Bird the South Carolina Low Country April 25–28, 2024
By Richard Hayes
The Spring Seasonal meeting of the Carolina Bird Club will be held in the South Carolina Low Country, headquartered in Charleston, at Homewood Suites Charleston Airport, 5048 International Blvd. This affords quick and easy access to some of the best birding spots in the Low Country and is a short drive to historic downtown Charleston. A city rich in history and nationally acclaimed for its beautiful landscapes and well-preserved architecture, we will gather for our meeting the weekend of April 25-28. Check-in begins the afternoon of the 25th, and field trips will continue Friday through Sunday.
Charleston's proximity to some of South Carolina's finest and most treasured natural coastal resources allows us to offer trips to habitats ranging from wild, scenic beaches to longleaf pine savannas. We expect excellent birding, and our field trips are being designed to offer participants the opportunity to enjoy the best this region has to offer. We will offer birding trips south to the ACE Basin, north to the Santee Delta, and inland to the Orangeburg Sod Farm. Destinations include the Sea Islands (Kiawah and Seabrook), Charleston Harbor (Pitt St., Patriot’s Point, Ft. Moultrie), Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Dewees Island, and Folly Beach area hotspots (including little known Ft. Lamar), state wildlife management areas north and south, Francis Beidler Forest and Pine Bluff (new Audubon SC tract), Black River Cypress Preserve, and Caw Caw Interpretive Center.
Shorebird migration should be going strong, and we will seek out these southbound migrants as well as many of the other marsh and seabirds associated with rich coastal environments. Spring along the coast can also be particularly exciting for songbird migration, and we will explore some of the area's “migrant traps” in search of these species. Wading birds will be abundant, with Roseate Spoonbills now occurring year-round in South Carolina. This will be a great meeting to bring your spouse as we will have events for them to go see Charleston and its many tourist attractions. The booking link for hotel reservations is: https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/carolinabirdclub2024homewoodsuites/ Reservations must be made by March 27. The group code for reservations is 919. Online registration for the meeting opens on March 16.