October CMNA Happenings

Summer is winding down here in the Lowcountry. It’s a little easier these days to get out into nature without melting or welting! Check out CMNA’s events this month, both virtual and in-person, and come join us!

Insects All Around Us: Virtual

Think and Drink

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 7-8pm

Join Clemson Professor Emeritus Dr. Merle Shepard as we discuss some of the amazing diversity of insects around us this time ofyear. Insects make up the most diverse and abundant animals on earth with over 1.4 million described species. The presentation will focus on pollinators, but will also include other insects. If you haven’t already, here’s a link to the Think and Drink Sign Up.

Walk and Talk: Caw Caw

Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 9-10:30am

Look for a separate sign up to join Dr. Shepard at Caw Caw, as we walk through various habitats to observe all the critters we can find there.  First priority is given to the Think and Drink attendees.

The Think and Drink and the Walk and Talk events each qualify towards your annual 8 hours of Advanced Training. To log your hours, go to the Master Naturalist Online Volunteer Hour Reporting System.

Photo Outing: West Ashley Greenway                     Sunday, October 17 from 8-11 am

CMNA Board Member Colin Hocking will lead a walk along the greenway, looking for a variety of subjects to photograph. Keep in mind that the greenway runs along a tidal salt marsh, and the walk is at a time when the tide is starting to go out, leaving us with wading birds to view, and possibly sightings of Bald Eagles, Osprey and Roseate Spoonbills.

While walking, Colin will make suggestions about photo-worthy subject matter and identify what settings he uses and why. Of course, he’ll be answering your questions, too. Space is still available, so sign up here: Photography Outing Sign Up

CMNA Litter Sweep: Downtown Charleston

Monday, October 18, 1:30-3pm

Come join the fun!  Led by CMNA Board Member Linda Rowe, we meet monthly in various locations around the greater Charleston area, pick up litter, collect citizen science data, marvel at the natural wonders around us, and visit with fellow Master Naturalists.  What a great way to earn volunteer hours!

Sign up to join the sweep and receive more details: October Waterfront Cleanup Sign Up, and save the dates for future CMNA litter sweeps, and watch your email for those invites:

  • Thursday, November 18 at 4:00-5:00 pm with a follow-up social 
  • Friday, December 10 at 10:00-11:30 am

The Litter Sweeps qualify towards your annual 30 hours of Volunteering. To log your hours, go to the Master Naturalist Online Volunteer Hour Reporting System.