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Dolphin Count 2019

Save the date, April 27, 2019,  for this year’s Dolphin Count! Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network’s 2nd annual citizen scientist event, Dolphin Count, will bring education and science together for a fun, all ages, interactive event to raise awareness about Charleston’s resident population of bottlenose dolphins. Last year we hosted over 400 volunteer participants, 35 lead volunteers and recorded 135 dolphin sightings in just 3 hours!

On April 27th, Dolphin Count will bring together marine mammal experts, enthusiastic volunteers and interested community members to:
LEARN more about Charleston’s true “locals”, their behaviors, and home ranges.
RAISE awareness about ways our community can view dolphins responsibly.
ENGAGE the community on the threats these animals face and ways each of us can help.
COLLECT valuable data using citizen scientists.
ANSWER questions and teach the next generation of marine stewards.
ENCOURAGE each participant to take action for more local protections such as plastic bans, protecting Capt Sams Inlet and fighting seismic drilling.

This will be an opportunity to volunteer and to learn about our dolphins. For more information go to lmmn website.

Membership Renewal Mailing is on the WAY!

Check your mailbox for the membership renewal that these great people put together today! There are a few changes; the waiver of liability form is included so that you can fill it out and it will be good for all events in 2019. There is a 2 sided survey for you to fill out, please give us feedback so we can be the best for you! If you ever have any suggestions or comments, please email us at

Volunteers needed for winter shorebird surveys!

Audubon South Carolina is helping with a research project involving shorebirds and human disturbance on the beach. The research is led by the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program. We are in the final stage of conducting surveys through this winter and need more volunteers with shorebird ID skills to help out! If you are interested in participating, please email Nolan Schillerstrom, Audubon’s Coastal Program Coordinator, at  and he will send you a quick questionnaire to place you on a survey. Surveys will be conducted at Folly Beach Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve and Sullivan’s Island and consist of spotting and recording sightings of Red Knot, Wilson’s Plover, Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, and Semipalmated Sandpiper as well as counting disturbances such as dogs (on and off leash), people (moving and stationary), boats, and aircraft. Feel free to call 843.459.BIRD (2473) with questions.

CMNA Semi-Annual Meeting & Graduation Celebration – Sunday January 13th 2019 2-5pm

SAVE THE DATE now on your 2019 calendars for Sunday January 13th! Come mingle with fellow graduates of the Charleston Master Naturalist program, celebrate with the newly certified  and meet members of the Board of Directors for the Coastal Master Naturalist Association. Enjoy an afternoon surrounded by your nature tribe full of like-minded individuals! The event will go on rain or shine! More details soon!

Volunteers needed for Christmas Bird Counts!

The Christmas Bird Count is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24 hour period on one calendar day to count birds. The 119th Christmas Bird Count will be conducted this year from Friday, December 14, 2018 through Saturday, January 5, 2019. Since the Christmas Bird count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteers like you! There are several counts that take place in the area…. for more information and more count sites across South Carolina to consider.

Members invited to CMNA Board of Directors Meeting – November 7, 2018

Attention: if you want to observe a CMNA Board meeting, you are welcome to attend Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, at Johns Island Regional Library Meeting Room, 3531 Maybank Highway John’s Island, SC 29455.

Maybe you are interested in how your Association functions? Maybe you are interested in serving on the Board in the future; or want to help with small projects; or have ideas for training, events or volunteer opportunities.

Contact Debbie Seabrook for more information.

Three events: Friday and Saturday November 9 & 10, 2018 – Can you come?

Did you know that we have 3 related events coming up?!? The South Carolina Aquarium is hosting a training on Friday 9-4 and Friday evening at 5:30 SCDNR will provide a lecture and a space for us to have a lowcountry boil/potluck social at Fort Johnson Marine Lab. Then Saturday morning we will spend 2 hours 10-12 filling up bags with oyster shells to create new oyster habitat. Can you join us for one or all of these events?

There are sign up genius links to register for the events. These events are free but space is limited (and we need to know how much food we need) so PLEASE SIGN UP!

South Carolina Aquarium   Plastics and Flooding, SCDNR Lecture and Potluck, and Oyster shell bagging

2018 Stormwater Pond Management Conference – Nov 14

We’re excited to share that registration for the 2018 Stormwater Pond Management Conference is open!

The 2018 Stormwater Pond Management Conference will provide a forum to give the latest information, resources, and tools on stormwater pond management for the Lowcountry community. Format includes a plenary session, hands-on training, field tours, breakout sessions, and a Vendor Showcase and Ask-An-Expert tabling event. Lunch and morning refreshments are included. Continuing education credits are available.

DATE: November 14, 2018

TIME: 8:30AM-4:00PM

LOCATION: Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Avenue, Building 920, Charleston, SC 29423

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Stormwater pond owners/HOA representatives, property management professionals, and pond management professionals


Registration closes November 9, 2018.

As part of this year’s conference, we’re offering complimentary registration to 30 pond owners/HOA representatives in the Tri-County. Limit one representative per HOA. To apply, please encourage community members to visit the conference website for more details.

Crab Bank Free Lecture – From Holaniku to Crab Bank

Since the 1950s, seabird populations have declined by nearly 70 percent worldwide, and most South Carolina seabird populations are in decline, largely due to loss of habitat, according to the Department of Natural Resources, which named Crab Bank a protected seabird sanctuary in 2006. Crab Bank is one of just five protected rookeries statewide, has been a prime nesting spot for pelicans and more than a dozen other species of sea- and shorebirds for decades, but its high ground has been washed over at high tide since Tropical Storm Irma. No birds have nested there this year.

Please join us in supporting Crab Bank renourishment in any way that you can.

September 13, 2018 from 6-8pm is a free lecture at the Charleston Museum to get more information and show your support. Click here for details and to register to attend.

Click here to read a recent Post & Courier article on Crab Bank.