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Birding Festival Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

******FRIDAY, FEB. 10******

Friday, Feb. 10, 7-8:30 a.m. — Take a morning walking birding tour with Hal Vivian at Brookgreen Gardens. (Can accommodate up to 22 people)

Friday, Feb. 10, 7:45-10:45 a.m. — Jetty Adventure Tour at Huntington Beach State Park. This 3-mile, roundtrip hike goes up the beach to the jetty and back. The jetty should offer viewing of a variety of northern seabirds and waterfowl, including elders, scoters, dovekies and razorbills. The hike should also offer excellent shorebird viewing. (Can accommodate up to 15 people)

Friday, Feb. 10, 8-11 a.m. — Tour by Department of Natural Resources staff of The Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, an incredible, still-wild preserved area that is home to abundant wildlife and birds. (Tour by van, with several stops for walking) (Can accommodate up to 28 people)

Friday, Feb. 10, 10-10:45 a.m.  — Creek tour by barge and learn about the animals and birds that call Brookgreen Gardens home. (Can accommodate up to 48 people)

Friday, Feb. 10, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Three-hour tour of the historic estate Hobcaw Barony, now also home to Clemson University and the University of South Carolina scientific research facilities. Get a rich history of the estate and its properties and see birds that call the thousands of acres of preserved land home. (Can accommodate up to 14 people by van, with several stops for walking and touring)

Friday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Winter Waterfowl Tour of ponds and causeway at Huntington Beach State Park led by Ranger Mike Walker. Tour starting the park’s Gift Shop. Explore ponds, brackish water and salt marshes to observe Ruddy Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Buffleheads, Teal and more. Bald eagles are also frequently seen. (Can accommodate up to 30 people) Meet at the state park Gift Shop area.

Friday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Longleaf Pine Forest Tour at Brookgreen Gardens. (Tour by van and walking). (Can accommodate up to 14 people)

Friday, Feb. 10, 11:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. — Tour by Department of Natural Resources staff of The Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, an incredible, still-wild preserved area that is home to abundant wildlife and birds. (Tour by van, with several stops for walking) (Can accommodate up to 28 people)

Friday, Feb. 10, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Jetty Adventure Tour at Huntington Beach State Park. This 3-mile, roundtrip hike goes up the beach to the jetty and back. The jetty should offer viewing of a variety of northern seabirds and waterfowl, including elders, scoters, dovekies and razorbills. The hike should also offer excellent shorebird viewing. (Can accommodate up to 15 people)

Friday, Feb. 10, 12:45-1:45 p.m. – Audubon Lecture by Dr. Lana Burgess, curator of the McKissisk Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, at Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center. Art historian and curator Lana Burgess will present a lecture focusing on the intersection of art and science when documenting nature during 19th-century America, specifically through the work of John James Audubon. Using examples from Birds in America, Burgess will discuss how Audubon’s tenacity as a naturalist, his dedicated study of ornithology, and his deft collaboration with masterful artistic technicians, changed the way we look at birds. Belle Baruch, who lived at Hobcaw Barony for her whole life until her death in 1968 and whose foundation maintains the property today, purchased seven Audubons for her Hobcaw home, Bellefield Plantation. These pieces were stolen in 2003 and recovered in 2016. Now conserved, the pieces will be on exhibit in the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center, where the lecture will take place.

Friday, Feb. 10, 2-3 p.m. – Audubon Lecture by Dr. Lana Burgess, curator of the McKissisk Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, at Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center. Art historian and curator Lana Burgess will present a lecture focusing on the intersection of art and science when documenting nature during 19th-century America, specifically through the work of John James Audubon. Using examples from Birds in America, Burgess will discuss how Audubon’s tenacity as a naturalist, his dedicated study of ornithology, and his deft collaboration with masterful artistic technicians, changed the way we look at birds. Belle Baruch, who lived at Hobcaw Barony for her whole life until her death in 1968 and whose foundation maintains the property today, purchased seven Audubons for her Hobcaw home, Bellefield Plantation. These pieces were stolen in 2003 and recovered in 2016. Now conserved, the pieces will be on exhibit in the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center, where the lecture will take place.

Friday, Feb. 10, 3:30-5 p.m. – Showcase of “Purple Haze: A Conservation Film,” a documentary about Purple Martins in South Carolina, by Zach Steinhauser, at the Waccamaw Neck Branch Library at 41 St. Paul Place in Pawleys Island.

Friday, Feb. 10, 6-8 p.m. – Welcome Reception and Dinner at the Leonard Pavilion at Brookgreen Gardens.

******SATURDAY, FEB. 11******

Saturday, Feb. 11, 7-8:30 a.m. — Take a morning walking birding tour with Hal Vivian at Brookgreen Gardens. (Can accommodate up to 22 people)

Saturday, Feb. 11, 8 a.m.-noon — Tour by Department of Natural Resources staff of The Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, an incredible, still-wild preserved area that is home to abundant wildlife and birds. (Tour by van, with several stops for walking) (Can accommodate up to 14 people)

Saturday, Feb. 11, 8-11 a.m. — Three-hour tour of the historic estate Hobcaw Barony, now also home to Clemson University and the University of South Carolina scientific research facilities. Get a rich history of the estate and its properties and see birds that call the thousands of acres of preserved land home. (Can accommodate up to 14 people by van, with several stops for walking and touring)

Saturday, Feb. 11, 8:30-11:30 a.m. — Jetty Adventure Tour at Huntington Beach State Park. This 3-mile, roundtrip hike goes up the beach to the jetty and back. The jetty should offer viewing of a variety of northern seabirds and waterfowl, including elders, scoters, dovekies and razorbills. The hike should also offer excellent shorebird viewing. (Can accommodate up to 15 people)

Saturday, Feb. 11, 10-10:45 a.m.  — Creek tour by barge and learn about the animals and birds that call Brookgreen Gardens home. (Can accommodate up to 48 people)

Saturday, Feb. 11, Noon-3 p.m. — Jetty Adventure Tour at Huntington Beach State Park. This 3-mile, roundtrip hike goes up the beach to the jetty and back. The jetty should offer viewing of a variety of northern seabirds and waterfowl, including elders, scoters, dovekies and razorbills. The hike should also offer excellent shorebird viewing. (Can accommodate up to 15 people)

Saturday, Feb. 11, Noon-3 p.m. — Three-hour tour of the historic estate Hobcaw Barony, now also home to Clemson University and the University of South Carolina scientific research facilities. Get a rich history of the estate and its properties and see birds that call the thousands of acres of preserved land home. (Can accommodate up to 14 people by van, with several stops for walking and touring)

Saturday, Feb. 11, 12:30-4:30 p.m. — Tour by Department of Natural Resources staff of The Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, an incredible, still-wild preserved area that is home to abundant wildlife and birds. (Tour by van, with several stops for walking) (Can accommodate up to 14 people)

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2:15-3:45 p.m. – Longleaf Pine Forest Tour at Brookgreen Gardens. (Tour by van and walking). (Each tour for up to 14 people)

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2:15-3:45 p.m. — Winter Waterfowl Tour of ponds and causeway at Huntington Beach State Park led by Ranger Mike Walker. Tour starting the park’s Gift Shop. Explore ponds, brackish water and salt marshes to observe Ruddy Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Buffleheads, Teal and more. Bald eagles are also frequently seen. (Can accommodate up to 30 people) Meet at the state park Gift Shop area.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. – Dinner at the Leonard Pavilion at Brookgreen Gardens with Keynote Speaker Peter Alden.

******SUNDAY, FEB. 12******

Sunday, Feb. 12, 7-8:30 a.m. — Walking birding tour with Hal Vivian at Brookgreen Gardens. (Can accommodate up to 22 people)

Sunday, Feb. 12, 8-11 a.m. — Jetty Adventure Tour at Huntington Beach State Park. This 3-mile, roundtrip hike goes up the beach to the jetty and back. The jetty should offer viewing of a variety of northern seabirds and waterfowl, including elders, scoters, dovekies and razorbills. The hike should also offer excellent shorebird viewing. (Can accommodate up to 15 people)

Sunday, Feb. 12, 8 a.m.-noon — Tour by Department of Natural Resources staff of The Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, an incredible, still-wild preserved area that is home to abundant wildlife and birds. (Tour by van, with several stops for walking) (Can accommodate up to 14 people)

Sunday, Feb. 12, 8-11 a.m. — Three-hour tour of the historic estate Hobcaw Barony, now also home to Clemson University and the University of South Carolina scientific research facilities. Get a rich history of the estate and its properties and see birds that call the thousands of acres of preserved land home. (Can accommodate up to 14 people by van, with several stops for walking and touring)

Sunday, Feb. 12, 10-10:45 a.m.  — Creek tour by barge and learn about the animals and birds that call Brookgreen Gardens home. (Can accommodate up to 48 people)

Sunday, Feb. 12, Noon-3 p.m. — Jetty Adventure Tour at Huntington Beach State Park. This 3-mile, roundtrip hike goes up the beach to the jetty and back. The jetty should offer viewing of a variety of northern seabirds and waterfowl, including elders, scoters, dovekies and razorbills. The hike should also offer excellent shorebird viewing. (Can accommodate up to 15 people)

Sunday, Feb. 12, Noon-3 p.m. — Three-hour tour of the historic estate Hobcaw Barony, now also home to Clemson University and the University of South Carolina scientific research facilities. Get a rich history of the estate and its properties and see birds that call the thousands of acres of preserved land home. (Can accommodate up to 14 people by van, with several stops for walking and touring)

Sunday, Feb. 12, 12:15-4:15 p.m. — Tour by Department of Natural Resources staff of The Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, an incredible, still-wild preserved area that is home to abundant wildlife and birds. (Tour by van, with several stops for walking) (Can accommodate up to 14 people)

Sunday, Feb. 12, 12:30-2 p.m. – Longleaf Pine Forest Tour at Brookgreen Gardens. (Tour by van and walking). (Each tour for up to 14 people)

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2:30-3:30 p.m. — Lecture by Al Hinde about his time banding and researching raptors in Utah. In 1985, Al Hinde began a banding study of Rough-legged Hawks in the Great Basin to augment HawkWatch International’s (HWI) migration study in the Goshute Mountains, NV. By 1989, eight major concentration areas for wintering raptors had been identified, and the study evolved to include a census. With each 20- to 30-square-mile area consistently containing 100–300+ individuals of nineteen raptor species, and regional counts totaling 1000+ raptors, sometimes including 200+ Rough-legged Hawks. Al will give an overview of this project and where it stands today. Sponsored by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL).

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