Check your mailbox for the membership renewal that these great people put together today! There are a few changes; the waiver of liability form is included so that you can fill it out and it will be good for all events in 2019. There is a 2 sided survey for you to fill out, please give us feedback so we can be the best for you! If you ever have any suggestions or comments, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audubon South Carolina is helping with a research project involving shorebirds and human disturbance on the beach. The research is led by the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program. We are in the final stage of conducting surveys through this winter and need more volunteers with shorebird ID skills to help out! If you are interested in participating, please email Nolan Schillerstrom, Audubon’s Coastal Program Coordinator, at email@example.com and he will send you a quick questionnaire to place you on a survey. Surveys will be conducted at Folly Beach Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve and Sullivan’s Island and consist of spotting and recording sightings of Red Knot, Wilson’s Plover, Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, and Semipalmated Sandpiper as well as counting disturbances such as dogs (on and off leash), people (moving and stationary), boats, and aircraft. Feel free to call 843.459.BIRD (2473) with questions.
SAVE THE DATE now on your 2019 calendars for Sunday January 13th! Come mingle with fellow graduates of the Charleston Master Naturalist program, celebrate with the newly certified and meet members of the Board of Directors for the Coastal Master Naturalist Association. Enjoy an afternoon surrounded by your nature tribe full of like-minded individuals! The event will go on rain or shine! More details soon!
The Christmas Bird Count is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24 hour period on one calendar day to count birds. The 119th Christmas Bird Count will be conducted this year from Friday, December 14, 2018 through Saturday, January 5, 2019. Since the Christmas Bird count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteers like you! There are several counts that take place in the area….
- Four Holes Swamp on 12/17/18. Please contact Matthew Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Winyah Bay on 12/20/18. Please contact Lex Glover at email@example.com
- Sea Islands Christmas Bird Count on 1/4/19. Please contact Aaron Given at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Charleston on 1/5/19. Please contact Jennifer Tyrrell at email@example.com
https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count for more information and more count sites across South Carolina to consider.
College of Charleston Professor, Dr. Brian Scholtens has agreed to provide a “Lecture and Walk” on a damselflies, dragonflies and anything else we can see! Sunday November 4, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 pm.
Attention: if you want to observe a CMNA Board meeting, you are welcome to attend Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, at Johns Island Regional Library Meeting Room, 3531 Maybank Highway John’s Island, SC 29455.
Did you know that we have 3 related events coming up?!? The South Carolina Aquarium is hosting a training on Friday 9-4 and Friday evening at 5:30 SCDNR will provide a lecture and a space for us to have a lowcountry boil/potluck social at Fort Johnson Marine Lab. Then Saturday morning we will spend 2 hours 10-12 filling up bags with oyster shells to create new oyster habitat. Can you join us for one or all of these events?
There are sign up genius links to register for the events. These events are free but space is limited (and we need to know how much food we need) so PLEASE SIGN UP!
We’re excited to share that registration for the 2018 Stormwater Pond Management Conference is open!
The 2018 Stormwater Pond Management Conference will provide a forum to give the latest information, resources, and tools on stormwater pond management for the Lowcountry community. Format includes a plenary session, hands-on training, field tours, breakout sessions, and a Vendor Showcase and Ask-An-Expert tabling event. Lunch and morning refreshments are included. Continuing education credits are available.
DATE: November 14, 2018
LOCATION: Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Avenue, Building 920, Charleston, SC 29423
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Stormwater pond owners/HOA representatives, property management professionals, and pond management professionals
TO REGISTER: www.ashleycooper.org
Registration closes November 9, 2018.
As part of this year’s conference, we’re offering complimentary registration to 30 pond owners/HOA representatives in the Tri-County. Limit one representative per HOA. To apply, please encourage community members to visit the conference website for more details.
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.
CMNA is creating our own LOGO. We need a logo that identifies us and separates us from the other Master Naturalist Associations in SC.
Can you send us your ideas for a logo? What would you like to see in the logo? Email your ideas in a few words to CoastalMasterNaturalists@gmail.com.
We are looking for a word description, not finished logos; with the idea of incorporating these suggestions into the final logo.
Here are some examples from other associations: