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Volunteer Opportunity at Caw Caw Interpretive Center – Caterpillars Count!

We have a fledgling Caterpillars Count! survey site at Caw Caw.

Caterpillars Count! is a citizen science project for measuring the seasonal variation, also known as phenology, and abundance of arthropods like caterpillars, beetles, and spiders found on the foliage of trees and shrubs. The data you collect on the abundance and phenology of caterpillars and other insects during the growing season (spring and summer) is used by researchers to relate trends in arthropod populations to bird population trends in those same areas, and to better understand how changes in climate and land use impact the plants and animals around us.

Join us as we conduct surveys every Thursday in May starting at 10:45 am. (May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31)

A complete survey consists of looking at 50 leaves on each designated tree or shrub. There are 50 trees and shrubs specified around Caw Caw from the classroom area to Laurel Hill area.

found on Caterpillars Count! survey

We are organizing and training volunteers to survey either with this group or on their own.  This opportunity will continue all spring and summer. You can participate as often as you want.  Please come and join us counting the arthropods.  This is a great way to volunteer for a citizen science project and to visit our wonderful Caw Caw Interpretive Center.

Contact Debbie Seabrook at debbieseabrook13@gmail.com for more information or just show up!

 

 

Volunteer Opportunity – Beach Program Volunteers needed on May 25 from 8:45-11:00 at Folly Beach County Park

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

The Education Department of the Charleston County Parks is requesting Beach Program Volunteers on May 25 from 8:45-11:00 at Folly Beach County Park.

On May 25th approximately 200 middle schools students are scheduled to visit Folly Beach County Park to participate in seining programs. The Park’s ED team is requesting eight volunteers to assist in setting up for programs, pulling seine nets in the surf zone, and packing up supplies after class. Students will be divided into small groups and volunteers will be paired up with a Park educator. 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.

Seining at beach

 

Volunteer Opportunity – Congaree National Park Annual Synchronous Fireflies Event May 11 – 20, 2018

Congaree National Park’s Visitor Center will be open till 10pm from Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 20 for the annual synchronous fireflies event. They are expecting thousands of visitors and will need LOTS of volunteer assistance. They will need help with the following:
  • Law Enforcement rangers will need 4-6 volunteers every night to assist with traffic and parking
  • The Visitor Center will need 2-4 volunteers nightly
  • They will be creating a “Fireflies Trail” starting at the Picnic Shelter and will need 2-4 volunteers to be at the shelter and to rove the trail.
This is an all-hands event for the park staff and they will be getting assistance from other National Park Service sites and from the South Carolina State Park Service. Even with this help, volunteers are going to be essential to this event’s success. If you have been interested in volunteering at the park, now would be a good time to start. Contact Greg Cunningham (gregory_cunningham@nps.gov) if interested.

Dolphin Count April 28, 2018

Want to be a scientist for a day? Sign up for the Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network’s Dolphin Count on April 28, 2018.  Sign up here!

Research has shown that there is little awareness in the Charleston community about our local dolphin population. There are approximately 300 individual dolphins that call Charleston home year-round. The aim of this event is to give a general “snapshot” of the dolphin population in the Charleston Harbor over a short period of time. As well as gaining valuable research data, we hope this event will raise awareness about the conservation of our marine environment. Marine mammal experts and trained volunteers will be at each of the eleven (maybe more) stations to give instructions, lead counts and will be prepared to answer questions about dolphins. 

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.

 

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.

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

Share our Seas

Volunteer for Climate Watch with Audubon South Carolina

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! 

Best,

Matt Johnson

Education Manager at Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

843-462-2150 or mgjohnson@audubon.org

http://beidlerforest.audubon.org

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