Coastal Master Naturalists...

Master Naturalist Advanced Training at Caw Caw 5/9/2019

Kristina Wheeler is leading an advanced training opportunity for you! Must preregister!

Click the name of the course below to go to the CCPRC registration.

Nature’s Soundscape: How to Really Tune In – (Course number 5879)

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 9am to 3pm

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

$50.00 18 and up

Master Naturalist advanced training opportunities provide exposure and skill development in areas such as natural history, natural resource management, and nature interpretation. In order to keep a Master Naturalist certification current, you must take at least eight hours of advanced training per year.

Listening to natural sounds can open new doors to experiencing the natural world, and every habitat has its own unique sounds. In this course we’ll hone our auditory skills to enhance our connection to the natural world.

Notes: Must have a SC Master Naturalist Certification to take this Advanced Training.

Need Help Posting Bird Signs at Folly Beach

You can help birds! Volunteer to assist Janet Thibault, Wildlife Biologist at SCDNR. She needs help putting up the beach bird nesting signs at Folly Beach on Tuesday April 30, 2019.  The plan is to meet at Lighthouse Inlet at 9am and post that section, then head to the County Park at the south end of Folly and put signs up there. Work will last about 3-4 hours. Bring work gloves, water/snacks, a pocket knife if you have one, footwear that can get wet, and lots of enthusiasm. Janet will bring the supplies and equipment via boat. Please email Janet (thibaultj@dnr.sc.gov) if you are able to come out on Tuesday.

Thanks so much!

Janet Thibault

Wildlife Biologist

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

thibaultj@dnr.sc.gov

SCDNR Volunteer Opportunities

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Charleston County Parks and Recreation are partnering in Fishing Clinics and need volunteers. Please contact Olivia Y. Bueno [email:BuenoO@dnr.sc.gov] if interested in sharing your fishing skills with the next generation of anglers. You can become a certified SCDNR fishing instructor.

Improve Soil & Reduce Greenhouse Gases Lecture

Master Gardener and Coastal Master Naturalist Fall 2014 graduate, Linda Geronilla offers a lecture series to discuss the importance of creating healthy soils and a sustainable ecosystem in your own yard.  Learn what  “carbon gardening” is all about.

Land management is responsible for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. First lecture is on improving soil and reducing greenhouse gases.

Please share with friends and family or bring a guest if you have already signed up!

Johns Island Public Library Auditorium – Friday, March 15, 1:00 – 2:30 pm  FREE

Click here to sign up

Volunteers needed! Longleaf Planting day at Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay; Tuesday, March 19th

Volunteers needed! Longleaf Planting day at Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay; Tuesday, March 19th

Volunteers Needed in Bamberg County (for information about this location click here)
Due to a generous donation, SCNPS has 1000 longleaf seedlings to plant at Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay. They will be having a volunteer planting day on Tuesday, March 19th starting at 10:30 am. If you are interested, contact Sudie Thomas at sudie.thomas@sc.usda.gov to register for directions.

News from SC Native Plant Society

Spring Native Plant Sale!

Saturday, March 16, 9 am – 12 noon
(SCNPS Members can start shopping at 8:30; volunteers can shop at 8:15.)
Charles Towne Landing parking lot, 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston 29407

We have a great selection of native plants with many hard-to-find species — colorful perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses, ferns and edibles.  A plant list is available on the SCNPS website: https://scnps.org/lowcountry-spring-2019-plant-sale-list
Cash, check, or credit card accepted. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own carts or wagons to facilitate movement of plants; box donations are also encouraged!
Admission to the plant sale is free. If you wish to explore Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, please pay admission in the Visitor Center.
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Eddie Bernard (edlbernard@aol.com or 843-270-1112)

Lecture: The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative: A New Course for Conservation in the 21st Century
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 pm, Biology Auditorium, 101 Duckett Hall, The Citadel
Dr. Dwayne Estes, Southeastern Grasslands Initiative
Grassland loss is the single greatest conservation issue currently facing eastern North American biodiversity. Southern grasslands are nearly extinct and the species that depend on them are fading fast. The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative (SGI) is a collaboration of leaders in international biodiversity conservation led by the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for Field Biology, in partnership with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and Roundstone Native Seed. SGI seeks to integrate research, consultation, education, and grants to create innovative solutions to address the complex issues facing Southeastern grasslands.

Fire Festival – Sewee Outpost

Attend or Volunteer!

On Saturday, March 23rd, you’re invited to bring the family to the Awendaw Green and Sewee Outpost for a free event showcasing how controlled burns are making our communities safer and restoring native forests.  For more information about attending click here.
The Nature Conservancy and other groups are once again having the Fire Festival, this time at an area around the Sewee Outpost. If you would like to volunteer to help direct traffic, welcome attendees, and help count attendee numbers, please email, Ed Siggelko, The Nature Conservancy, SC Chapter, State Volunteer Coordinator, at ed.siggelko@tnc.org.

Invitation from South Carolina Aquarium

YOU’RE INVITED TO

Holland Lifelong Learning Finale 
& Annual Watershed Dinner 

Friday, March 22
Finale: 6 – 7:30 p.m. | The American Theater
Dinner: 7:30 – 10 p.m. | The William Aiken House

What does the future of ocean exploration look like? What will we discover in this alien world? Will colonizing the ocean become a reality?

Explore these questions and more with ocean conservationist, Fabien Cousteau, at the Holland Lifelong Learning Finale. As the first grandchild of famed explorer, Jacques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau has grown up with an innate connection to the marine world. A pioneer in his own right, Fabien is a filmmaker, scientist and aquanaut “dedicated to protecting the Earth’s waters and its inhabitants for our next generation.”

Join Fabien and an esteemed group of experts as they shed light on the deepest, darkest parts of our oceans, then enjoy an open bar, delicious food and live music at the Watershed Dinner.

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