During the heat of summer, we all slow down. Seabrook Island Birder activities are no different. However, we do still have some exciting and informative activities to offer.
***Save the date***
The Secret & Swampy Lives of Wood Storks! – July 12, 2022
When: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Registration starts 7:00 pm; Program starts 7:30 pm
Location: Live Oak Hall at The Lake House
Dr. Kristina Ramstad, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology & Geology at the University of South Carolina, will discuss how technologies are providing windows into many unknown aspects of Wood Stork behavior and population dynamics: hatching success, migration, mating system and population structure, and how outcomes of research influence the conservation and management of storks under current climate change scenarios.
Learning Together on Bobcat and Six Ladies Trails – June 05, 2022
When: Sunday, June 05, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Bobcat and Six Ladies Trails
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests
Summer birding may be a little slower but an outing to Bobcat Trail with an extension to Six Ladies Trail allows for viewing of some the birds that hang out at the beach then continue on to the shade of Six Ladies Trail. Along this trail, we should see our local favorite Painted Bunting who likes to hang out at Boardwalk 1 at the end of Bobcat Trail. Great Crested Flycatchers, Eastern Towhee and Gulls and Egrets should also be seen. We also hope to see a Summer Tanager. While on Six Ladies Trail, we will stop at the picnic table looking over the marsh towards Creek Watch to look at some raptors and egrets.
As always, bring binocular/camera, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, snacks and water.
Please register no later than Friday, June 3, 2022. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday, June 4.
If you have additional questions about the program, please contact us by sending an email to: SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com
Learning Together on Golf Course-Ocean Winds – June 12, 2022
When: Sunday, June, 12, 2022, 8:30 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 prior waitlisted & members
Ocean Winds Golf Course will be closed for aeration so the Seabrook Island Club allows Seabrook Island Birders to use golf carts to travel the course with our members to bird on this rare Sunday morning. 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 Egrets, Herons and birds of prey. We will also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens and some of the many warbler species. Since it is summer, we can also expect to see Eastern Kingbirds, Great-crested Flycatchers, Orchard Orioles, Summer Tanagers, Mississippi Kites and more!
As always, be sure to bring your binoculars/cameras, hats and sunscreen. Water will be provided.
Please register no later than Friday prior to the trip. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on the Saturday, the day prior to the trip. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.
June Movie – “Bird vs. Plane: Miracle on the Hudson” – June 14, 2022
When: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Zoom & TBD In-person
US Airways Flight 1549 is about two minutes into its journey from LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2009 when bird strikes to both engines cripple the plane. What results is an emergency landing on the Hudson River that astonishes the world and shines a light on a growing problem affecting our increasingly busy skies. Follow a team of forensic ornithologists and discover the remarkable research being conducted to solve the bird strike problem. Watch the trailer.
Learning Together-Palmetto Lake – June 23, 2022
When: Thursday, June 23, 2022, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Meet at Equestrian end of The Lake House parking lot
Cost: Free for 2022 members, $5 for guests
Celebrate the official start of summer by bird watching! Join the Seabrook Island Birders for a leisurely walk around Palmetto Lake. We plan to walk part way along the path towards the Equestrian Center then hopefully see the “white birds” come in to roost for the evening. The path around Palmetto Lake is wheelchair navigable and for those walking it will be probably only a quarter of a mile. As we walk along Seabrook Island Road, we hope to see some of our resident summer warblers such as Yellow-throated Warblers or Black and White Warblers. We also expect to see a large variety of birds including Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, Herons and birds of prey. If the “white birds” get the invitation, we hope to see Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets and White Ibis roosting for the evening. Laughing Gulls and Terns often fly overhead. Orchard Orioles, Summer Tanagers and Brown Thrashers are also possibilities.
Bring your binoculars, hats, bug spray and a beverage of choice. You may also wish to bring a chair to sit and enjoy your beverage while watching the birds coming in for their evening roost.
Please register no later than Tuesday, June 21. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Wednesday, the day prior to the trip.
Learning Together at Kiawah River – June 26, 2022
When: Sunday, June 26, 2022 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Meet at the “bridge” entering the property
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests
Another chance to check out birds that can be found on this varied habitat property. We expect to see a large variety of birds including Anhingas, Egrets, Herons, Osprey and other birds of prey. The tide will be going out so hopefully we’ll see some shorebirds on the mud flats of Kiawah River. If we are lucky, we will see an eagle and osprey duel over a fish. We should also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals. We will drive to various locations on the property and then walk for better birding observations. Of course, this also gives us a chance to see this neighboring development.
As always, be sure to bring your binoculars, hats, water and sunscreen.
Please register no later than Friday, June 24, 2022. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday, June 25.
-Submitted by SIB
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