Join SIB to Bird Ocean Winds Golf Course

Date: Monday October 19, 2020 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Activity: 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: 24 (If all seats in golf carts are used)
Cost: Free for members; $5 donation for guests

Seabrook Island Birders will host a birding on Ocean Winds golf course event on Monday, October 19, 2020 starting at 8:30 am and finishing around 10:30 am.

Ocean Winds golf course has reopened after major renovations, but is closed on some Mondays for normal maintenance. Seabrook Island Birders has obtained permission from Seabrook Island Club and the Golf Club Operations to take a group of members out on the course. We will RIDE in golf carts (1 4-person and 10 2-person carts) which can accommodate 13 – 24 people, based on the number of people who will share carts.

These are very popular events, so register TODAY if you would like to attend!

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. Maybe even some of our fall migrants!

To keep everyone safe, we will ask people to social distance and wear a face mask. When you register, if you are not joined by a family member, please let us know if you are open to riding with a non-family participant or if you prefer to be in a cart alone.

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

If you are not yet a 2020 SIB member, you must first become a member for only $10 by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. You may bring the form and your dues to the event. Or you may pay the Guest Fee of $5.

Please complete the information on the link below to register no later than Friday October 16, 2020. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday October 17, 2020. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.

Join SIB for Birding on October Big Day

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Saturday October 17, 2020 7:30am – 6:30 pm
October Big Day on Seabrook Island
Location: Various locations around Seabrook Island
Max: 10 Cost: No cost to members, $5 to non-members

Join us in participating in eBird’s October Big Day. The event will involve walks at various locations throughout the day. The schedule below allows for individuals to register for a portion of the day if the whole day is not of interest. We request you register for all sections you will be attending so we know if we should wait for you at any individual location.

We will limit attendance for each activity to 10 people in recognition of COVID recommendations. We will also ask masks be worn if social distancing cannot be maintained. Unfortunately, use of scopes will also be limited if at all.

We have added a “virtual” activity this year when people can bird in the comfort of their own homes and share their findings with the group.

Bird my backyard – Bird your own property for as long as you want, as many times as you want through-out the day. Keep a list and share your findings with SIB.

Camp St. Christopher – 7:30 am – 9:30 am (Sunrise 7:25am)
At this site we plan an active walk in search of migrating warblers and others through the various habitats on the property. Expect to walk at least 2 miles on wooded paths. Meet at Susannah’s House (rec center as you enter Camp). Although SIB is including this activity in our schedule, this is part of Camp St. Christopher’s Outdoor Encounter program so a $10 donation to Camp St. Christopher is requested.

North Beach – (High Tide 9:13 am) – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The group will walk the 2 miles to Captain Sam’s Inlet. (Tides permitting). Those unable to walk the entire distance may turn around at any time. The group will work together to identify those hard to distinguish plovers and sandpipers. The walk is scheduled around the falling tide when the birds will be consolidated on a narrower beach while avoiding the worst of the king tides. Meet at the Owners Beach Access Parking Lot at Boardwalk 1.

Jenkin’s Point – 1:00 – 2:30 PM
We will be exploring the birds seen along Jenkins Point lagoons and streets, including ducks, wading birds and shorebirds. We will go from location to location via car or bike. Since this event can be primarily by car, it is appropriate for members with mobility issues. Meet at Jenkins Point Ct, the street after the first pond on the left.

Equestrian Center / Maintenance Area – 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Starlings and Cowbirds plus numerous other birds can be expected. A large number of birds will likely be seen near the parking area but then a walk along the horse trail to the maintenance and garden area may be added to see a different variety of birds.

Palmetto Lake – 5:00 – 6:30 PM (Sunset 6:43 pm)
Join us to explore the birds around the Lake House and the walks of Palmetto Lake. This is less than one mile of flat, paved walk around the lake. Recently, White Ibis, Cattle Egret, Little Blue Herons and Snowy Egrets have come in to roost at dusk so we hope they continue to provide a show. Meet at the Lake House parking lot.

For all events, bring masks, sun block, bug spray, a hat, water, snacks and binoculars.

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

Once you are a member, please register to let us know which portions you plan to attend no later than Thursday, October 15, 2020. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Friday, October 16, 2020 .

Register for “River of Raptors: Identification and Migration of South Carolina’s Birds of Prey”

Many species of raptors make their home in South Carolina for at least part of the year, and even more pass through during their perilous diurnal seasonal migration. Join Audubon South Carolina’s Emily Davis and Jen Tyrrell to learn how to identify South Carolina raptor species as well as explore their migration habits, behavior, and conservation issues they face. 

Date: Wednesday October 21, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:15 PM

Location: Zoom Virtual Video
Fee: FREE

Meet the Speakers:

Jennifer McCarthey Tyrrell, Bird-Friendly Communities Coordinator

Jen is a Master Bird Bander and an expert in bird biology, with a B.S. from Coastal Carolina and a Master’s degree from the College of Charleston. Before joining Audubon, Jen worked with Wild Birds Unlimited and the Center for Birds of Prey. Today, Jen spreads the word about bird-friendly communities and the benefits of native plants, and also manages bird banding and Painted Bunting research

Emily Davis, Beidler Forest Center Manager

As an artist, data enthusiast, traveler and passionate birder, Emily brings a rich and unique perspective to her role as center manager for the Audubon Center and Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest. With an undergraduate degree in creative writing and fine arts from Kent State, her experiences have ranged from shadowing contemporary artists in New York City to having her own work auctioned off in support of warbler research and studies. Her background with groups such as the Avian Conservation Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, combined with her drive for continued education, will serve her well in her role with Audubon.

Register for SIB’s October Virtual Events

Seabrook Island Birders will be hosting three virtual events during the month of October using Zoom, including two Movie Matinees and an evening lecture program.

  1. Tuesday October 13, 4:00 – 5:15 PM: Movie Matinee – Earthflight – North America
  2. Wednesday October 21, 7:00 – 8:15 PM: River of Raptors: Identification and Migration of South Carolina’s Birds of Prey
  3. Tuesday October 27, 4:00 – 5:15 PM: Movie Matinee – Earthflight – Africa

Learn more and register below:

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Watch: “Birding the Lewis & Clark Trail”

Aija & Ed Konrad – Crater Lake

What happens when an avid birdwatcher and her photographer, who’s also a history buff, go on a 28-day road trip from Atlanta to the Oregon coast…tracing, birding, photographing the route of the Lewis and Clark 1803-1806 Corps of Discovery Expedition … 8,900 miles, 17 states, 269000 hotel points, countless birding adventures, and incredible scenery and history!

Did you miss the Zoom meeting on September 23, 2020? You can still enjoy Aija and Ed Konrad’s roller coaster adventure with tales of birds, history and their glorious journey by watching the entire presentation on YouTube below!

Join SIB to Bird Ocean Winds Golf Course this Sunday

Seabrook Island Birders is again hosting a birding on Ocean Winds golf course event this Sunday, September 27, 2020 starting at 8:30 am and finishing around 10:30 am.

Ocean Winds golf course is closed for major renovations, but Seabrook Island Birders has again obtained permission from Seabrook Island Club and the Golf Club Operations to take a group of members out to bird the course. We will RIDE in golf carts (1 4-person and 10 2-person carts) which can accommodate 13 – 24 people, based on the number of people who will share carts. We only have seven seats available so if you are interested, sign up NOW!

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. Maybe even some of our fall migrants!

To keep everyone safe, we will ask people to social distance and wear a face mask. When you register, if you are not joined by a family member, please let us know if you are open to riding with a non-family participant or if you prefer to be in a cart alone.

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

The event is free for 2020 SIB members or you may be a guest fee of $5. To join SIB, just bring your $10 to the event or follow the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/.

All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday September 26, 2020. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.

Birding the Lewis & Clark Trail on September 23!

Birding the Lewis & Clark Trail
Guest Speakers: Ed & Aija Konrad
Date: Wednesday September 23, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:15 PM
Location: Zoom Virtual Video
Fee: FREE

REGISTER TODAY

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Speaker Biographies

Aija and Ed Konrad have been birding at Seabrook for 12 years. Aija is the avid birdwatcher and Ed is the photographer. You have probably seen them at North Beach or around Palmetto Lake, the tall blonde with binoculars and the guy with the big lens camera. They’ve been SIB members for 5 years and Ed serves on the board.

Aija and Ed have been advocates for many years on protecting Seabrook’s shorebirds, with a focus on our endangered and threatened species. They’ve built strong partnerships with our SC DNR, USFWL, and SC Audubon biologists, as well as researchers in the Piping Plover breeding regions. You read their many birding articles and view Ed’s photos on the SIB website and the Seabrooker. In the last decade they’ve traveled extensively to bird and shoot photos in 49 US states and Canada, Central America, Europe, and the Far East.In 2018, Aija did a US Big Year, and they crisscrossed the country to see how many bird species they could identify in a calendar year. They wound up with a whopping 577 species, and Aija placed #15 on EBird’s Lower 48 states!

When 2019 rolled around it was quite a letdown after the Big Year, so they had to think of another goal. Ed, who is a history buff, had an idea on his bucket list for years…driving cross country and tracing the Lewis and Clark trail…with lots of birdwatching and photography. So, they set out on their 28-day journey of birds and history.

Aija and Ed are Penn State graduates. They live in Atlanta full time and Seabrook Island about 10 days a month. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Travel has become all about birds…if we could only do that again!

You can view Ed’s bird photos and their many travel adventures on Ed’s Flickr site. Just click or cut and paste this URL: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edkon/

Free Community Kayak & Boat Tours

Whether you are an avid birder, a beginner, or just want to learn more about this interesting part of  Charleston Harbor, you might be interested in an excursion to Crab  Bank. With a grant from National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Coastal Expeditions and Audubon South Carolina are offering free 2 hour, family friendly tours during this Fall.  Learn about the restoration for this critical bird habitat after intensive fund raising by many agencies. 

You can choose between a boat trip or ,for the more adventurous, take a kayak tour. Whichever you choose, it is bound to be a fun, informative activity. 

Be a Part of the Crab Bank Story

Be a Part of the Crab Bank StoryIn 2018, the people of Charleston rallied for Crab Bank. Many of you made donations, wrote letters or raised your paddles high at the Save Crab Bank Paddle. It was truly a community effort to protect something that we know is important. And the next chapter of this critical seabird rookery is about to begin. 

The Coastal Expeditions Foundation and Audubon South Carolina invite you to witness the restoration of Crab Bank Seabird Rookery as our guest.  

All Fall, we’re offering complimentary boat and sea kayak tours to this vital nesting island so you can share in the story of Crab Bank. 

In the coming year, this critical nesting island will be restored to over 20 acres of high-ground for brown pelicans, black skimmers, American oystercatchers, multiple species of terns and herons, and more. This State Heritage Preserve will yield tens of thousands of young birds into wild populations as a result of our collective efforts. 

This adventure departs from our Shem Creek flagship location in route to the protected edge of Charleston harbor. Coastal Expeditions guides will provide interpretation specific to the Crab Bank effort as a critical part of only five protected bird-nesting islands on the South Carolina coast.

These 2-hour, family-friendly tours are made possible by a grant through National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

Gather your family and friends and come out with us on one our tours- everyone is welcome! Book your boat or sea kayak spots now!

Restoration of Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary has been a true community project. The Coastal Expeditions Foundation has been proud to work alongside Audubon South Carolinathe Coastal Conservation LeagueSouth Carolina Department of Natural Resourcesand South Carolina Wildlife Federation and YOU to make it a reality.

Check Dates & Reserve Your Spots!

KAYAK TOURS

BOAT TOURS

When you book, you’ll be asked to hold your reservation with a credit card at $20/person. You won’t be charged unless you are a no-show. If you can’t make it, give us as much notice as possible so that others may go in your place.
Outings may be filmed by a documentarian, Adam Boozer of Jewell & Ginnie LLC, to be made into a film capturing the rebirth of Crab Bank over the next year.

COVID-19 safety: When you are on the Coastal Expeditions campus and on the boat, everyone is expected to socially distance and wear a mask. On sea kayak tours, you may remove your mask once you are on the water.

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Pelicans Photos are from Crab Bank when it was supporting hundreds of Brown Pelican nests, just a few years ago. Taken by Dana Beach, Coastal Conservation League

Can’t make it out but want to support the work that the Coastal Expeditions Foundation is doing for environmental education and seabird rookery protection? 

Make a donation today!

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Zoom with SIB for our September Virtual Events

Fall is approaching, but we sure hope we can avoid the hurricanes this year! However, now with Seabrook Island Birder (SIB) virtual programs, not only can we still be active while social distancing, we might even be able to hold the events if we are visited by bad weather.

Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) has scheduled another two “Virtual Movie Matinees” and an Evening Program using Zoom during the month of September!  And the best part is you don’t even have to be on Seabrook Island to join!

Once you register, we will send you a link the day prior to each event to allow you to access our Zoom live video. We will open each event with introductions and a little social time, watch the  movie or presentation together (generally an hour), and finish with a short discussion to get your feedback and answer questions.

Sign up for one, two or all three of our events, then plan to get comfy in your favorite chair with snacks and beverages of your choice to enjoy our gathering!

Plight of the Grassland Birds
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 4:00 – 5:30 pm

From the fields of New England and Canada to the vast plains of Montana to the deserts of Mexico, grassland birds are losing their habitats at an alarming rate.Host Will Lange explores efforts to protect the birds and their habitats. Watch the trailer here.

Journey of the Broad-winged Hawk
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Every year, thousands of broad-winged hawks embark on a treacherous flight from New Hampshire to South America. JOURNEY OF THE BROAD-WINGED HAWK follows the raptors’ two-month, 4,500-mile migration from New Hampshire, over an Appalachian flyway in Pennsylvania, over Corpus Christi, Texas, and ending in the rainforests of Ecuador and the Maquipucunu Reserve. Along the way, people and communities follow and celebrate the hawks’ journey. Host Willem Lange traces the migratory route of these magnificent birds from the White Mountains to the Andes of Ecuador, and shares the stories of those who witness this wonder of nature. Watch the trailer here.

Program: Birding the Lewis and Clark Trail
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm

What happens when an avid birdwatcher and her photographer, who’s also a history buff, go on a 28-day road trip from Atlanta to the Oregon coast…tracing, birding, photographing the route of the Lewis and Clark 1803-1806 Corps of Discovery Expedition … 8,900 miles, 17 states, 269000 hotel points, countless birding adventures, and incredible scenery and history!

Join us for Aija and Ed Konrad’s roller coaster adventure with tales of birds, history and their glorious journey.

Birding on Ocean Winds Golf Course

NOTE: This activity is very popular and we are only allowed to have a maximum of 24 people, so sign up early if you are interested. We have already filled eight seats using the waitlist from a previous event.

Birding on Ocean Winds Golf Course
Date: Sunday August 30, 2020 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Location: Meet at Island House (Golf Course Parking Lot next to Spinnaker Beach Houses) for ride along the golf course in golf carts
Max: 24 (If all seats in golf carts are used)
Cost: Free for members; $5 donation for guests – Priority will be given to those from the 6/28 waitlist and SIB members

SIB birding from Golf Carts – Jackie Brooks

Ocean Winds golf course is closed for major renovations, but Seabrook Island Birders has obtained permission from Seabrook Island Club and the Golf Club Operations to take a group of members out on the front 9 to bird and visit the rookery. We will RIDE in golf carts (1 4-person and 10 2-person carts) which can accommodate 13 – 24 people, based on the number of people who will share carts.

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. Maybe Great Crested Flycatchers, Mississippi Kites, and Eastern Kingbirds.

To keep everyone safe, we will ask people to social distance and wear a face mask. When you register, if you are not joined by a family member, please let us know if you are open to riding with a non-family participant or if you prefer to be in a cart alone.

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

If you are not yet a 2020 SIB member, you must first become a member for only $10 by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. You may bring the form and your payment or you may pay the Guest Fee of $5 the morning of the event.

Please register no later than Friday August 28, 2020. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday August 29, 2020. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.