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Palmetto Pro Birder Kayak Trip

  • 26 Crayne's Loop Prosperity, SC, 29127 United States (map)

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Be one of five guests to bird a beautiful secluded cove on the northwest side of Lake Murray! We will be birding on the water by kayak between a private farm and SC Game Management land. Warblers, buntings, grosbeaks, and more could be abundant, and our position from the water should offer spectacular views of the birds. A large creek meanders deep into the forest and the canopy creates a cathedral effect for kayakers, but also will create opportunities to see birds directly overhead.

Price is $100, which includes the kayak rental and 5 hour guided tour.

Individuals with some kayaking experience are encouraged to join us!

Where:  Class will be meet and launch from 26 Crayne’s Loop, Prosperity, SC

When:  Tuesday, September 24th, 7:00am - 12:00pm

Who: This training is open to the public. No prior knowledge is required. Minimum age is 16.  This training will count for one day toward Palmetto Pro Birder certification (8 days needed total). For SC Master Naturalists, this event can count as Advanced Training and towards your statewide certification if you need a Piedmont 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 5 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 not available, and pink and blue bushes are along the trail…

•    Participants should bring a bag lunch, 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 includes kayak, paddle, and life jacket. Space is limited to the first 5 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.


This event is full, but there is potential for additional similar events. To be notified if events are added, please add yourself to the waiting list through the form below.

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