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Advanced Training – Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission

Summer is here!  Are you in need of advanced training hours or general nature enrichment? Here are CCPRC’s upcoming programs that count as Master Naturalist Advanced Training opportunities. These are registration-required programs. If you are interested in these programs, please register ASAP. If they do not meet minimum requirements (which are kept low) they cancel three days prior to the program date. To register online, follow the link to CCPRC’s registration area. Click on the “Cultural and Natural History’ tab to find these offerings OR call (843)795-4386 and simply reference the course number to the Program Services Agent. The Master Naturalist instructors hope to see you in the field soon!

Sunrise Canoeing At Caw Caw
Glide silently past feeding herons and witness features hidden to trail-bound visitors by canoeing Caw Caw’s waterways. These interpretive paddles offer a unique look into the ecology of the Lowcountry. Trained naturalists will enlighten you to the cultural and natural history of the area, citing important connections to the past, present, and future.

Tuesday 7-24 from 6:00 – 9:00am

Fees: $30.00

To register: https://online.activecommunities.com/charleston/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp?UseLink=true&Course=true&aid=1501

Course Number: 56254

Folly Beach Bird Walks (TWO dates)
From inlet to inlet, birding experts help participants explore the wonderfully diverse areas of Folly Beach. Our spotting scope will help you see shorebirds, seabirds, songbirds, and raptors too.

Friday 7-13 from 8:30-10:30am at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve : Course number 56072

Friday 8-10 from 8:30-10:30am at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve : Course number 56073

Fees: $7.00

To register: https://online.activecommunities.com/charleston/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp?UseLink=true&Course=true&aid=2293

Nature Rambles- Jaunt Around Johns Island County Park
Join a Master Naturalist instructor to see the natural wonders of our parks in a new light. You’ll discover plants and animals and learn about their connections to the world around them.

Thursday 7-19 from 8:30- 10:30am at Johns Island County Park

Fees: $7.00

To register: https://online.activecommunities.com/charleston/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp?UseLink=true&Course=true&aid=2286

Course number: 56429

Advanced Training: May 17, 2018 CCPRC presents “Nature Soundscape: How To Really Tune In”

A training opportunity designed with you in mind!

Advanced training opportunities provide exposure and skill development in areas such as natural history, natural resource management, and nature interpretation. In order to keep your Master Naturalist certification current, you must take at least eight hours of advanced training per year.

Nature´s Soundscape: How to Really Tune In

Hearing is often the best sense to use for experiencing certain facets of our environment, and every place has its own unique sounds. Hone listening skills to enhance your connection to the natural world.

Thursday  05-17-2018  9:00AM – 3:00PM   Caw Caw Interpretive Center  Fees: $50.00  Registration requiredlink to register

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

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

 

Advanced Training Opportunity – Plants the Permaculture Way ~ December 3rd and 4th 2016

Surplus Permaculture Design is offering a course where you can gain techniques to help identify and use local trees and plants, come to an understanding of their significance in the landscape and practice using these plants for food, medicine and utility.  You will also study how natural plants form guilds and communities and how these structures can be utilized or replicated to provide for many of needs. For more information and/or to register, please visit this link!

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Zugunruhefest – Center for Birds of Prey ~ September 15-17 2016

Introducing Zugunruhefest – the Southeast’s most comprehensive migration-focused birding festival. Zugunruhe (zu – gun – rue) is a German word derived from Zug (move, migration) and Unruhe (restlessness). This state of restlessness is commonly noted in migratory animals, especially birds. As fall approaches and instincts prevail, birds are compelled by this silent call to take flight to their wintering grounds. As part of the Atlantic Flyway, the Lowcountry serves as a predictable thoroughfare for migrating raptors and shore birds during fall migration passage. Exploiting the Center’s strategic location, Zugunruhefest will afford numerous opportunities for observers, both novice and advanced, to experience fall migration from an exceptional vantage point. In addition to onsite vendors and children’s activities, the festival will include three days filled with naturalists, ornithologists, and educators leading bird walks, flight demonstrations, informative lectures and programs, and more. The festival will culminate with a panel of avian experts in a round-table discussion and reception. Significantly, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which provides over-arching legal protection for all migratory birds, is marking its Centennial this year, a fitting context and milestone to recognize as we celebrate the wonders of migration.

When: Thursday – Saturday, September 15 – 17, 2016

Where: Avian Conservation Center/Center for Birds of Prey, 4719 North Highway 17, Awendaw, SC 29429. Bird walks, field trips and excursions will take place in additional locations throughout the Lowcountry.

Admission: Fees vary depending on activities chosen. For a complete schedule of activities with pricing, please visit www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org/zugunruhefest or call 843.971.7474 to have a schedule emailed to you.  

**There are a few volunteer opportunities available if you are interested in manning an education table, please call Emily Davis at 330-607-5914

Day by Day Details

Event Schedule

Round-table-flyer

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The Coastal Geology and Ecology of South Carolina Lecture ~September 6th 2016

The coastal geology of South Carolina is complex, formed by the combined processes of sea level rise, sediment supply, waves, and tides. This presentation consists of two parts. Part I describes the general processes and landforms of the coast, explaining the history of how the South Carolina coast evolved and how processes such as waves, tides, sediment supply, and sea level rise have combined to produce the modern coastal features such as barrier islands, deltas, estuaries, tidal flats, and salt marshes. Discussion of the impacts of hurricanes, changes in sediment supply that are both natural and man-made, the beach cycle, and methods to control erosion is included. Part II describes in more detail the coastal geomorphology of each of four compartments: the Grand Strand; the Delta Region; the Barrier Islands; and the Low Country. Explanations are provided for key features of the coast such as Carolina bays, capes, barrier islands, and tidal inlets.

This lecture will be given by Drs. Miles O. Hayes and Jacqueline Michel, on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 from 4:30 – 5:30m SSM 129, College of Charleston (202 Calhoun St.) Signed copies of their book, A Coast for All Seasons: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Coast of South Carolina, will be available for purchase at $20.

A Coast for All Seasons

 

 

 

Crabbers Needed for a developing Diamondback Terrapin Study!!

Diamondback terrapins are the only exclusively estuarine turtle found in North American and in South Carolina, they are listed as a “high priority” species for conservation in the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy.

Dr. Michael D. Arendt, Assistant Marine Scientist at the SC Department of Natural Resources is still looking for folks that would be interested in participating in a Bycatch Reduction Device (BRD) evaluation study. He is looking for both commercial and recreational blue crabbers to help test out BRDs on crab traps. Please visit this link to fill out a short survey OR feel free email him at mailto:ArendtM@dnr.sc.gov or call 843-953-9097 for more information.

Another way you can help out this research, if you are not a crabber, is to act as a citizen scientist and become familiar with the Diamonback Terrapin Reporting Form. Use it as often as you can, along with telling others about it! Click here for access to this form! and for more general information about these amazing reptiles click on this link!

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Free Workshop on Communicating about Climate Change ~ Friday September 9th 2016

Hosted by ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve and SC Department of Natural Resources, this workshop will provide a review of climate change causes and impacts and introduce participants to the elements of strategic framing of varying climate change topics. The workshop takes place from 8:30am to 12pm at the Fort Johnson Marine Research Resource Institute Indoor Classroom and it aims to increase participants’ confidence in their ability to communicate climate change issues in an efficient manner. The event is free to the public, but space is limited. Click on the following link to Email mailto:DNRCTP@dnr.sc.gov for more information and to register.

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Join SCDNR for a Shorebird/Seabird Workshop ~ April 5th 10am – 3 pm

This workshop will be held at the SCDNR Marine Resource Division auditorium at Ft. Johnson and is open to everyone. There will be presentations and time to meet others interested in coastal bird conservation. More details to follow. Please email Felicia Sanders SandersF@dnr.sc.gov if you are interested in attending and would like to receive updated agenda and information.

Topics

  • Seabird nesting status in SC
  • Protection of nesting and roosting areas (how to get signs, help post areas, etc.)
  • Least terns nesting on roofs
  • International shorebird surveys (ISS) – methods and SC summary
  • Resighting banded shorebirds
  • Results of shorebird research in SC
  • Volunteer opportunities

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