 2012, and at Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet in 2015 and 2016.

Red Knots have one of the longest migrations of any bird, 18,000 miles round trip from the tip of South America to the Arctic where they breed. From March to early May, Seabrook Island is an important stopping point for them to feed and rest on their long journey north to breed. Last year we had estimated 5000 Red Knots on North Beach at their peak in late April. Knot population on the East Coast has declined 85% since 1980, and they are “Federally Threatened” under the US Endangered Species Act.

Red Knots, North Beach, April 2016 – Ed Konrad

Throughout the winter, we usually see Piping Plovers when birding on North Beach. They’re usually in small groups of two to five, feeding along the shore. Some are banded, and we report and send photos of these to biologists at the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program, and University of Minnesota Great Lakes Piping Plover Team, for their research.

We’ve had two recent banded Piping Plover sightings on North Beach that we reported. We learned that one was banded by researchers from State University of NY (SUNY) as a one-day old chick in June 2017, at North Brigantine Natural Area in New Jersey. Ed and I have spotted this Piping Plover twice: this February, and in August 2017 as was migrating south from the Atlantic area breeding grounds.

The second banded Piping Plover we’ve spotted three times: This February, and last November and February. Researchers tell us it was banded on Kiawah Island in 2012, and breeds on the coast of New Jersey. These little guys look to be making themselves right at home as they spend winters with us!

Piping Plovers breed at Great Lakes, Atlantic, and Great Plains areas from April to July. In late July they migrate to southern coasts and the Caribbean to winter until the next spring. Seabrook is an important wintering and migratory site, offering a quality foraging and roosting habitat important for adults to survive and return to their breeding sites. Populations and breeding habitats have drastically declined due to threats of development, people, dogs, predators, weather, and environment. Great Lakes area Piping Plovers are “Federally Endangered”, with only 76 breeding pairs recorded in 2017. Atlantic area Piping Plovers are “Federally and SC Threatened”.

So, look for, and please respect, these endangered and threatened birds that are our guests during their important migration and wintering on North Beach!

Remember our SIB March 28 event, “Where Have All the Shorebirds Gone?”, 7pm Registration & Social, program starts at 7:30pm. Live Oak Hall at the Lake House. Our guest speakers will be Melissa Chaplin, Endangered Species Biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, SC Field Office, and Janet Thibault, Wildlife Biologist with the South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources. If possible, please RSVP.

Ed and I will lead a SIB bird walk at North Beach to look for the Red Knots, Piping Plovers and other shorebirds on Thursday, March 29. We’ll meet in the Property Owners’ beach parking lot at 8:30am, about an hour after high tide. We’ll be walking to the inlet, and hopefully the knots will begin feeding as the tide falls. RSVP now!

Article by Aija Konrad, Photos by Ed Konrad

REMINDER: Register Now For “Where Have All the Shorebirds Gone?” on March 28th!

REMINDER: To help us plan for the number of chairs, snacks and wine, please let us know you plan to attend by completing this easy registration form.

Event: Where Have All the Shorebirds Gone?
Date: Wednesday March 28, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm Registration & Social; 7:30 pm Program Starts
Location: Live Oak Hall, Lake House, Seabrook Island, SC
Max: 140
Cost: FREE for members; $5 for guests
Join SIB for $10 and the event is Free!

Register Now!

Each year, thousands of shorebirds enjoy the beaches of Seabrook Island to rest and refuel as they migrate through or to spend a season living and even nesting on our dunes. And each year, the number of birds is decreasing. SIB is pleased to present a panel of experts to discuss questions such as:

  • What birds do we find on our beaches and when?
  • Which birds are of particular concern?
  • Why are birds banded?
  • What type of bird surveys are conducted on our beach and why?
  • What are the signs we see on the beach and why are they changed throughout the year?
  • What can Seabrook Island Residents do to help?

Panel members will include:

  • Melissa Chaplin, Endangered Species Biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, SC Field Office
  • Janet Thibault, Wildlife Biologist with the South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources

Join SIB at the Lake House for another fun and informative evening. To set the stage for the panel discussion, Aija and Ed Konrad will lead a brief Shorebird Identification Slide Show of the birds found on Seabrook Island. Be sure to bring your questions about shorebirds too! The program will conclude with the drawing of raffle tickets with several great prizes! Be sure to bring cash to buy the raffle tickets: $2/ticket or $5/3 tickets.