With the passage of a Conservation Bank re-authorization bill in the SC House of Representatives, we are a big step closer to extending the life of this state agency that has been the single most important factor in the preservation and conservation of some of our most precious natural resources. We are grateful for the overwhelming vote in the House today and especially for the leadership of Rep. Brian White and others who championed the Conservation Bank.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend, and YOU can participate in collecting data on current bird populations right from your own backyard! For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 16-19, 2018, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish!
Ninety percent of a bird's diet consists of insects, even those birds that you see at your feeders. In the winter, the insect population (important source of protein) is low and the availability of berries (important source of fat) is limited. In the spring, birds need lots of energy to build nests and families. You can help by making homemade suet, which birds prefer to the bought kind. Lard can be purchased at many local grocery stores - call ahead to make sure that they have it. If you hang the suet near your other feeders, the birds will discover it quickly!
Check out our 2017 Year in Review video! Thank you to all of our donors and sponsors who make our education and conservation programs possible! SCWF's mission is to conserve and restore South Carolina's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education and advocacy. Please consider making a donation and helping us to continue, and to expand, these programs in 2018! Donate online through our secure giving portal here.
Your tax-deductible gift today will give us an important boost as we look to make 2018 the best year in our history! As we leave 2017, our hope for 2018 is that we can continue to grow more effective in boldly representing ALL outdoor enthusiasts. We have been working hard to plan for the new year, and those plans center around reaching new members of all types of backgrounds. We are working on debuting new events to bring supporters together, strengthening our forces and making us unstoppable in the fight for conservation and advocacy.
In a recent Post and Courier article, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expressed great concern about the recovery of the endangered right whale. There are only about 450 left and 17 of them have died so far in 2017. There are only 100 breeding females. The Northeast regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries stated: “You have to use the extinction word, because that’s where the trend lines say they are.”
SCWF board member Calvert Huffines of Walterboro (center) recently joined Audubon South Carolina's Matt Johnson (left) and Conservation Voters of South Carolina member Tom Erwin (right) in Washington DC. They met with Senator Lindsey Graham, and also with staff from the offices of Senator Tim Scott, Representative Mark Sanford, and Representative Jim Clyburn. Topics discussed included our opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and to selling of public lands for mining, and our support of full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Congratulations to these winners of our 2017 Photo Contest! We had great participation in the contest this year, click here to see ALL the entries. Our board & staff had a particularly difficult time choosing winners because there were so many fantastic entries! First place in each category wins $100. Click here for information on next year's contest!
For the first time, SCWF is offering very rare "environmental" prints from Artist Jim Booth in an online auction. Bidding is open now and will continue until December 11th at 12 noon. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the wildlife education and conservation programs of the SCWF. These 5 unframed prints up for auction are Artist Jim Booth signed and numbered limited edition and very rare "environmental" prints with gold seals and certificates of authenticity
SCWF was elated to team up with Waccamaw River Blue Trail to host an event to honor the 20th anniversary of the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate our #PublicLands on Friday, December 1st. Attendees of this free event enjoyed refreshments and a free kayaking tour. Thank you to Craig Sasser for opening up your beautiful refuge to us and for speaking at the event, Gator Bait Adventure Tours for the use of your kayaks and guiding the tour, and of course, thanks to the supporters who came out! #saveourrefuge
Each year, SCWF produces a magazine to show how your donations are conserving and restoring South Carolina's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education and advocacy. If you have donated to SCWF or attended one of our events within the last year, you should have received a copy of this magazine in the mail. If not, please feel free to read it online here, and then consider donating through the link at the top of this page to help us continue this vital work!
We at SCWF are honored to be on this list! Stay tuned for more details about our habitat enhancement projects scheduled for 2018! The Duke Energy Foundation is investing nearly $500,000 in 14 South Carolina environmental nonprofit organizations. The grants will fund environmental projects, wildlife conservation efforts and environmental educational programs across the Duke Energy service territory in the state.
THANK YOU to Dr. John Nelson for leading our "Autumn Botany at Sesqui" class over the weekend and special thanks also to Sesquicentennial State Park for hosting us!
Here's a review from one of the class participants: "I have rarely enjoyed a class more than the one—too short and would love to see a follow up—with Dr. John Nelson. I have had too many classes to count on the structure and parts of a flower. I’ve labeled diagrams, memorized, and correctly identified them on tests over the years. But NEVER had I understood like I did with Dr. Nelson’s skilled teaching...."
The 24th edition of the Women's Outdoor Retreat was a wonderful success! We had 214 people attend this year's event, including 51 volunteer instructors & staff. We owe a HUGE THANK YOU to our sponsors at Cabela's & Hickory Knob State Resort Park for their support of this event each year. We are also pleased to have the support of several outfitters and organizations - these partnerships enable us to provide a wide variety of activities conducted by a diverse group of expert instructors. A special thank you is due to the numerous individual volunteers who so willingly donate their time to share their knowledge and expertise.
We had a wonderful "Spiders of September" class yesterday - we ended up with quite a long list of species! Huge thanks to Austin Jenkins for leading our group and sharing his wealth of knowledge. Below are a few photos from the event, find more photos in our Flickr album HERE.
My name's Kristin, and I was hired back in March as SCWF's new Manager of Development and Events. I'm a Columbia College alum who majored in Writing for Print and Digital Media, so with our Wild Summer's Night Auction & Wild Game Feast recently behind us, I wanted to bring you a blog post on exactly how my first auction went.
Many thanks again to all of the donors, corporate sponsors, board members, volunteers, and other supporters who made such a successful auction possible!