Palmetto Pro Birder

Written by Sara Green
Friday, 03 February 2012 07:30

The goal of the Palmetto Pro Birder Program is to expose motivated citizens to the diversity of avifauna in the Palmetto State and, by that exposure, build an understanding of the importance of conserving native habitats to maintain or restore the state's avian diversity.


We envision building a core of SCWF Citizen Scientists who are equipped with field ornithology skills to be competent in identifying birds by sight, sound and behavior in the field. These citizen scientists will be ambassadors for conservation and potential members and allies of SCWF and its long-standing agenda to conserve the state's wildlife, habitats and conservation heritage.

Several modules are held each year, with different instructors, at various locations around the state.  Each module will include a classroom portion which will focus on the basics of bird biology, identification, habitats, and conservation, as well as field work. 

Susan_with_scopeAt the end of each module, students will: 
  • have learned the “tricks of the trade” for identifying the common species, as well as some of the rarer species in SC
  • be able to identify by sight and /or sound 30-50 bird species - learn new birds in each module!
  • understand the roles of Citizen Science in protecting birds and habitat
  • be better able to plan bird-friendly landscapes that attract and retain a higher diversity of avifauna
To become a Certified Pro Birder, you will be required to attend four SCWF training modules. Participants can register for four modules at once to ensure that the space is held, or pick and choose sessions based on date or location. Each module will be appropriate for beginners, and include basics of bird identification.  Each class will also include varying species, due to location and time of year, to interest those attending multiple modules. 

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Who: Palmetto Pro Birder modules are open to anyone ages 16 and up.  

Cost: $150 per module.  Participants will pack a lunch, and bring their own materials (suggested items below).

Suggested Materials:
  • National Geographic Guide to Eastern Birds
  • Binoculars

When: The modules can be completed in any order - you can start at any time with the next upcoming module if there is space.  Each module includes a Saturday session from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm and a Sunday session from 7:00 am until noon.

Upcoming Fall 2014 Palmetto Pro Birder Modules*:

October 18-19          Hobcaw Barony, Georgetown          Instructor: Drew Lanham

A visit to Hobcaw Barony presents the perfect combination of nature and culture. Harboring 16,000  acres on  Winyah Bay, it has been home to Native Americans, patriots, pirates, plantation owners and presidents. It is also an extraordinary ecological showplace where wildlife abounds. Join us at the this historic and wild Pee Dee treasure in Georgetown, SC for a weekend of exploration where we’ll search for fall migrants and focus on the elusive and endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and the work to save its habitat in the long leaf pine forests. With October, we’ll expect the temperatures to be mild and the bugs to not be so wild! A great deal of our time in the field will be spent “behind the gates” of Hobcaw where few have access.  Our focus will be on blending birding, conservation and culture. We’ll walk and talk and watch among some of the most historically rich and abundantly wild places in the Palmetto State!  

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*more modules will be added soon*


**Check out pictures from completed Modules HERE**
Contact: Sara Green, SCWF Director of Education 
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By Phone: (803) 609-4778
Space is limited to 20 participants per module, register early! 
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