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.
Scheduled 2014 Palmetto Pro Birder Modules*:
April 12-13 Clemson Forest Instructor: Drew Lanham
The Clemson Experimental Forest's 17,500 acres are dedicated to education, research and demonstration in order to better understand and manage forest resources for the benefit of society. The patchwork of piedmont forests include mature pine-hardwoods, early-successional, open field and wetland habitats that harbor a diversity of residents and neotropical migrants that will be making their way through the area. Come to the rolling hills of the Upstate and learn to identify birds by sight and sound as well as how forest management impacts these species and other wildlife. You'll leave with an appreciation for the resiliency of nature and a better understanding of why the northwest corner of the state is revered by nature enthusiasts.
May 17-18 St. Helena Island, Beaufort County Instructor: Josh Arrants
Much of this module will focus on the incredibly close relationship between Red Knots and the magnificent Horseshoe Crab, and the Lowcountry islands will offer opportunities to also see a large diversity of other birds. Saturday evening, SCWF will present a Moonbird Evening at the Penn Center, featuring author Phillip Hoose. During a Lowcountry Boil dinner, Hoose will entertain our guests with stories and songs about the Red Knot called the "Moonbird" because it has traveled the distance to the moon and half-way back during its amazingly long lifetime.
**Click here for more details about this module, including meal and lodging options, and online registration.
May 31-June 1 Congaree National Park Instructor: Drew Lanham
Join us at SC’s only National Park to learn about neotropical migrants - the warblers, tanagers, thrushes and other birds that fill our woods, wetlands and grasslands in the spring and summer and connect us to another world as they migrate between tropical locations on other continents. Our efforts will be focused largely on identifying birds by sound, learning how to draw bird songs to help you remember them.
*more modules will be added soon*
By Phone: (803) 609-4778