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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.

SC Native Plant Forum – September 22, 2018

On Saturday, September 22nd, The South Carolina Native Plant Society and Magnolia Plantation & Gardens will present our 2018 Native Plant Forum – “Bringing Nature to Our Own Backyard“. From understanding how man and nature shaped the Lowcountry landscape to learning how to achieve harmony within and beyond our garden gates, this event offers something for everyone.

There are tours of the gardens, an exhibitor and vendor area and lectures to attend (advanced training hours for the lectures!)

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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

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
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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

Charleston County’s 17th Earth Day Festival ~ Saturday April 23rd 2016

The purpose of Charleston County’s Annual Earth Day Festival is to educate Lowcountry residents about environmental issues in a celebratory atmosphere. The festival is a hands-on science-based interactive experience, designed to encourage participants of all ages to develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues. Earth Day was established in 1970 and is now celebrated by a half-billion people around the world. We are doing our part locally by celebrating with families, students, and environmental partners. Our theme this year is “Be Earth Smart”

It’s FUN. And it’s FREE! All festival activities and parking are free and there may still be volunteer opportunities. Click here for more details.

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Certified Interpretive Guide Workshop ~ February 2-5, 2016

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation, is offering a professional certification course for individuals who will be delivering interpretive programs or having public contact at interpretive sites.  The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the public. It combines both the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors. This 32-hour course includes:

  • history, definition, and principles of interpretation
  • making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic
  • using tangible objects to connect audiences to intangible ideas and universal concepts in interpretive programs
  • presentation and communication skills
  • certification requirements (open book exam; program outline; 10-min. presentation)
  • all materials, workbook, and CIG course textbook

For more details visit this link!

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Barry Lopez ~ Premier Nature Writer ~ September 10th 2015

The Avian Conservation Center/Center for Birds of Prey is honored to host the nation’s premier natural history writer, Barry Lopez, for the author’s first visit to Charleston. Readers of Barry Lopez praise his unparalleled insight into the natural world and all its residents, expressed in a tone of spellbinding intimacy

Barry Lopez is best known as the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award. Among his other nonfiction books are About This Life and Of Wolves and Men, which was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of several award-winning works of fiction, including Field Notes, Winter Count, and a novella-length fable, Crow and Weasel. All of his works reflect a life of travel and cultural inquiry that has taken him to nearly seventy countries. Barry Lopez has, in his own words, “an unquenchable desire to immerse myself in landscapes still owned by their resident animals.”

Robert Mcfarlane of the San Francisco Guardian says of Lopez’ work, it’s “as though Lopez has gripped you by the shoulder and pressed binoculars to your eyes.” He speaks on the topics of stewardship, philosophy, and morality as they pertain to nature and humanity. Mcfarlane describes Lopez’ viewpoint eloquently saying, “the stern curve of a mountain slope, a nest of wet stones on a beach, the bent trunk of a wind-blown tree: these abstract shapes can call out in us a goodness we might not have known we possessed.”

The program will run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the Charleston Museum located at 360 Meeting Street and includes the presentation and a reception and book signing with the author. Admission is $20 per person, $10 for students with a valid ID. Space is limited and advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Reservations can be made at this link online or by calling 843.971.7474

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The Lower Savannah River Alliance presents the 2nd Annual Kite Outing on July 25, 2015

8am meet at Lower Savannah River Alliance Educational Center, 12049 Burton’s Ferry Highway, Allendale , SC 29810

8:30am guided tour of Allendale Kite Field

11:30 am Guest Speaker: John Cely: Author, Naturalist, One of the Founding Fathers of Congaree National Park

12:30pm Lunch

All for $30.00

Afternoon, self-guided, hike LSRA Nature Trail and/or additional Kite Field. For more information contact: Catherine Campbell at 803 584 4207 or ccampb5@clemson.edu.

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Swallow-tailed Kites – photo taken at Caw Caw Interpretive Center by Keith McCullough

Charleston Audubon to host a Bio-Blitz ~ May 16-17, 2015

Join the Bio-Blitz Team at McAlhany Nature Preserve (MNP) for some amazing citizen science work! The Nature Preserve has a vast diversity of organisms and habitats on the 367 acre property. The purpose of the Bio-Blitz is to involve specialists in all areas of biology to document the biodiversity and to provide a comprehensive flora and fauna species list. The Bio-Blitz will begin at 9 am Saturday (May 16th) and continue through Sunday (May 17th) ending around 5pm. Participants are welcome to campout at MNP which has numerous tent sites available.

Please RSVP to Brian Reid at bkrcoach@yahoo.com with the number of people who will be attending and to give them a feel for the type of biodiversity you feel comfortable inventorying (e.g. birds, terrestrial plants, aquatic plants, aquatic insects, butterflies, moths, reptiles, amphibians, etc).

For more info, visit the Facebook event page.

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