College of Charleston puts on a “Darwin Week” each year with speakers and lectures, open to the public, thought this might be of interest to some of our members. Here is the website link.
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!
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 email@example.com.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
10:00am – 12:30pm
Ravanel, South Carolina
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Volunteers will be asked to register with the Park’s volunteer system.
Jennifer Kindel, with the SC Department of Natural Resources, will be conducting targeted mist netting at properties in Beaufort, Charleston and Greenville Counties. The goal is to capture northern long-eared bats (any Myotid bat or tri-colored bat capture will be useful). Jennifer would like to have local volunteer help to record data, assist in decontamination to avoid the spread of White-nose Syndrome in bats, and help raising and lowering the nets. No volunteer handling of bats is permitted unless the volunteer has up-to-date rabies shots, but it will be a great opportunity to see these wonderful creatures and be part of an important research project. During the 2016 season, 106 individuals of eight different bat species were captured, and other nocturnal creatures encountered included Southern Flying Squirrels, Luna Moths and Polyphemus Silkmoths.
Starting at the end of May through early August 2017, sites to be netted include Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve, Tom Yawkey Heritage Preserve, Watson-Cooper Heritage Preserve, and Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve. This involves being on site in the evening for set-up and netting until 2:00 AM and then clean-up (decontamination of nets, ropes, clothing and other materials).
Interested persons should contact Jennifer Kindel at email@example.com
Be trained to “beach” with a purpose. Help protect nesting & resting coastal birds by being an Audubon Shorebird Steward this spring and summer. Educate beach goers, help count nests and chicks, all while hanging out at the beach! This training will give you a knowledge base and protocol for being an Audubon Shorebird Steward.
January 27, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:15 pm
February 11, 2017
2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
If you have any questions please contact Nolan Schillerstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-290-1350
You might be interested in helping with a new Audubon South Carolina citizen science initiative called Climate Watch. Stemming from the National Audubon Society’s 2014 climate report – which found that half of U.S. birds are threatened by climate change by the year 2080 – Climate Watch will feature on-the-ground surveys to help groundtruth the predictions of the climate models in this report. Read more about Climate Watch here: http://www.audubon.org/conservation/climate-watch-pilot-program .
Surveys will focus on species that are easy to identify and show a high degree of habitat loss (or gain) based on this report. In 2017, we’ll be focusing on Eastern Bluebirds in South Carolina. I’ve been working with the Charleston Audubon chapter to set up surveys in our area, and I’m looking for a few more volunteers to help out. If interested, you would simply go out one morning during the survey window and stop at 12 predetermined points and conduct a five-minute count of all of the Eastern Bluebirds (and any other species that you’re able to identify) seen and heard at each point. This will hopefully be a fun, easy way to get out and count birds as part of an important census!
The one catch is that the first survey window is here (January 15th – 30th); if you are interested, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can work with you to determine the best area to survey. If you are interested but can’t participate this January, let me know as we will be conducting surveys again during the breeding season (June 2017).
If you have questions or ideas, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from you soon!
Education Manager at Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest
Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup: February 4, 2017 — Join PalmettoPride and the USDA Forest Service with help from Palmetto Conservation Foundation as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of their most popular cleanup event.
Filbin Creek Clean Up: February 11, 2017 — Save & Beautify Charleston County’s estuary Filbin Creek by helping them pick up trash and pull out debris.
“Some of nature’s most exquisite handiwork is on a miniature scale, as anyone knows who has applied a magnifying glass to a snowflake.”
We know there isn’t too much snow to view in South Carolina, but we liked the quote and wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday.
Best Wishes for a New Year filled with all the goodness nature has to offer. ~Your friends with the Coastal Master Naturalist Association.
SAVE THE DATE now on your shiny new 2017 calendars! Come mingle with fellow graduates of the Charleston Master Naturalist program 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 to follow – Be on the lookout for a Sign-up Genius email for this event!