Fort Johnson Marine Science Seminar

On Friday, November 1, at 4:00 pm at Fort Johnson, Felicia Sanders will give a talk on shorebird conservation.  I recently walked the Dewees Beach with Felicia, comparing Western Sandpipers with Sanderlings, and learned the really disturbing fact that some of these birds are on track to become extinct in our lifetimes:

Many shorebirds undertake fantastic migrations each year from nesting grounds in the Arctic to wintering sites as far south as the southern tip of South America. South Carolina is an important stop over and wintering site for thousands of these long distance fliers. Recent surveys suggest that many of once common species are declining at alarming rates. Local, regional and hemispheric level conservation efforts are necessary to link and protect key roosting and feeding sites. This presentation will highlight shorebird natural history and research as well as conservation efforts in South Carolina.

Felicia Sanders is a Duke University graduate with a BS in Biology and a Clemson University graduate with a MS in Biology. She has worked for 10 years on land birds for US Forest Service and a Research Station, mostly in Florida. Since 2001, Felicia is the Coastal Bird Project Coordinator for South Carolina Department of Natural Resources focusing on seabird and shorebird conservation.  Work on shorebirds has taken her to the Arctic the last 2 summers to the nesting grounds of species that spend the non-breeding season on South Carolina beaches.

Title:                 Migratory Shorebirds in South Carolina

Speaker:           Felicia Sanders, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Time:                Friday, November 1, 2013, 4 PM

Place:               Auditorium, MRRI/SCDNR at Fort Johnson