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SC Breeding Bird Survey Route Volunteers Needed!

Hello Bird Enthusiasts!

As SC state coordinator for the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) I’d like to send a call out to see if any of you are interested in volunteering to run one or more available BBS routes. We have several vacant routes in SC-13 in the Southeastern coastal plain and 4 in the Piedmont. A map of available routes and information about the BBS can be found here https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm#.

For anyone not familiar with the BBS, each route consists of 50 three-minute stops at 0.5 mile intervals along a 24.5 mile route. All the stops are roadside. Each route is conducted once a year between mid May to late June. The survey starts 30 minutes before sunrise and is typically finished in about 4 hours. Volunteers need to be able to identify all the anticipated breeding bird species in the area by sight and sound; most birds detected will only be by their vocalizations. The BBS prefers if volunteers are willing to commit to running a route for at least 3 years when possible.

If you are interested in volunteering, or have any additional questions, please let me know.

Thanks!

Amy Tegeler ~ SCDNR Bird Conservation Coordinator

SC BBS Coordinator 803-521-2119 TegelerA@dnr.sc.gov

Photo by Keith McCullough

CCPRC’s Education Team has a need for beach volunteers in May!

Charleston County Park’s Education Department has a need for volunteers on the following days:

  • May 15, 9:30-12:30 at Folly Beach County Park
  • May 22, 11-1:30 at Beachwalker County Park
  • May 25, 9:00-12:00 at Folly Beach County Park

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 at http://www.ccprc.com/1655/Volunteer.

SCDNR is seeking more volunteers this week ~ May 8th -May 13th!

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is seeking more help to post bird nesting signs on Deveaux Bank Seabird Sanctuary near Seabrook Island and Botany Bay this Monday, May 8. They will boat to the island from Rockville in the morning and will need help carrying posts, using a drill to put signs up to protect bird nests. If you are capable and interested please email Felicia Sanders at SandersF@dnr.sc.gov and let her know you are available. Then Felicia will contact you.

Red knot trapping (round 2)

This Thursday (May 11) through Saturday (May 13)  SCDNR will attempt to capture red knots at Deveaux Bank as they feed on horseshoe crab eggs. If they are able to trap, they need help setting up nets, carrying gear and if successful banding red knots. Trapping attempts are very long days so you need to be available all day starting early in the morning. This will include boating to the site.

If you are capable and interested please email Felicia at SandersF@dnr.sc.gov and let her know what day(s) you are available. Then Felicia will be in touch as plans finalize.

Volunteer to help trap Red Knots (Potential) ~ April 28th -May 2nd

Friday (April 28th ) through Tuesday (May 2nd) tides are high enough to trap red knots. SC Department of Natural Resources are not certain that they will find an ideal site, but wanted to solicit help in case they do. Knots are concentrated at Captain Sam’s inlet so we will probably trap at Kiawah, Seabrook or Deveaux Bank. If they are able to trap, they will need help setting up nets, carrying gear and if successful – banding red knots. Trapping attempts are very long days so you need to be available all day, starting early in the morning. If you are interested please email SandersF@dnr.sc.gov and let her know what day you are available. Felicia will be in touch if they find an ideal trapping site.

Felicia Sanders / Wildlife Biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/species/coastalbirds/

Beach Program Volunteers needed in May to assist CCPRC’s Education Team

The Charleston County Park Education Department has a need for volunteers on the following days:

  • May 5th, 10:30-12:30 at Beachwalker County Park
  • May 15, 9:30-12:30 at Folly Beach County Park
  • May 22, 11-1:30 at Beachwalker County Park
  • May 25, 9:00-12:00 at Folly Beach County Park

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 at http://www.ccprc.com/1655/Volunteer.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Bulls Bay Nature Festival ~ May 20th 2017

The Seewee Center needs volunteers for the 5th Annual Bulls Bay Nature Festival – From the Forest to the Sea. Volunteers will help with checking people in, guiding them to activities, taking photos of the activities, etc. Here is a list of what is available.

For more information about the festival, please click this link!

Volunteers should contact Gina McQuilken at gina_mcquilken@yahoo.com or 860-961-6019

Volunteer Opportunities abound at the NMEA 2017 Conference ~ June 25th -29th 2017

Love the ocean? Love education? Love people?

You’d be a great volunteer for the NMEA 2017 Annual Conference in Charleston, SC.

The South Carolina Marine Educators Association (SCMEA) is thrilled to host the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) conference in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, June 25th – Thursday, June 29th at the Charleston Marriott (170 Lockwood Blvd.). SCMEA and NMEA strive to improve and expand marine and aquatic education opportunities in South Carolina and across the nation.

Please fill out the application by Friday, May 26th to request your spot to volunteer during this FIN-tastic opportunity!

To submit volunteer application go to volunteer.nmea2017.org

Please share with colleagues and friends that you think will be interested in helping out!

Click here to see volunteer flyer Hope to SEA you there!

To learn more about this conference explore (www.nmea2017.org)

For more information, please contact:

Marni Friedman, Volunteer Committee Co-Chair mfriedman@nmea2017.org

Jackie Wong, Volunteer Committee Co-Chair jwong@nmea2017.org

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.

Volunteers Needed for Summer Bat Surveys!!

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 kindelj@dnr.sc.gov

 

Train to volunteer as an Audubon Shorebird Steward this Friday January 24th 2017!!

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.

Trainings to take place at James Island County Park and registration is required. Please visit this link for more information! or see this Flyer Advertisement for 2017 Steward Training

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 nschillerstrom@audubon.org or 630-290-1350

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