Join SIB for the GBBC from February 12-15, 2016

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We encourage everyone to take time during the weekend of February 12 – 15, 2016 to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).  Spend 15 minutes or longer documenting the number of each species and input this information along with the date, time, length of time and location into www.eBird.org  (if you are a first time user, you will need to create a login).  Learn more about the GBBC here.

On Sunday February 14, SIB is sponsoring our fist member activity by hosting two “Learning Together Bird Walks.”  If you are not yet a SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions here.

Once you are a member, please register for one of the “Learning Together Bird Walks” by completing the form below and selecting one of the two trips:

Trip 1 – Palmetto Lake:  Casual flat surface walk of less than a mile for approximately 1 1/2 hours around Palmetto Lake to view birds common to Seabrook Island backyards and ponds.  Walk will leave the Lake House front steps promptly at 8:30 am.  Limit 20 people.

Trip 2 – North Beach:  Casual walk on North Beach of two miles (or more) for approximately 1 1/2 hours to view birds common to the beaches on Seabrook Island.  Walk will leave the parking lot of North Beach Boardwalk #1 promptly at 8:30 am.  Limit 12 people.

Please bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent, hat and if you have them binoculars and/or a camera.

Please register no later than Friday February 12, 2016.  Thanks!

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Seawatch at Folly Beach

On Tuesday, February 9, from 8:30 to 10:00 am, join Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission (CCPR) birding experts to explore the wonderfully diverse opposite ends of Folly Beach. You will see a variety of coastal birds. Help experienced birders scan the ocean for a variety of ducks, seabirds, and shorebirds and learn how to spot ‘bunches’ of Red Knots, “rafts” of scoters, and much more.  Register for the class using the link below.

Ages 12 & up. A chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.  Park fees, operating schedules, and hours are subject to change without notice.

Meet at:
Folly Beach Fishing Pier
101 East Arctic Avenue
Folly Beach, SC 29439
Contact:  843-795-4386
Cost: $6, $5 CCR*, or free for Move IT! Pass members

Limited Seats available for Photography Day at Center for Birds of Prey

I just spoke to the Center for Birds of Prey and they have six (6) seats left of the 25 total in this exciting photography workshop with Guest Artist Taylor Glenn on Monday February 15, 2016.  See below for details – Call today if you want to register before the seats are gone!

Note: They will take an unlimited number of observers.

Curated Photography Day with Guest Artist Taylor Glenn
ANNOUNCING – Limited number of tickets available!
We’re excited to have one of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition’s featured artists as curator for our first Photography Day of 2016.
Program Details
What:   Curated Photography Day with Taylor Glenn
When:  Monday, February 15
Time:    8:30am – 11:30am
Taylor Glenn is a photographer specializing in outdoor lifestyle and nature imagery. He is a resident of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and travels extensively for his work. Glenn’s photos have appeared in American Photography’s 30th and 31st editions and fine publications including Covey Rise, Outside Magazine, Sunset Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine.
As curator for this Photography Day, Taylor will share his expertise in a variety of
technical areas including equipment choice, and managing distance, light and subject movement.
This event will take place on the Monday following SEWE,from 8:30am to 11:30am and advance registration is required. Tickets are $45 per photographer and can be purchased online or by calling the Center’s office at 843.971.7474.
Member Rate
$36 per photographer
$12 per observer
Non-Member Rate
$45 per photographer
$15 per observer

Bird Walks – Charleston County Parks & Recreation

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(This information is copied from:  CCPR ) – trips have been added to the Seabrook Island Birders calendar
There are many outstanding birding opportunities to be found within your Charleston County Parks. From Piping Plovers at Folly Beach County Park to Painted Buntings at Palmetto Islands County Park, a wide variety of bird species can be seen within the Charleston County Park system.

One park in particular, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, is noted for its rich bird life. Located in Ravenel, Caw Caw is a birding hotspot for coastal South Carolina. Over 250 species of birds (DOC) have been seen among the many habitats on the Caw Caw property. Prothonotary warblers flash their brilliant yellow in the cypress swamp during spring and summer months, just as swallow-tailed kites soar overhead. Summer also offers the chance to see the colorful painted bunting or the bright blue indigo bunting along the forest edges.

Former rice fields provide year-round feeding grounds for egrets, herons, and ibises. In addition, a variety of waterfowl make Caw Caw their home in the winter.

Birding Programs 
Birding programs are offered not only at Caw Caw, but at other CCPRC locations and statewide locations as well! Staying on top of our birding activities is easy:

Early Morning Bird Walks

  • Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. followed by an optional checklist
  • Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Join us on one of our regular bird walks through many distinct habitats that allow us to view and discuss a variety of birds, butterflies, and other organisms. The cost is only $10 and no pre-registration is required.

Folly Beach Bird Walks

Birding experts from CCPRC and the Audubon South Carolina explore Folly Beach in this partnership program. The walks start at either Folly Beach County Park or the entrance to Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve.

Birding Trips
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Meeting locations vary
Search for programs online.
Join us as we explore nearby locations such as the Francis Marion National Forest, Huntington Beach State Park, and the sod farms near Orangeburg. Additional impromptu birding trips may arise.