By Nancy Brown for The Island Connection
The Activity Committee of the Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) has created an exciting selection of birding trips for the fall months, which include a great deal of diversity to appeal to a wide group of members. Visit SeabrookIslandBirders.org/bird-walks to learn more details and register.
Learning Together – These events are usually led by residents who enjoy birding but may not be experts. The goal is to explore the various habitats of Seabrook Island to see and hear as many birds as can be found. Each species may not always be identified, but it is fun and it is all about trying to “learn together.” Some of the areas visited may include: North Beach, Palmetto Lake, Jenkins Point, Horse Pastures, Maintenance area and the Water Treatment Plant. Read each description for details on the amount of walking involved.
Thursday, December 6 at 10 a.m.– noon
Learning Together at the Water Treatment Plant, Maintenance & Equestrian Center
Backyard Birding – Each month a member of SIB hosts these events at their home to share the birds of their backyard. In some cases, the home may sit on the beach, ponds, wooded areas, etc. It is a variation of “Learning Together” as no trained naturalist is normally participating. A fun and casual event to meet your neighbors and enjoy their view of the birds of Seabrook Island (and in one instance Kiawah). This event normally has limited walking, but may have stairs.
Saturday, Sept. 22, 8-10 a.m. Backyard Birding on Kiawah
Sunday, Oct. 21, 8-10 a.m. Backyard Birding at Loblolly
Sunday, Nov. 4, 7-9 a.m. Backyard Birding at Wildcat Point
Sunday, Dec. 9, 8-10 a.m. Backyard Birding at the Crab Dock
Birding the Golf Course – One of the most accessible events for SIB members. During this 2+ hour activity, ride in golf cars throughout one of Seabrook’s golf courses in search of birds. (The course is closed to golfers on the day we select.) Different birds can be seen on each course and birders can cover a lot of ground and enjoy the birds who love the golf course habitat.
Monday, Sept. 17, 8:30-11 a.m. Ocean Winds Golf Course
Monday, Oct. 15, 9-10:30 a.m. Crooked Oaks Golf Course
Monday, Nov. 19, 9-11 a.m. Ocean Winds Golf Course
Birding Beyond our Backyard – This fall more events have been planned off island to visit areas known for birding. Read each description to determine the level of activity and accessibility for each activity. New this year is the Birding & Biking at the West Ashley Greenway and a walk at Bears Bluff Fish Hatchery on Wadmalaw Island.
Saturday, Sept. 8, 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Birding & Biking – West Ashley Greenway
Friday, Sept. 28, 7:15 am-noon Bears Bluff Fish Hatchery
Thursday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Hawk Watch at the Center for Birds of Prey
Saturday, Oct. 27, 6 a.m.–2 p.m. Birding Bear Island & Donnelley
Special Bird Count Day – On several dates each year, SIB participates in national or global citizen science events to identify and document the birds on Seabrook Island. This fall we hope you will assist us for the first ever “October Big Day” sponsored by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Saturday, Oct. 6 at various times throughout day
Keep watch on the Birding Activities page and the SIB calendar as activities are added. Join the SIB Google Group to receive an email about short-notice bird walks and interesting bird sightings.
Most activities are free for members. Register for membership on the website SeabrookIslandBirders.org/contact/ join-sib/ there is a $5 fee for non-members to participate.