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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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Volunteer for winter cleanups with Palmetto Pride

Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup: February 4, 2017 — Join PalmettoPride and the USDA Forest Service with help from Palmetto Conservation Foundation as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of their most popular cleanup event.

 Filbin Creek Clean Up: February 11, 2017 — Save & Beautify Charleston County’s estuary Filbin Creek by helping them pick up trash and pull out debris.

Visit this link for more details!!

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Volunteers Needed for Sea Islands Bird Count!! January 4th 2017

Help out and hone skills by participating in the 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count!! Volunteers are needed for the Sea Island CBC that will be held on Wednesday January 4th 2017. If you are interested in participating in this count (which includes Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Wadmalaw Island and much of John’s Island – please contact Aaron Given at mailto:agiven@kiawahisland.org or call (843) 768-9166. With your help, the data will fuel important science and conservation work.

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Photo taken by Keith McCullough

Volunteer for a Christmas Bird Count!!

Audubon’s 117th Christmas Bird Count will take place Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 through Thursday, January 5th, 2017. Since the Christmas Bird count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteers like you. Please visit this link to learn more.

There are several counts that will take place in the Charleston area. Please visit this link for a searchable map view of the circles that are planned to be run near us (or far away if you are traveling) in the 117th CBC. The more volunteers that the area compilers can enlist, the greater the coverage they can provide to their count areas. It is a wonderful way to get time outdoors and gain your volunteer hours!

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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

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Wood Magic Forest Fair Volunteers Needed!!

Consider volunteering your time to help South Carolina’s students know the importance of forests and the forest industry to their everyday lives.

There will be three events this fall:

            Piedmont Forestry Center (Tamassee)-September 20-23

            Harbison State Forest (Columbia)-October 10-14

            Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center (Georgetown)-November 15-18

To conduct these programs they need approximately 30 volunteers each day to serve as guides, instructors, and helpers.  Each volunteer is given a t-shirt, lunch, and the satisfaction that they have helped provide the youth of our state an important pro-forestry experience.  

To sign up, first visit the WMFF instructors’ web site at http://www.state.sc.us/forest/woodmagic.htm to see what days and positions are available (this is updated weekly). You can also find lesson plans, driving directions, and other information at this site. Then contact Matt Schnabel, Assistand WMFF Coordinator at mschnabel@scfc.gov or 803-896-8892 to let him know for which days and positions you would like to volunteer. (Please note the above website is not where you sign up, but where you see what volunteer slots are still needing to be filled.

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Volunteers Needed for the Annual SC Coastal Raptor Migration Survey!!

Fall is rapidly approaching and that means one thing… Hawk Watch is back! The Center for Birds of Prey is recruiting volunteers for the annual South Carolina Coastal Raptor Migration Survey and would love your help! The survey runs September 1st through November 30th and standard observation hours are 10am-1pm, but observation beyond these hours is welcomed. Their goal is to have a shift leader (someone who is knowledgeable about raptor identification and has participated in a hawk program in the past) and at least one observer (anyone interested in participating, not necessarily an experienced birder). Protocols for Hawk Watch will be to complete the standard HMANA data sheet.

Please contact Audrey Poplin, Husbandry Coordinator and Educator at The Center for Birds of Prey at audrey.poplin@avianconservationcenter.org or call 843.971.7474

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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: http://bit.ly/1XNteyl

Please RSVP by following the link above.

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

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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 dougmcq000@yahoo.com.

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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 MartinMC@dnr.sc.gov 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: http://dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/species/coastalbirds/seabirds/leastterns.html

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