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Crab Bank Free Lecture – From Holaniku to Crab Bank

Since the 1950s, seabird populations have declined by nearly 70 percent worldwide, and most South Carolina seabird populations are in decline, largely due to loss of habitat, according to the Department of Natural Resources, which named Crab Bank a protected seabird sanctuary in 2006. Crab Bank is one of just five protected rookeries statewide, has been a prime nesting spot for pelicans and more than a dozen other species of sea- and shorebirds for decades, but its high ground has been washed over at high tide since Tropical Storm Irma. No birds have nested there this year.

Please join us in supporting Crab Bank renourishment in any way that you can.

September 13, 2018 from 6-8pm is a free lecture at the Charleston Museum to get more information and show your support. Click here for details and to register to attend.

Click here to read a recent Post & Courier article on Crab Bank.

 

Upstate Master Naturalist Association hosts Patrick McMillan, September 18, 2018

You are invited to the Upstate annual meeting September 18th at 7pm to hear Patrick McMillan present his recent discoveries of unusual plants of the Jocassee Gorges.  Dr. McMillan will take us on a fern-focused trip to one of South Carolina’s botanical treasures, the Jocassee Gorges.  He will introduce us to some of his latest discoveries, including the Copper Fern (Brommeria hispida) and Wright’s Canebrake (Pallaea wrightiana), the first time either plant has been documented in South Carolina.  The Jocassee Gorges are one of South Carolina’s botanical and geological treasures, a temperate rain forest. These gorges, their streams, and the more than 75 inches of precipitation that occurs there each year make this area unique among mountain settings in the eastern United States and provide niches for plants you would not expect to find in this region.

Dr. Patrick McMillan is the host, co-creator, and writer for the Emmy award winning Expeditions with Patrick McMillan, seen on SCETV.  He is a professional biologist and naturalist and is the Hilliard professor of environmental sustainability at Clemson University where he teaches Forest Biology, Natural History, and Plant Taxonomy.  He is also director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum.

The event begins at 7pm at the J Verne Smith Technical Resource Center Auditorium on the main campus of Greenville Technical College, 620 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC.  A reception follows the lecture. The program is free and open to the public. For a map and more information go to http://www.scnps.org.

The Nature Conservancy – Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity

For anyone who enjoys working outdoors with plants and landscaping, The Nature Conservancy could use a few people to help us with some maintenance at the Driftwood Plantation property near Awendaw, SC.  For those of you not familiar with this tract of land, it looks out over the marshes towards Bull Island and is a beautiful setting. TNC could use help with shrub trimming, weed and vine pulling, fertilizing, and other landscape and maintenance activities.  This would be something that would be ongoing, not necessarily every week, but at some regular time frame so the house and outbuildings are neat looking.

Anyone interested please let Ed Siggelko (State Volunteer Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy, SC Chapter) know and he’ll set up an initial meeting at the property to cover the work to be done and tools they’ll have available versus what they may need to have you bring along. Some of the potential dates to meet one of their staff out there to review the work to be done are 9/28, 10/3 or 10/5.

His email address is ed.siggelko@tnc.org.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Members invited to CMNA Board of Directors Meeting – September 5, 2018

Attention: if you want to observe a CMNA Board meeting, you are welcome to attend Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, at Main Library Meeting Room, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401.

Maybe you are interested in how your Association functions? Maybe you are interested in serving on the Board in the future; or want to help with small projects; or have ideas for training, events or volunteer opportunities.

Contact Debbie Seabrook for more information.

debbieseabrook13@gmail.com

SC Native Plant Forum – September 22, 2018

On Saturday, September 22nd, The South Carolina Native Plant Society and Magnolia Plantation & Gardens will present our 2018 Native Plant Forum – “Bringing Nature to Our Own Backyard“. From understanding how man and nature shaped the Lowcountry landscape to learning how to achieve harmony within and beyond our garden gates, this event offers something for everyone.

There are tours of the gardens, an exhibitor and vendor area and lectures to attend (advanced training hours for the lectures!)

<Use this link to get more information>

Drawing Outdoors – Learn tips and techniques to create accurate sketches

Join us for a morning class, Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10:00am-12:00pm, on drawing with pencil.  This can improve your observation skills and enhance your nature journals. Meg Skow (wife of recent MN graduate Eric Skow) offering this class at Caw Caw classroom.  CMNA members – free, Master Naturalist not current members of CMNA $5.00

Use link here for more details and to sign up. Limited seating!

Edisto Island Beach Clean Up – June 30, 2018 10:00 – 12:00 Beach Access 13

Join CMNA on Edisto Island Beach to Clean Up the Beach!
June 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Beach Access 13, Palmetto Blvd. Edisto Island, SC

The Coastal Master Naturalist Association (CMNA) has adopted Edisto Island through the South Carolina Adopt-A-Beach Program.

The Adopt-A-Beach program is part of the DHEC Marine Debris Initiative and is a great way for us to make a significant contribution to the preservation of our coastal environment. Everyone who participates in a beach cleanup becomes an advocate for the beach against litter. Thanks to everyone working to keep our coast clean and healthy!

Please sign-up using SignUp Genius , or show up, more the merrier!

If you have any questions or problems signing up, please contact Debbie Seabrook debbieseabrook13@gmail.com

Advanced Training – Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission

Summer is here!  Are you in need of advanced training hours or general nature enrichment? Here are CCPRC’s upcoming programs that count as Master Naturalist Advanced Training opportunities. These are registration-required programs. If you are interested in these programs, please register ASAP. If they do not meet minimum requirements (which are kept low) they cancel three days prior to the program date. To register online, follow the link to CCPRC’s registration area. Click on the “Cultural and Natural History’ tab to find these offerings OR call (843)795-4386 and simply reference the course number to the Program Services Agent. The Master Naturalist instructors hope to see you in the field soon!

Sunrise Canoeing At Caw Caw
Glide silently past feeding herons and witness features hidden to trail-bound visitors by canoeing Caw Caw’s waterways. These interpretive paddles offer a unique look into the ecology of the Lowcountry. Trained naturalists will enlighten you to the cultural and natural history of the area, citing important connections to the past, present, and future.

Tuesday 7-24 from 6:00 – 9:00am

Fees: $30.00

To register: https://online.activecommunities.com/charleston/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp?UseLink=true&Course=true&aid=1501

Course Number: 56254

Folly Beach Bird Walks (TWO dates)
From inlet to inlet, birding experts help participants explore the wonderfully diverse areas of Folly Beach. Our spotting scope will help you see shorebirds, seabirds, songbirds, and raptors too.

Friday 7-13 from 8:30-10:30am at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve : Course number 56072

Friday 8-10 from 8:30-10:30am at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve : Course number 56073

Fees: $7.00

To register: https://online.activecommunities.com/charleston/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp?UseLink=true&Course=true&aid=2293

Nature Rambles- Jaunt Around Johns Island County Park
Join a Master Naturalist instructor to see the natural wonders of our parks in a new light. You’ll discover plants and animals and learn about their connections to the world around them.

Thursday 7-19 from 8:30- 10:30am at Johns Island County Park

Fees: $7.00

To register: https://online.activecommunities.com/charleston/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp?UseLink=true&Course=true&aid=2286

Course number: 56429