Butterfly Walk May 23

Hi Everyone,

The Lowcountry Chapter of the Carolina Butterfly Society will be having a butterfly walk at Roxbury Park in Meggett, SC on Saturday May 23.
Dennis Forsythe will lead the walk. Meet up is at 9:30. We will specifically be looking for King’s Hairstreak, though there should be many other butterflies around this time of year!

The address for Roxbury Park is: 4468 State Highway 174, Hollywood, SC 29449​

Please remember your binoculars,guide books, and some nice walking shoes.

If you’re interested in coming, please email me back, so I know how many of you to expect! Please check your email the day before the walk in case of cancelation due to inclement weather.
Amanda.szwarc@berkeleycountysc.gov

Charleston Audubon to host a Bio-Blitz ~ May 16-17, 2015

Join the Bio-Blitz Team at McAlhany Nature Preserve (MNP) for some amazing citizen science work! The Nature Preserve has a vast diversity of organisms and habitats on the 367 acre property. The purpose of the Bio-Blitz is to involve specialists in all areas of biology to document the biodiversity and to provide a comprehensive flora and fauna species list. The Bio-Blitz will begin at 9 am Saturday (May 16th) and continue through Sunday (May 17th) ending around 5pm. Participants are welcome to campout at MNP which has numerous tent sites available.

Please RSVP to Brian Reid at bkrcoach@yahoo.com with the number of people who will be attending and to give them a feel for the type of biodiversity you feel comfortable inventorying (e.g. birds, terrestrial plants, aquatic plants, aquatic insects, butterflies, moths, reptiles, amphibians, etc).

For more info, visit the Facebook event page.

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SCORE Program needs Volunteers!!

We have a few events in your area that we need some help with and are hoping YOU can make it, so please mark your calendars for upcoming SCORE events in the Lowcountry! The more the merrier at these events, so please do not hesitate to spread the word.

Here are the details for featured builds:

  • Thursday, 5/14/15, 9:00 am – Noon – Daniel Island Waterfront Park, Daniel Island, SC
  • Saturday, 5/16/15, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Cooper River Marina, North Charleston, SC          Event Partner: Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission

If you would like to join us for any event(see full calendar here), please RSVP to score@dnr.sc.gov so we may plan accordingly. Some events may be limited to the number of volunteers that we can accommodate so it is important that we are aware if you plan to attend.

-The SCORE Team with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Phone: (843) 953-9842 Email: score@dnr.sc.gov Website: score.dnr.sc.gov

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Bulls Bay Nature Festival ~ Saturday May 16th 2015

Get outside! Bulls Bay community agencies, organizations, businesses, and churches come together once again to bring you the 3rd annual Bulls Bay Nature Festival – From the Forest to the Sea. Festival events and activities will happen in the Francis Marion National Forest, on Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site,the Sewee Visitor Center and Bishop Jerden Conference Center.

The mission of the Bulls Bay Nature Festival – From the Forest to the Sea is to increase awareness, promote engagement and foster lasting connections with our unique natural places and wildlife in the Bulls Bay community.

Check out the Detailed Information for Activities to see what’s coming to you on May the 16th! Be sure to visit the Bulls Bay Nature Festival website to Register. Space is limited for many activities so don’t delay in your registration. Also visit our Festival Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bullsbaynaturefestival!

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Volunteer with Charleston County Parks Saturday April 11th and Sunday April 12th

Volunteer as a Stewardship Assistant at PET FEST at PALMETTO ISLAND COUNTY PARK – on Saturday April 11th and Sunday April 12th 2015

Assist staff in public outreach on pet stewardship. Topics will include reasons for leash laws, pet waste removal and storm water quality and protection of wildlife habitat. Duties will include engaging the public with educational material, administrating prize wheel, recruiting patrons to sign the CCPRC Stewardship Pledge and representing  CCPRC as a model for stewardship in the region.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please visit this link!

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Seabrook Island Bioblitz April 25th 2015

If you are looking for opportunities to volunteer, and educate, or explore Seabrook Island, SC before the Master Naturalist Conference in October, please consider helping out with the first ever St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center Bioblitz.

If you are unaware of what a “Bioblitz” is, the goal is to identify as many organisms on the property as possible within the time period – midnight through till 5pm on APRIL 25th, 2015.  They are doing this in conjunction with Seabrook Island Community, and local college biology/botany departments and will allow the public to come and view biologists at work with their dissecting scopes, and other instruments.

If you wish to help out, they are looking for teams of amateur and professional botanists, entomologists, herpetologists, mycologists, lichenologists etc…  You get the drift.  In addition to that, they are in desperate need for a support team from 8am through till 5pm, willing to help catalog findings, brew coffee, educate the public when they visit to observe or participate.  If you are unable to volunteer the full day, then they would welcome help even if just for a couple of hours.

They are excited about the potential impacts of this event. These endeavors can turn in to wonderful public awareness and education opportunities, and the findings will also help St. Christopher in determining best management practices for their campus and surrounding maritime forest.

Please feel free to call David Gardner, Director of Environmental Education at (843-737-2729) or email dgardner@stchristopher.org if you are interested, or have any questions.

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Cogongrass Workshop May 7th 2015 10am-2:30pm

You’re invited to attend a cogongrass workshop to learn more about the status of this invasive plant in South Carolina.  Cogongrass is the worst invasive plant in the Southeast with the potential to devastate our natural forests. Cogongrass is listed as a federal noxious weed and has spread throughout the Southeastern United States.  Luckily it hasn’t spread widely in SC yet.  Let’s keep it that way!

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Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center / 5821 N Highway 17 / Awendaw, SC 29429

Free, lunch provided by SC Exotic Pest Plant Council

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Please register by April 30th by contacting southcarolinaeppc@gmail.com

Click the link below for a flyer that can allow for you to help spread the good word too!

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Charleston County Parks Advanced Training and Interpretive Volunteer Opportunity

The Charleston County Parks teach marine science programs to hundreds of students every year. The agency relies on the help of many talented volunteers to assist park staff in giving children an enjoyable experience at the beach. Join us on March 23rd at Folly Beach County Park to learn a bit about our beach programs. We will pull a seine net, identify local fish and shells, and introduce you to volunteer opportunities with the Environmental Education Team.

The Environmental Education Team will accept 10 participants on the CMNA Sign-Up-Genius (look for this in the next few days) OR sign up online at this link.

This will count towards an hour of advanced training!

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Marine Debris Volunteer Training!

Are you interested in learning more about marine debris issues such as abandoned vessels and ghost crab traps? Want to understand how to use technologies to report abandoned vessels and other marine debris items you find? Would you like to volunteer during our Clean Marine Disposal Event on April 24-26th in Charleston County that will target unwanted boating and fishing gear? If you answered “yes”, then join the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control-Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management and community partners for a volunteer training on March 12th from 3 PM – 7 PM at the Marine Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources. 

The training is FREE but you must register by March 6th.  To learn more about the volunteer training and to register, please see the attached flyer or visit our website: http://www.scseagrant.org/content/?cid=804. You can also friend us on Facebook and receive updates www.facebook.com/cleanmarinesc! Questions? Contact EV Bell at ev.bell@scseagrant.org.

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Volunteer Opportunities at Summers Corner

The defining piece of Summers Corner, a master planned community in Summerville, is the landscape. Nature will be on display. Our goal for the parks and gardens embedded within this first phase of Summers Corner is to observe and share with the general public and Summers Corner residents the transformation of new habitats from pine forest to a wide variety of landscapes by incorporating educational program offerings, wildlife tours and bird watching activities. The Summers Corner team has been working with its partners to create natural habitat parks and gardens that incorporate native plants and diverse landscapes that allow for wildlife to thrive. One of the natural wildlife focal points for this project are birds. We hope to attract various species throughout the entire community. Some of the types of landscapes included in the project are:

  • Upland mixed forest
  • Longleaf pine meadow
  • Cypress pond pine Savanna
  • Carolina bays
  • Bottomland hardwoods
  • Pine grass meadow understory
  • Bottomlands

Duties: Summers Corner is currently seeking Master Naturalist(s) who would like to participate through volunteer efforts to become part of the initial stages of this project and eventual grow with it as it evolves and matures. Volunteer opportunities would include:

  • Working with the Summers Corner team to provide guidance/input on optimal bird box locations for cavity nesters and optimal roosting locations within the designated areas.
  • Providing guidance/input on a sustainable maintinance plan for birdhouses, boxes and roosting environments.
  • Work with the Summers Corner team to create and administer ongoing educational experiences focused on habitat and birds for school aged children and the general public.
  • Willing to explore additional opportunities that may develop as the project evolves.

Interested parties should contact Terry Freeman via email at terry@twoforkscollective.com

Please include a resume, previous related volunteer experience and a brief statement on why this volunteer opportunity is of interest to you.

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