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Palmetto Pro Birder Field Day

  • Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve United States (map)

Come join us for a walk to view fall warblers, and other neo-tropical migratory birds at the Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve in Cayce!  Birds from the tropics, such as the Black-throated blue, Bay breasted warbler, and the Chestnut sided warbler could be seen, but we also have a chance to see some of our early wintering birds like kinglets, Yellow bellied sapsuckers, and possibly Blue-headed vireos.  As a bonus, a volunteer from the 12,000 Year History Park will also be attending to teach us about the rich history of the park!  This is an exciting time of transition in SC and I hope you join us for birds (with some SC history sprinkled in) at this wonderful park.  

Warbler note: Over 20 species of warblers have been identified in the first week of October in Lexington county in eBird!   

This class will be limited to 10 participants so sign up quickly if you're able to make it!  

Where:  Class will be held at the Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve in Columbia.

When:  Wednesday, October 2nd from 7:30 am until 12:30 pm.

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 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 10 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 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 $60.00 per person and limited to the first 10 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.


Class is full, but you can add yourself to the waiting list through the form below:

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Earlier Event: September 28
National Hunting & Fishing Day
Later Event: October 12
World Migratory Bird Day!