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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.

 

Volunteer Opportunities at Charleston Waterkeeper’s

Charleston Waterkeeper’s mission is to protect, promote, and restore the quality of Charleston’s waterways while ensuring the public’s right to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. 

Help out with some upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

January 27, 2018 Shell Bagging w/ SCORE

Join Charleston Waterkeeper’s to help DNR’s South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement (SCORE) Program prep bags of oyster shell for building reefs this year! Everyone should wear closed-toed shoes (no crocs or flip flops!) and clothes you do not mind getting a little dirty. SCORE will provide water, gloves, sunscreen, first aid and bug spray. SCORE will have cups for water but encourage volunteers to be eco-friendly and bring a refillable bottle.

February 3, 2018 Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup

PalmettoPride and the USDA Forest Service are hosting the 11th Annual Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup on Saturday, February 3. Join us in helping out!

Keep checking out the Volunteer Calendar at Charleston Waterkeepers for more opportunities!

Shorebird Steward Training at Caw Caw, February 20, 2018 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Shorebird Stewards is a program that engages a growing group of volunteers to protect coastal birds. Volunteers patrol high-traffic beaches where birds are on a collision course with weekend crowds and help visitors share the shore with birds.At the training, you’ll be introduced to shorebird and seabird species and learn how to approach someone on the beach to talk about shorebird conservation.   To register contact Nolan Schillerstrom at nschillerstrom@audubon.org.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
10:00am – 12:30pm
Ravanel, South Carolina

View SC Audubon post here

 

Beach Program Volunteer needed on March 30th from 10:00-2:00 at Isle of Palms County Park

Under the supervision of the Education department, the beach program volunteer will assist in the implementation of marine science school field trips. This may include, but is not limited to: setting up for beach programs, pulling seine nets in the surf zone, assisting in the 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 work 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.