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Volunteers needed for winter shorebird surveys!

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 nschillerstrom@audubon.org  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.

CMNA Semi-Annual Meeting & Graduation Celebration – Sunday January 13th 2019 2-5pm

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!

Members invited to CMNA Board of Directors Meeting – November 7, 2018

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.

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

Three events: Friday and Saturday November 9 & 10, 2018 – Can you come?

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!

South Carolina Aquarium   Plastics and Flooding, SCDNR Lecture and Potluck, and Oyster shell bagging

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