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!
SCWF Executive Director, Ben Gregg, has announced his retirement from the SC Wildlife Federation effective February 1st. See below for official announcement directly from Ben.
Thank you, Ben, for everything you’ve done for South Carolina in the 12 years that you have served as Executive Director. We will miss you!
From hunters and anglers to birders and gardeners, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) has represented generations of outdoor enthusiasts on conservation issues since its start 87 years ago. “We are continuing our legacy of insisting that science, not politics, remains at the forefront in decisions affecting our wildlife,” says SCWF Executive Director Ben Gregg.
Most people feel helpless when it comes to saving the forests around the world, but there are so many things you can do right in your own backyard and community to create wildlife habitat and make a big difference. The S.C. Wildlife Federation (SCWF) partners with the National Wildlife Federation to provide recommendations for creating and enhancing wildlife habitat in backyards as well as at schools, businesses, parks and throughout entire communities.
South Carolina Wildlife Federation was recently awarded a federal grant to work with recreational anglers in four states. We will be partnering closely with the South Atlantic Marine Fisheries Council in its efforts to decrease mortality of snapper and grouper. This project is particularly important for the health of red snapper as regulators are in the early stages of re-opening the red snapper fishery for recreationists.
Leading a nationwide trend in community concern for habitat loss, Keowee Key has been officially designated an NWF Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). A Community Wildlife Habitat project creates multiple habitat areas in backyards, schoolyards, corporate properties, community gardens, parkland and other spaces. Keowee Key is the 112th community in the country and the 5th community in South Carolina to receive this honor.
The South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) has named Jay Keck as their new Habitat Education Manager. In this role, he will plan, coordinate, implement and oversee education programs designed to encourage the creation or enhancement of wildlife habitat in backyards, parks, schoolyards, and business property.
Calling all amateur photographers! The SCWF is holding their 16th Annual Wildlife Photography Contest. Send us your best pictures capturing the beauty of South Carolina’s nature – in your own backyard or our backyard – that being South Carolina’s natural landscapes and creatures. You may submit entries in three categories! Deadline October 31st.
SCWF is one of many organizations supporting a new SCDNR S.C. Coastal Bird Conservation Program to protect and restore rapidly disappearing coastal bird habitat. The pilot project is to raise approximately $2 million for the cost share needed for the restoration of Crab Bank with dredged material from the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. Crab Bank, an island created in Charleston Harbor with dredged material and former home to thousands of nesting coastal birds, has eroded to the point that it is unsuitable for bird use.
Once threatened with near extinction from habitat destruction and overharvesting, wood duck populations are now steady or increasing. SCWF is partnering with Duke Energy, SCDNR and the Lake Wateree Association to increase wood duck populations by constructing and erecting 80 wood duck nesting boxes in the on the shorelines of Lake Wateree, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Rocky Creek, Cedar Creek Reservoirs, the Wateree River, and smaller ponds in between.