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 Palmetto Pro Birder Modules*:
October 26-27 Lake Conestee Nature Park Instructor: Drew Lanham
Lake Conestee Nature Park, in Greenville, has been designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) of Global Significance. The wide variety of bird species reported in this park is due to the great variety of habitats: lake, pine and mixed deciduous woodlands, transitional meadow, the Reedy River and extensive swampland.
November 9-10 Santee National Wildlife Refuge Instructor: Josh Arrants
This class will feature woodland, open field, and water birds as you walk through the transitioning habitat on the Bluff Unit of the Refuge. You will learn about late-migrating and wintering warblers and vireos around the boardwalk trail; buntings and early arriving sparrows in the fields; coots, moorhens, early arriving ducks and wading birds in the impoundments; and, as always, birds of prey hunting the fields and open waters.
January 4-5, 2014 Fripp Island, Beaufort Instructor: Drew Lanham
Designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1974 by the state legislature and identified as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society in 2010, Fripp Island is a barrier island with three miles of beachfront, salt marshes and maritime forests. This module will focus on the waterfowl that are present along SC's coast during the winter months.
*modules will be added as necessary to meet demand
By Phone: (803) 609-4778