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. 

birding with drew

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 Palmetto Pro Birder Modules:

April 30 & May 1, 2016           Lake Jocassee                Instructor: Drew Lanham  

Duke-Energy-Logo-4cCome and teeter on the edge of the world with us! Well, edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains anyway! This spring module will take us to the place the Cherokee called the "Blue Wall" and spectacular mountain scenery.  We will meet on Saturday at Duke Energy’s Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station and will venture onto the Foothills Trail to look for spring migrants and birds that dwell in the "highlands" of South Carolina. On Sunday, we'll travel to Nine Times Heritage Preserve where neotropical migrants--warblers, thrushes, vireos and tanagers along with many other species, should be flooding the forest with song and color! Join us as we connect the Upstate to the tropics in a weekend of feather-filled conservation dot connecting!

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.  


  Module is currently full.

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**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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