Palmetto Pro Birder
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.
- 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.
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).
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 Palmetto Pro Birder Modules:
October 31 - November 1 Georgetown Instructor: Drew Lanham
Hobcaw Barony & Huntington Beach State Park
Join us Halloween weekend for some birding tricks & treats! This module will focus on learning the "tricks of the trade" for birding identification by gestalt - taking into account a bird's structure, how it moves, and its behavior. With October, we’ll expect the temperatures to be mild and the bugs to not be so wild!
On Saturday, we will explore Hobcaw Barony, which has been home to Native Americans, patriots, pirates, plantation owners and presidents. It is also an extraordinary ecological showplace where wildlife abounds. Sunday's field work will be done at Huntington Beach State Park, considered by many to be one of the best birding spots in the state. Check out their webpage here for a list of over 300 species spotted within the boundaries of the park!
To ensure a quality experience for all, space is strictly limited to 20 participants. Classes fill quickly, register today! After registration, you will receive an email with lodging recommendations, directions, and any other details pertinent to this module.
By Phone: (803) 609-4778