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Intensive Pro Birder Field Day

  • Wateree River Heritage Preserve 15001 Goodwill Road Eastover, SC, 29044 United States (map)

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Northern Parula Warbler by D. Dial

Northern Parula Warbler by D. Dial

Are you ready to bird at the peak of spring migration? Are you ready to explore a 3674 acre preserve right outside of Columbia?

If so, reserve your place for this high energy bird walk that will begin at Cook's mountain, which is positioned 372 feet above sea level, giving us a unique view of the landscape.

Ibis, herons, egrets, birds of prey, and songbirds can be seen from this vantage point.

We will then travel down the "mountain" to fields and floodplain in search of warblers, tanagers, buntings, and if we're lucky a noisy flock of bobolink.

This will be a more intense birding walk, focusing on getting the participants views of as many bird species as possible, which might create some perspiration, but it will also create lifelong memories, and hopefully new birds on your life-list. A light lunch will be provided to be enjoyed amidst birds and butterflies.

Due to the goal of seeing as many species as time allows, the class will be limited to four participants.

Where:  Wateree Heritage Preserve, Eastover, SC

When:  Thursday, May 2nd, 2019, 7:30am-12:30pm

Who: This walk is open to the public. No prior knowledge is required. Minimum age is 16.  This event will count for one day toward Palmetto Pro Birder certification (8 days needed total). For SC Master Naturalists, this can count as Advanced Training and towards your statewide certification if you need a Sandhills component. Lunch will last thirty minutes, so depending on when we finish, this class will count for approximately 4.5 hours of training. If you are not a Pro Birder or Master Naturalist, just come have fun with us. Participants will also receive contact info of other participants to allow for carpooling to the class.

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This class will be led by Jay Keck, SCWF Habitat Education Manager. Jay has been a passionate nature and bird lover since his early teens. He lives in Chapin, SC with his wife and two boys, and has identified 95 bird species in his yard in three years, as well as 160 species in Lexington county since moving back in September of 2013. He has viewed birds in Spain, Chile, Honduras, and Costa Rica, as well as many areas in SC from the mountains to the coast. Being inspired by SCWF's mission, he earned his Palmetto Pro Birder certification, and has led bird walks for SCWF as well as Saluda Shoals park, Columbia Audubon, and private organizations. Even when he is golfing, hunting, or fishing, he is secretly birding. At SCWF, Jay coordinates the Gardening for Wildlife programs and the Wildlife And Industry Together (WAIT) program as well as leading birding classes for the Palmetto Pro Birder & Midlands Master Naturalist programs. 

To ensure a quality experience for all, space is strictly limited to 4 participants. Classes fill quickly, register today! After registration, you will receive an email with lodging recommendations, directions, and any other details pertinent to the class.

Other Important Notes:

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•    If available, please bring binoculars & your favorite field guide to Eastern birds.

•    Restrooms are available, and pink and blue bushes are along the trail…

•    Participants should bring water and be prepared for a day in the field. 

•    There is no rain date for this event. We will make every effort to hold it, even in a few rain showers. If it looks like a deluge, we'll notify you of cancellation and refund your money.

•    After registering, you will receive important correspondence via email. If you change your email between now and then, make sure to notify us.

Cost: The cost is $100.00 per person and limited to the first 4 people that register.     

IMPORTANT: Participants should be in good physical shape. Birding involves a lot of standing, and we may cover some distance in our field work.


Banner Photo at top: Prothonotary Warbler by Andrea Wiley

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