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March 5, 2019 Volunteer Hours!

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Our own Pam Wilson, CMNA Board member and Fall 2017 graduate, supplied this opportunity for you to get some volunteer hours! On March 5, 2019 from 10:00-12:00 participate in a litter sweep on Kiawah Island. Meet at Mingo Point; refreshments (bring your own cup or mug!) and collection supplies will be provided. For more information and to register, contact the Plastic Initiative Committee of Kiawah (PICK) at kiawahlittersweep@gmail.com

 

Upcoming with Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission – Advanced Training!

The programs at Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission will fulfill advanced training hours for the Master Naturalists requirements; and they are lots of fun! (use this link to search & sign up for programs)

Coming up:

Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw
Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8:30am-11:30am.
Join us on one or more of our regular bird walks. Our trek through many distinct habitats will allow us to view and discuss a variety of birds, butterflies, and other organisms.  Preregistration is not required.

Exploring Edisto Island: Future County Park
February 21, 2019 9:00am to Noon
Join a Master Naturalist instructor to see the natural wonders of our parks in a new light. You’ll discover plants and animals and learn about their connections to the world around them. Preregistration Required: online or call 843.795.4386
Course # 5837 leaves from Caw Interpretive Center

Beginner Birding Course 
Saturday, March 2, 2019 9:00am to Noon
Even the best birders were “fledglings” at one time. Join a naturalist to learn birding essentials, like proper gear and basic terminology. We’ll then take a walk to spot and identify some feathered friends.
Preregistration Required: online or call 843.795.4386
Course # 6183 at Palmetto Island County Park

Master Naturalist Sampler
Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:00am – Noon
Would you like to take our Master Naturalist course, but don’t have the time? We offer half-day sessions for the naturalists at heart with busy schedules. The forested areas and salt marshes of this park provide a superb outdoor classroom for learning how to read landscapes. Walk away with a greater understanding of the natural world and your place in it!
Preregistration: online or call 843.795.4386
Course # 6188 at James Island County Park – Park Center Parking Lot

Tones at Twilight
Friday. March 15, 2019 6pm to 8pm
Have you ever wondered about sounds from the natural world? Join a Master Naturalist instructor to figure some of them out. We will listen for owls, frogs, and other creatures awake during the twilight hours. Preregistration: online or call 843.795.4386$12.00
Course # 5945 at Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Heritage to Habitat Canoe Tour
Saturday, March 23, 2019 9:00am to Noon
Glide silently past feeding herons and witness features hidden to trail-bound visitors by canoeing Caw Caw’s waterways. These interpretive paddles offer a unique look into the ecology of the Lowcountry. Trained naturalists will enlighten you to the cultural and natural history of the area, citing important connections to the past, present, and future.
Preregistration required online or call 843.795.4386
Course #5940 at Caw Caw Interpretive Center

CMNA Litter Sweep #2

CMNA’s own Linda Rowe is organizing a volunteer opportunity! Each month we will spend an hour or two cleaning up the lowcountry and meeting fellow master naturalists.

Save the date: Tuesday, Feb 26 at 10 am-Noon as the next CMNA clean up.

Recent graduate, Jack Burg, suggested a great clean-up site near the Limehouse Bridge, and the Sign-up Genius invitation will be sent out soon. As a heads-up, this site is a bit more remote and will involve about a 0.25-mile walk on gravel from the parking area. Additionally, there is a lot of prickly vegetation along the steeply-sloping banks of the marsh, so I highly recommend pants and rubber boots. Here are some photos so you get an idea of how it all looks. And feel free to bring an adventurous friend or two, all are welcome.
Hope to see you soon.

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.

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 nschillerstrom@audubon.org  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!

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.

debbieseabrook13@gmail.com