There is a research project on wintering monarchs developing and your volunteer assistance is needed to make it happen!! The project will require volunteer citizen scientists who can help with tagging monarchs (and/or recovery of tagged monarchs) and will be accomplished through cooperation between the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Billy McCord with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).
Wintering behavior by monarchs likely occurs all along the southern section of the SC coast, beginning around McClellanville. Coastal communities typically provide enough trees and cover for the monarchs to use them during the cooler months as protected roosting sites when weather is not appropriate for butterfly activity.
McCord needs several volunteers to help tag (and find recovery tagged monarchs) at sites along the central SC coast. McCord is hopeful to have as many as 16 tagging sites established for this study. This means there is a call for volunteers to work as teams or individually – from as far south as Edisto Beach to as far north as McClellanville. Other sites within the study area could include Kiawah, Seabrook Island, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms. The hope is that volunteers live at, or very near, these sites. This is also a perfect combination of an experience that will count towards advanced training hours (initially) and then volunteer hours!! Win-win!!
Tagging may begin as early as the second half of November and extend though the spring. McCord will arrange at least one training session towards the end of October or early November on how to properly handle and tag monarchs. The project will also supply tags, tagging platforms, glassine envelopes in which to stash monarchs before tagging, and butterfly nets.
Please email Billy McCord at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Also, please do not hesitate to share this information with anyone who lives in these areas that you think might be interested in helping with this very important research project!
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation, is offering a professional certification course for individuals who have public contact at interpretive sites. The Certified Interpretive Host program is designed for new hires, seasonals, docents/volunteers, maintenance workers, receptionists, law enforcement or anyone who has public contact but does not deliver interpretive programs to the public. It covers the basics of interpretation, customer service and hospitality, and using informal interpretation to support the agency mission.
This 16-hour course includes:
- History, definition, and principles of interpretation
- How to provide great customer service
- Hospitality and communication skills
- NAI Certification requirements (open book exam; video exam)
- All materials and workbook
For more information please visit this link!
Photo by Keith McCullough
The purpose of the volunteer service requirement of the SC Master Naturalist Program is to provide a service to the community or state with regard to natural resources; to help the volunteer gain knowledge and experience; and to support the work of the State Office, partner agencies and Host Sites through volunteerism.
Master Naturalist volunteer service hours are very important to the SC Master Naturalist program and its many affiliated organizations. The educational service you provide to the visitors to our parks and the environmental service projects in which you participate demonstrate your value and the value of the SC Master Naturalist Program to the state of South Carolina.
Please help keep our partners and Clemson university administration aware of the benefit that you provide. Report your volunteer service and advanced training hours in the SC Master Naturalist Online Volunteer Hour Reporting System. At the end of June each year, I generate a report of your hours from July 1 through June 30 which I then report through a system just like the Master Naturalist reporting system. Your volunteer service hours are multiplied by a dollar value published by the Independent Sector, a coalition of charities, foundations, corporations, and individuals that publishes research important to the nonprofit sector. The current hourly value of your volunteer service in South Carolina is $20.56.
The other reason to update your hours is to qualify for the amethyst that goes in your name tag for yearly service (January to December) in the SC Master Naturalist Program. Jewels are presented by the local associations or host sites. In order to receive your amethyst, your 30 hours per year must be reported in the online system.
Most Master Naturalists should have received a username and password to access the online reporting system. If you need your username or if you need your password reset please contact me at email@example.com. The username and temporary password can only be assigned by me.
The reporting system can be found at http://cufan.clemson.edu/masternaturalist/
Please report your hours for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 by July 1, 2015.
Thank you for your service to SC.
Dr. James H. Blake, State Coordinator, SC Master Naturalist Program
8am meet at Lower Savannah River Alliance Educational Center, 12049 Burton’s Ferry Highway, Allendale , SC 29810
8:30am guided tour of Allendale Kite Field
11:30 am Guest Speaker: John Cely: Author, Naturalist, One of the Founding Fathers of Congaree National Park
All for $30.00
Afternoon, self-guided, hike LSRA Nature Trail and/or additional Kite Field. For more information contact: Catherine Campbell at 803 584 4207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swallow-tailed Kites – photo taken at Caw Caw Interpretive Center by Keith McCullough
Charleston County Park’s Environmental Education team will be hosting students at Beachwalker County Park on Thursday, June 25th from 9:30-11:30. We are looking for a volunteer to assist staff in pulling a seine net in the surf zone. The volunteer must be able to pull a large net against the current, willing to get wet and enjoy educating children. If you would like additional information about the opportunity, contact Beth Burkett at email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: score.dnr.sc.gov
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 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!