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Volunteer as an Audubon Shorebird Steward!

An Audubon Shorebird Steward is a volunteer who will educate beach goers about shorebirds and seabirds that use the beach. There is a lot of information about beach birds that is unknown to the general public. This program is a strategy to reduce human disturbances to nesting and migrating birds as well as enlighten the beach going public about this often overlooked yet fascinating group of birds. To become a shorebird steward this summer, you MUST attend a training session.

The next training session:

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Date: Saturday, April 30

Location: Caw Caw Interpretive Center, 5200 Savannah Highway, Ravenel, SC 29470

Training sign up:

Please RSVP by following the link above.

If you are interested but cannot make it to this training, please email to request a separate training time.

2016 Steward Training

Share our Seas

Volunteers Needed for the Bulls Bay Nature Festival ~ May 21st 2016

The Seewee Center needs volunteers for the Bulls Bay Nature Festival on May 21st. Volunteers will help with checking people in, guiding them to activities, taking photos of the activities, etc. Here is a list of the activities that are planned. BBNF Activity Descriptions 2016-Draft

For more information about the festival please click this link.

Volunteers should contact Gina McQuilken at (860-961-6019)  or


Volunteers needed to help monitor Least Terns nesting sites!!

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources currently needs help monitoring Least Terns nesting on rooftops in the area. Volunteers would be responsible for visiting the site at least once a week (or more if you can) at any time of day and recording observations using a designated form (observations are made from the ground  – no one goes on the roof). Observation details include: looking for behavior like fish carrying, flushing from the roof, etc.  When chicks have hatched and are mobile, volunteers will walk around the building looking for chicks on the ground, catch them, and get them back on the roof (this is an important component).  All chick catching equipment and ways to return chicks to roof will be provided and discussed. 

If anyone is available to volunteer, please call  Mary-Catherine Martin (SCDNR Wildlife Biologist) at or 843-509-4845. She would be glad for folks to do a nesting site visit with her to see if this is something they can volunteer to do. For further info, visit this link:

Least Tern

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is seeking volunteers!!

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is seeking volunteers with Naturalist skills to work with a series of Children’s programs for ages 7-12.  The series of four classes will take place at Tiedemann Nature Center (downtown Charleston) 4-5pm on Tuesdays in May and Mondays in September.   Activities include building toad abodes, taking a closer look at the connections between insects and plants, getting an up close look with carnivorous plants and making seed paper. Volunteers will work alongside staff and a background check is required.  For more information please contact Neves Richards, the Volunteer and Community Events Director with the Charleston Parks Conservancy at or 843 224-4581

CHS Parks

SCORE Volunteer Opportunity ~ Saturday April 16th 2016

Join SCORE for their annual Earth Day event at Ft. Johnson. The tides are right for a reef build and for added incentive, the 16th is also the last day of National Volunteer Week!

Here are the details: Saturday, 4/16/15, 9:30 am – 11:30 am Ft. Johnson, Charleston, SC

SCORE also has availability for groups in June and July. If your company or organization is looking for a service opportunity, please contact us at to set an event up. They can work with organizations of all sizes. No group is too large or small.

SCORE has other events this month and in the coming months that they could use extra hands at. Volunteer opportunities can be found here. If you would like to join them for any event, please RSVP to so they may plan accordingly. Some events may be limited to the number of volunteers that they can accommodate so it is important that they are aware if you plan to attend. For any event, closed-toed shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty are a must!! They will provide water, gloves, sunscreen, and bug spray. They will have single use cups for water but encourage volunteers to be eco-friendly and bring a refillable bottle. Also, be sure to share this email with friends and family via the links provided above! We are hoping for a large turnout! The SCORE team is looking forward to seeing everyone on the shoreline this spring!

SCORE Program ~ South Carolina Department of Natural Resources ~ (843) 953-9842




Morris Island Beach Cleanup ~ Saturday April 16th 2016

Morris Island is an iconic place known for its beautiful natural environment and historic lighthouse, yet the island is inundated with marine debris and plastic pollution. Join the Coastal Conservation League, Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Charleston Waterkeeper, and the South Carolina Aquarium on Saturday, April 16, at 8:30 AM to help clean up the island. Tideline Tours and Atlantic Breeze are donating transportation to and from the island for participants without a boat and those spaces are already full. If you do have your own boat, feel free to join this stewardship event. The clean up is expected to last around three hours.

Let’s help the island not look like this…..

Morris Island


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.


Volunteers Needed for Horseshoe Crab Beach Surveys!

SCDNR can use your help with their annual Horseshoe Crab beach survey in Beaufort County, SC, where they’ll be performing mark-recapture tagging and population surveys of spawning horseshoe crab populations.  They will be performing these surveys the day of, and the day after full and new moon high tides in May and June at three sites per night. This will stretch their team a bit thin, and in order to sample an appropriate amount of sites, they will be relying on the help of volunteers to assist the effort!

They will need about nine to twelve volunteers per evening as they plan to have three, 4 -5 person crews/evening at different sites on St. Helena and Hilton Head Islands.  Crews will enjoy a nightly walk on the beach (500 meter transect counting and identifying sex of Horseshoe Crabs), and, on the first night of the two night set, hands-on animal interaction (tagging of Horseshoe Crabs)! Volunteers will be required to wear close-toed shoes or boots, and be prepared to survey in water up to the thigh or waist.

If this sounds like it suits your fancy, please visit this survey monkey link to sign up for days and sites.  Please notice that there are additional opportunities in late May to help their birder friends from Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries with the same surveys in Bulls Bay.  The slots will be first come first serve, if they get enough interest.  Sign up deadline is 4/8/2016!  Stephen Czwartacki, SCDNR Wildlife Biologist, will send all who sign up, an email with more details once the results are in.  Please feel free to contact him with any questions at (843) 953-9068 or


A Call for Help from SCDNR about Bat Monitoring

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has partnered with Clemson University, University of NC at Greensboro and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to initiate in-state acoustic bat monitoring within the NABat framework.

The purpose is to standardize some bat monitoring across the continent to gather trend data and to answer some local questions as well. Basically, USGS laid out a grid system over North America and then randomly numbered the grids or cells. Low numbered grids are the highest priority sites for sampling (so you don’t get to choose grids you’d like to sample although that sort of sampling can be added on). Last year was the first year of the project and sampling was good but they would like even better coverage this year!

Ben Neece, is the graduate student implementing the NABat acoustic sampling in SC and he needs cooperating landowners for establishment of point counts in some selected cells . The goal is also to get the most bat diversity in that area (so setting up on forest edge or area where several community types merge is useful). If you know of any properties in any of the cells mapped and could help them get permission to use the location, it would be extremely helpful to the project. Ben directs people to the map page on his site . He is also looking for volunteers to help set up and take down point counts (set up on day and taken down 4 days later). Sampling starts in May at the SE coast and then works north and inland, ending in July in the upstate. Please contact Benjamin Neece if you think you can help out!



BioBlitz ~ May 20-21st 2016 ~ Congaree National Park

BioBlitz is a biological inventory in which teams of volunteers, each led by a subject matter expert, find and identify as many species as possible within a 24-hour period. The Wings Across South Carolina Bird Bioblitz is part of a national celebration of biodiversity commemorating the centennial of the National Park Service. In addition to activities at National Park Service and State Park Service sites in South Carolina, additional BioBlitzes and biodiversity celebrations will be held in more than 100 national parks across the United States.

They are currently recruiting field biologists, naturalists, and volunteers to participate in the Wings Across South Carolina Bird Bioblitz. They are excited to have your help in documenting the state’s bird biodiversity and in sharing your knowledge about and enthusiasm for nature with students, teachers, and the general public.

Sign up here to serve as a scientist or naturalist during the Bioblitz in order to confirm your interest, availability, area of expertise, and other details. Registration will close April 22, 2016, so they have time to map out the schedule and location of inventory opportunities. The sooner you register, the better they are able to accommodate your needs and maximize your involvement with this great event.

Bio Blitz