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The Carolina Bird Club is a non-profit organization that represents and supports the birding community in the Carolinas through its website, publications, meetings, workshops, trips, and partnerships, whose mission is

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The Carolina Bird Club, Inc., is a non-profit educational and scientific association open to anyone interested in the study and conservation of wildlife, particularly birds.

The Club meets each winter, spring, and fall at different locations in the Carolinas. Meeting sites are selected to give participants an opportunity to see many different kinds of birds. Guided field trips and informative programs are combined for an exciting weekend of meeting with people who share an enthusiasm and concern for birds.

The Club offers research grants in avian biology for undergraduate and graduate students, and scholarships for young birders.

The Club publishes two print publications (now also available online). The Chat is a quarterly ornithological journal that contains scientific articles, reports of bird records committees and bird counts, and general field notes on bird sightings. CBC Newsletter is published bimonthly and includes birding articles and information about meetings, field trips, and Club news.

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Botany Bay

by Carl Miller


Botany Bay is located about 30 miles (as the crow flies) SW of Charleston, SC. Coming from Charleston, go a little over 20 miles south on Hwy 17, then turn left on Hwy 174 toward Edisto Beach. Go just about 15 miles and look for the Edisto Island Serpentarium on your left. Botany Bay Road is only a couple hundred yards after the Serpentarium on the left. It is about half a mile on this dirt road before it dead ends into a private drive. The entrance to Botany Bay is on the left. Just inside the gate is the kiosk where all visitors are requested to sign both in and out.


Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area is managed by SCDNR and was opened to the public in the Summer of 2008. The property is 4,630 acres and is a mix of pine and hardwood forest, agricultural fields, coastal wetlands, and a barrier island. There is a 3 mile driving loop with helpful markers and a detailed guide (available at the entrance kiosk). There are a number of hiking trails that get you to the beach, into the wetlands, and around agricultural fields. The driving tour does a good job of pointing out the remains of several tabby and wood structures dating from the 1700s. One of these is a Gothic Revival style ice house that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Botany Bay is open during daylight hours every day, but is closed during scheduled hunts for deer and turkey. There are several places on the plantation where fishing is allowed. There are NO FACILITIES. No restrooms, no picnic tables, no playgrounds, not even trash receptacles. Just nature and lots of it! Bicycles and boats are allowed. Horses and dogs are prohibited on the beach. ATVs are prohibited everywhere.



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