Join SIB to Bird Freshfields

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Sunday October 6, 2019 7:30 am – 10:00 am
Exploring Freshfields
Location: Fields behind Freshfields Village. Meet at Freshfields parking near the Station and car pool as needed.
Max: 10

Kiawah Island naturalist Jake Zadik will leading us on a walk in the fields and ponds near Freshfields Village. This event will have 1 – 2 miles of walking over uneven terrain. The environment may include the “parking” field, produce fields and borders of lake behind Andell Inn. The varied environment could provide sitings of species not normally seen on Seabrook Island.

Bring sun block, bug spray, a hat, water and binoculars.

If you are not yet a 2019 SIB member, you may come as a guest for an additional $5 or first become a member by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/.

Once you are a member, please register no later than Friday October 4, 2019. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Satuday October 5th.

Bird Fest 2019

If you are looking for a fun birding activity, you might want to consider going to Bird Fest 2019 in Monks Corner next Saturday, October 5, 2019. And if you’d like to car pool with other Seabrook Island residents, click here. See below for more details.

Date: Saturday October 5, 2019
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Program Fee: $5 includes park admission
Pre-registration: None
Meeting Place: Learning Center, Old Santee Canal Park,
900 Stony Landing Road, Monks Corner, SC
Contact: Adam Bedard (843-899-5200)

This festival is a celebration of our feathered friends! Festival will include organizations such as Gryphon Den, Fish Eagle Tours, Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, Nature Muse Imagery, Audubon South Carolina, Edisto River Adventures, Francis Marion National Forest, Coastal Expeditions, Charleston County Parks and Rec, Colonial Dorchester State Park, Artist Julie Glass, SCDNR Red Cockaded Woodpecker Program, South Carolina Bobwhite Initiative, Carolina Bird Club, Real Art, South Carolina Forestry Commission, South Carolina Waterfowl Association, Ducks Unlimited, and Santee Cooper.

Food will be available for purchase from the Miracles Tasty Express Food Truck and Live Entertainment by the Charleston Hot Shots. Special Presentations will include a guided bird walk by Audubon, A creatures of the night presentation by Gryphon Den, a photography class by Nature Muse Imagery, A presentation on “Purple Haze” a documentary on Purple Martins, and so much more!

Join SIB for Fall Migration Birding at Camp St. Christopher

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Saturday, September 28, 2019 8am-11am
Fall Migration @ St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center 
Location: Meet at the Bus Parking Lot at St. Christopher
Cost : No fee for members; Non-members=$5
Max: 20

American Redstart (male) – Ed Konrad

Explore the lakes, lagoons, paths and slough at Camp St. Christopher. This event will have 1 – 2 miles of walking over uneven terrain. Fall migration should be in full swing, so we should see all the usual suspects, but will also hopefully get looks at a few migrant warblers (Louisiana Waterthrush, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Black-Throated Blue), Scarlet Tanagers and Blue Grosbeaks.

Bring sun block, bug spray, a hat, water and binoculars.

If you are not yet a 2019 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. You may bring your membership fee to the event.  Or, if you prefer, you can attend as a guest for $5.

Register today!

Final Reminder: Join us September 25th for “Backyard Birding on Seabrook Island”

We hope to see you at our event this Wednesday evening! Please let us know you are planning to attend so we can be sure to have enough beverages (wine) and snacks! This will be a great chance to learn about our local backyard birds! The event is FREE for members, and only $5 for non-members.

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Backyard birding is a hobby enjoyed by tens of millions of Americans. In fact, when the more serious birders are asked how they got involved in the hobby, nearly every one says it started by watching the birds in their yard as either a child or an adult. Here on Seabrook Island, we have the perfect habitat for birds to enjoy our yards and we want to make sure everyone who wants can enjoy this wonderful hobby! If you like, it can be done year round by people of all abilities!

During our program, we will talk about the various types of food and feeders loved by our common backyard birds on Seabrook Island. We will then help you identify these common birds, including showing photos of varying plumage, what time of year they reside on our island, what they eat, where they are commonly seen if not in your backyard and other interesting tidbits. At the end of the program, you may even decide you are ready become a citizen scientist and sign up to participate in Project FeederWatch, a program run by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada.

Date: Wednesday September 25, 2019

Registration & Social: 7:00 pm
Program Starts:  7:30 pm
Location:  Live Oak Hall at the Lake House on Seabrook Island
Fee:  Members Free and Guests $5

SIB will provide beverages including wine and coffee.  We ask everyone to RSVP no later than September 23, 2019 so we will know how much wine to purchase and how many chairs to set up.

For only $10, you may join or renew your 2019 SIB membership the night of the event.

Don’t miss this chance to have another fun filled evening with our flock of Seabrook Island Birders!

Learn how to join SIB 

Contact us if you have questions:   SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com

Your Action Requested – Please Support TOSI Ordinance 2019-09 “Proposed Beach Rules for Pets”

Proposed Beach Rules for Pets Map, Seabrook Island, SC

As you may be aware, last winter the Town of Seabrook Island received a petition requesting that the Town Council consider proposed changes to the dates, times and locations upon which pets may be allowed “off-leash” on the beaches of Seabrook Island.

Over a period of six months, the Town Council carefully considered relevant information from a variety of sources, including Seabrook Island Birders (SIB).

The Executive Committee of SIB supports the Town Council’s belief the proposed amendments will “enhance protection of critical areas for migratory shorebirds and other wildlife, provide pet owners and their pets with great access to off-leash areas, provide beachgoers with a larger pet-free swimming area, and simplify the Town’s general requirements related to pets on the beach.”

To learn more about the process used by the Town of Seabrook Island to develop the proposed ordinance, please read the Tidelines article submitted by Mayor Ron Ciancio, Seabrook Island, on September 1, 2019.

The Town Council will present the proposed ordinance at the Seabrook Island Town Hall during a public hearing on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 1:00 pm. We hope many of you will be able to attend the meeting to support this ordinance. And, we hope ALL of our resident members will submit an online comment in support of the ordinance no later than Monday September 16 at 4:00 pm:

Click here to submit an online comment on Ordinance 2019-09

Thank you!

Sign up for our September 25th Program: “Backyard Birding on Seabrook Island”

We hope everyone has returned home to Seabrook following the excitement from Dorian last week. In case you missed this notice, we wanted to remind you to sign up for our next evening SIB event on September 25, 2019.

SIGN UP TODAY

Backyard birding is a hobby enjoyed by tens of millions of Americans. In fact, when the more serious birders are asked how they got involved in the hobby, nearly every one says it started by watching the birds in their yard as either a child or an adult. Here on Seabrook Island, we have the perfect habitat for birds to enjoy our yards and we want to make sure everyone who wants can enjoy this wonderful hobby! If you like, it can be done year round by people of all abilities!

During our program, we will talk about the various types of food and feeders loved by our common backyard birds on Seabrook Island. We will then help you identify these common birds, including showing photos of varying plumage, what time of year they reside on our island, what they eat, where they are commonly seen if not in your backyard and other interesting tidbits. At the end of the program, you may even decide you are ready become a citizen scientist and sign up to participate in Project FeederWatch, a program run by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada.

Date: Wednesday September 25, 2019

Registration & Social: 7:00 pm
Program Starts:  7:30 pm
Location:  Live Oak Hall at the Lake House on Seabrook Island
Fee:  Members $5 and Guests $10

SIB will provide beverages including wine and coffee.  We ask everyone to RSVP no later than September 23, 2019 so we will know how much wine to purchase and how many chairs to set up.

For only $10, you may join or renew your 2019 SIB membership the night of the event.

Don’t miss this chance to have another fun filled evening with our flock of Seabrook Island Birders!

Learn how to join SIB 

Contact us if you have questions:   SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com

Learning Together on the Golf Course-Ocean Winds

Sign up today to bird Ocean Winds Golf Course!

The two groups meet to compare notes on sightings – Jackie Brooks

Monday, September 16, 2019 9:00 am – 11:30 am
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: 30
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

Each Monday one of the Golf Courses is closed, so join us for a morning of birding by RIDING in golf carts for at least 9-holes on Ocean Winds golf course. 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. Even some fall migrants might be seen.

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

If you are not yet a 2019 SIB member, you must first become a member for only $10 by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. Or you may pay the Guest Fee of $5.

Please register no later than Friday September 13, 2019. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday September 14th.