SIB Evening Programs

2021 Evening Programs

Virtual Evening Program June, 2021
To Be Announced

Virtual Evening Program April 21, 2021
“Winged Wonders … The Phenomenon of Bird Migration”

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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 .

Virtual Evening Program February 17, 2021
“Seabrook’s Amazing Shorebirds”

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About our speaker, Janet Thibault, SC DNR:

Janet Thibault (Tee-Bo) is a Wildlife Biologist with SC DNR’s Seabird and Shorebird Program. Before receiving a Masters degree in Wildlife Biology from Clemson University in 2009, she participated in a variety of avian conservation and research projects throughout the United States. Past projects include working with nesting seabirds in Massachusetts, Sandhill Crane migration in Nebraska, native honeycreepers in Hawaii, and puffins nesting in Alaska. The focus of her current position is seabird and shorebird conservation along the coast of South Carolina.

Janet has been active on North Beach to protect shorebirds since the Captain Sams Inlet Relocation. As a condition of the relocation, Seabrook Island was designated as a Critical Habitat for Federally Endangered/Threatened Piping Plovers. Janet’s work on North Beach includes Piping Plover surveys, monitoring of nesting shorebirds, and research on the Federally Threatened Red Knot with her SC DNR colleagues. Janet spends considerable time on nearby Deveaux Bank, an important habitat for nesting and migratory shorebirds.


2020 Evening Programs

  • Wednesday January 22 – Center for Birds of Prey
  • CANCELLED: Wednesday March 25 – Benjamin Clock – Beautiful Imagery 

  • Wednesday June 3 – Nesting Birds of Seabrook Island
  • Wednesday August 19 – Seabrook Island Shorebirds
  • Wednesday September 23 – Birding the Lewis & Clark Trail
  • Wednesday October  21 – River of Raptors – Identification & Migration of SC’s Birds of Prey
  • Wednesday December 2 -Hummingbirds: From Your Yard to Central America … and Back!

Virtual Evening Program December 2, 2020
Hummingbirds: From Your Yard to Central America … and Back!

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Meet the Speaker:

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.

Virtual Evening Program October 21, 2020
River of Raptors – Identification & Migration of SC’s Birds of Prey

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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.

Virtual Evening Program September 23, 2020
Birding the Lewis & Clark Trail

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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:

Virtual Evening Program August 19, 2020
Seabrook Island Shorebirds

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SIB’s first Virtual Evening Program June 6, 2020

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