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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

Members Invited to CMNA BOD meeting – Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. May 2, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Attention current CMNA members: if you want to observe a CMNA Board meeting, you are welcome to attend Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, at Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401.

We are looking for members who are interested in serving on the Board in the future; members who want to help with small projects; members who have ideas for training, events or volunteer opportunities.

Contact Debbie Seabrook for more information.

debbieseabrook13@gmail.com

Invasive Plant Hunt at Caw Caw Interpretive Center April 23, 2018

There are still two spots left for the Invasive Plant Hunt at Caw Caw Interpretive Center on April 23, 2018. Limited number of participants, so please email Debbie Seabrook at debbieseabrook13@gmail.com to get on the list.

We will begin with a brief lecture about invasive plant species and then a two hours of hunting and reducing the invasive plant species at CCIC (our tribe’s home away from home).  We will be organized into small groups and supervised by park staff for this event. There will be a scribe with each group to record data on types and numbers of plants located and treated.  After, please hang out for a BYOB (Bring Your Own BAG) lunch at the picnic shelter, if you can.

Dolphin Count April 28, 2018

Want to be a scientist for a day? Sign up for the Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network’s Dolphin Count on April 28, 2018.  Sign up here!

Research has shown that there is little awareness in the Charleston community about our local dolphin population. There are approximately 300 individual dolphins that call Charleston home year-round. The aim of this event is to give a general “snapshot” of the dolphin population in the Charleston Harbor over a short period of time. As well as gaining valuable research data, we hope this event will raise awareness about the conservation of our marine environment. Marine mammal experts and trained volunteers will be at each of the eleven (maybe more) stations to give instructions, lead counts and will be prepared to answer questions about dolphins. 

6th Annual Bulls Bay Nature Festival – From the Forest to the Sea, Saturday May 19, 2018

Get outside! Bulls Bay community federal and state organizations, schools and businesses come together once again to bring you the 6th annual Bulls Bay Nature Festival – From the Forest to the Sea.  Volunteer Opportunities for the Bulls Bay 2018 Nature Festival; to go to their sign up genius page click here.

Or mark you calendar to attend! More information on the event click here

Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network- Dolphin Count April 28, 2018

Dolphin Count is Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network’s first citizen scientist event, partnered with the SC Aquarium, to raise awareness about dolphins and LMMN. While the idea is to collect dolphin numbers, the main objective is community engagement and awareness.  Opportunities for assisting with the organization of the event are available, contact Lauren Rust <laurenbeddiarust@gmail.com>

Or mark your calendar and join the Count on April 28th!  More information click here.

CMNA Board of Directors Meeting – Members Invited

Attention current CMNA members: if you want to observe a CMNA Board meeting, you are welcome to attend Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, at Johns Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455.

We are looking for members who are interested in serving on the Board in the future; members who want to help with small projects; members who have ideas for training, events or volunteer opportunities.

Contact Debbie Seabrook for more information.

debbieseabrook13@gmail.com

Registration Open for Blue Wall Birding Festival

Fourth Annual Blue Wall Birding Festival, held in Upstate South Carolina, from May 3-6, 2018.
Landscape view of Table Rock Mountain
Table Rock State Park

This small festival is again being hosted by South Carolina State Parks, and is meant to showcase the great spring birding that the area has to offer, as well as the area’s fantastic state parks. Birders who attended any of the previous festivals or the Carolina Bird Club meeting at Clemson in 2015 can attest to the great birding that Upstate SC has to offer in the spring.

Festival field trips will include The SC Botanical Garden at Clemson, the Townville area, the Nine Times Preserve, Table Rock and Caesars Head State Parks, Lake Jocassee, and Lake Conestee Nature Park. New this year will be a workshop on birding by ear, and we’ll again this year include one butterfly-focused field trip. Participation will be capped at 50 birders. For more information, click the link below.

http://www.gcbirdclub.org/BlueWall.html

CCPRC Beach Program Volunteer wanted

The Education Department of the Charleston County Parks is requesting a Beach Program Volunteer on March 26, 2018, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Isle of Palms County Park.

Under the supervision of the Education Department the beach program volunteer will assist in the implementation of marine sciences programs.  This may include, but not ilimited to: setting up for beach programs, pulling seine netsin the surf zone, assisting in teaching of children, cleaning up after programs and assisting in the maintenance of beach program supplies.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of local marine fish and invertebrates
  • Knowledge of coastal processes
  • Knowledge of local flora found on South Carolina Barrier Islands
  • Ability to work with large groups of school children
  • Ability to function outdoors in a wide range of weather conditions
  • Ability to make competent decisions
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to our park visitors
  • Ability to follow instructions effectively and wour in a responsible and competent manner
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships

If interested please email Beth Burkett at bburkett@ccprc.com to sign up.  Volunteers will be asked to register with the Park’s volunteer system.