In a ceremony at the Robert Mills House and Gardens, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) celebrated the City of Columbia’s new status as a certified Community Wildlife Habitat. SCWF Executive Director Sara Green was joined by National Wildlife Federation president and CEO, Collin O’Mara, for the ceremony’s opening remarks. In addition, Mayor Stephen Benjamin addressed the crowd and released an official proclamation naming October 11, 2019 as “Columbia’s Community Wildlife Habitat Day.” Keith Mearns, Director of Grounds for Historic Columbia, also spoke and gave a tour of the native plants used on site at the Robert Mills House and Gardens.
The Retreat was sponsored by Cabela’s and Hickory Knob State Resort Park. We were pleased to have the support of several outfitters and organizations and a diverse group of expert volunteer instructors. Please thank them for their contributions to our event. Check out the full list of volunteers here, as well as photos from the event!
The Nicole Chadwick Memorial Scholarship Fund was created out of a desire by community members to honor the long-lasting impact of Nicole Chadwick’s work for wildlife conservation. In addition to the newly created fund, students pursuing environment-focused degrees in either undergraduate or graduate programs in the state of South Carolina are encouraged to apply for SCWF’s annual scholarship awards. Applicants have from now until October 31st to submit their applications on SCWF’s website.
As temperatures begin to cool this fall, millions of South Carolinians are heading outdoors to enjoy hiking, hunting, camping, sporting events and many more activities that we have all come to enjoy. Much of this recreation takes place on public land — from city parks to national forests — and many of these places could not have been built or preserved without funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
The South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) recently hired Shannon Leigh (Turbeville) Keenan as the organization’s new Director of Development and Events. In her new role, Keenan will maintain donor relationships, publicity initiatives and coordinate special events for SCWF across the entire state of South Carolina.
Hurricane season is here, and the 1st Congressional District has a lot to be grateful for. Stretching from about Awendaw to the Savannah River, the district is fortunate to have numerous permanently protected shoreline properties, and due to their intact geomorphology, they are better equipped to handle the wrath of hurricanes than their more developed neighbors.
SCWF has named Sara K. Green as Executive Director. Green is the sixth Executive Director in the organization’s 88 year history and brings 22 years of institutional knowledge of the organization. As SCWF’s Director of Education, Green built up the organization’s capacity to offer wildly popular, high-quality programs that engage South Carolinians of all ages in wildlife habitat enhancement, citizen science and outdoor recreation.
Thank you to all who came out to our Forks, Knives & Spoonbills dinner! Wow, what amazing food & energy from so many passionate conservationists! THANK YOU to Jay Keck for the inspiration and sharing his passion for bird conservation, and to Spotted Salamander for the creative & delicious food! Thank you also to River Rat Brewery and RNDC Distributors for beer & wine!
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On March 19th, the Conservation Coalition held its annual Conservation Lobby Day. Lobby Day is a wonderful opportunity for citizens to meet with their representatives face-to-face and ask them to support or vote against issues the conservation community is currently working on. As a member of the Coalition, SCWF staff were excited to be among the attendees for the annual event.
SCWF held a wildlife habitat workshop at the SC Aquarium on March 14th, and participants learned information about creating and enhancing wildlife habitat by planting native plants, providing a water source, and adding feeders, nest boxes, etc. and how their own yards can be certified by the National Wildlife Federation. In partnership with the South Carolina Aquarium, and with support from Volvo and Roots N Shoots Nursery, they also installed native plants in front of the Aquarium which provide food, cover and places to raise young for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. This garden serves a demonstration for visitors to learn how to attract wildlife to their own garden.
Zach Steinhauser, a Naturalist based at Wingard’s Market (A fabulous place to purchase native plants in Lexington, S.C.) has recently taken the time to provide the cavity nesting birds of Fourteen Mile Creek in Lexington with some "new real estate.” Zach has installed 10 nest boxes along the trail, courtesy of his business, to provide new homes & future generations to the local bird population for Lexington residents. As Spring time approaches, many of the park's resident bird species will be seeking a new home to raise their families, so these boxes are sure to come in handy!
On February 13th 2019 a house resolution was unanimously passed to honor Ben Gregg for his 13 years of service with the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. The resolution was introduced and presented by Rep. Seth Rose on Thursday, February 21st. It is a well-deserved honor and we are very grateful to Ben for his time with us.
Project Prothonotary exists to help save one of our most brilliant migratory bird species in SC. During the spring and summer months, the Prothonotary Warbler calls South Carolina home to feast upon insects, spiders, and snails located in and around our forested wetlands, before returning to their wintering grounds as far south as Colombia, South America. Uncommon among warblers, it is a cavity nester, which presents us a great opportunity to help save this bird whose population has declined approximately 42% over the last 50 years.
Are you a college student studying English, marketing, communications or something similar? Do you have a strong interest in conserving and helping the environment? Do you enjoy bringing the community together through events? SCWF is seeking a marketing and communications intern for the Spring semester.
The South Carolina Wildlife Federation is honored to be in a position to distribute educational grants to full-time students pursuing environmental education at South Carolina schools of higher education. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible, based on their performance in academia and in related community activities.
The 2018 SCWF photo contest winners have been announced. Winners photos are shown through this link. You may visit our Flickr page HERE to see all entries received. Thank you to those who participated in this year’s contest!
Thanks to all who came out to our New Year New Members Event last night at Columbia Craft Brewery! Check out some photos from the event here…
This time of year we ask our faithful supporters to give a gift for the wildlife of the Palmetto State! Remember that every dollar you give to SCWF this holiday season goes directly to helping wildlife and wildlife habitat in South Carolina. Happy Holidays!