Our SC Shorebirds Need You!!!

The Training Session is Advanced Training and it opens a great Volunteer Opportunity for Master Naturalists to maintain their certification!

Audubon South Carolina is excited to announce our upcoming Shorebird Steward Training sessions for 2020! We have 4 sessions so far scheduled all over South Carolina’s coast. We hope you can make it to one and be involved with Audubon this summer. Beach with a purpose!

In case you don’t already know, Shorebird Stewards are trained volunteers that educate beachgoers in areas they share with shorebirds. In North America, shorebirds have declined by 70% in the last 40 years. South Carolina is a major breeding ground for species like the American Oystercatcher, Wilson’s Plover, Least Tern, and Brown Pelican.

The training sessions listed below will introduce you to Shorebird ID and provide an overview of the threats they face. You will also learn how to positively and appropriately educate other beachgoers about ways they too can protect resting and nesting shorebirds, their eggs, or chicks!

To register for a session click on the location below that best suits you.
March 10 – Location: James Island County Park Boardroom, Charleston
March 20 – Location: Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel
March 29 – Location: Hobcaw Barony – Kimbel Lodge, Georgetown – FULL
April 16 – Location: Edisto Environmental Learning Center, Edisto Island
Shorebird Stewards educate beachgoers on how to share the beach with nesting & resting coastal birds. You only need to attend one 2-hour training session to be able to hit the beach as a Steward and sign up for shifts at multiple sites up and down the coast.

This training encompasses…

Shorebird and seabird identification
Fun facts
Safety on the beach
How to talk to people in a positive way about how to share the beach with imperiled coastal birds.
Let’s make this the best nesting season yet for shorebirds on our beautiful coast!

All the best,

Nolan Schillerstrom
Coastal Program Coordinator
Audubon South Carolina
nolan.schillerstrom@audubon.org