The Seasons of Cape Romain
|Tour Bulls Island With Patrick McMillan - Benefit for Loggerhead Turtle Program, May 26, 2013
On Sunday, May 26th, enjoy a rare opportunity to experience Bulls Island with Dr. Patrick McMillan, South Carolina's premier biologist/naturalist. Two tours will be leaving from Garris Landing, Cape Romain NWR, Awendaw. The first departure is scheduled for 10am. A picnic lunch will be served on the island. The tour is $75 per person. All proceeds go to the SEWEE Association to benefit the Loggerhead Sea Turtle project at Cape Romain. Space is limited so register early! Contact Coastal Expeditions at 843.884.7684 or firstname.lastname@example.org for registration and tour details.
|Patrick McMillan interprets wildlife ecology on Bulls. Credit: USFWS|
|Become a SEANET Volunteer! Conduct Bird Monitoring on Island Beaches. Workshop June 13, 2013 - 6:30pm.
The SEANET (Seabird Ecological Assessment Network) is expanding its program and you can help by joining SEANET and walking a segment of South Carolina's beaches of your choosing once or twice a month collecting data on environmental conditions, beach debris and both dead and live bird sightings. Reports submitted by SEANET volunteers are vital to this effort. No scientific background or special training is required, just a desire to help SC's marine ecosystems. Join SEANET project coordinator Dr. Sarah Courchesne to hear about the program and how you can become involved. The workshop will be held at the Sewee Visitor Center from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. For more information and reservations, call 843.727.4707 ext 214 or 843.727.4707 ext. 304. RSVP by June 5th.
|Monitoring seabirds on a SC beach. Credit: USFWS|
Boneyard Beach Photography Tour on Bulls Island, June 15th - 4:45am.
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Cape Romain! This pre-dawn excursion takes you through the winding creeks and bays of the refuge to Bulls Island where you will travel safari-style to the spectacular Boneyard Beach, one of the most photographed beaches on the east coast. Along the way and on the beach enjoy the birding and other wildlife, island exploration and beachcombing. The tour is $45 per person. Register with Coastal Expeditions at 843.884.7684 or visit www.coastalexpeditions.com.
|Boneyard Beach Sunrise.
Credit: Weatherly Meadors
|Cape Romain Historic Lighthouse Tour July 28th, 2013
Don't miss this guided tour to Lighthouse Island on Sunday, July28th. The tour begins at 9:30 am with a presentation on the historic lights at the Sewee Visitor and Environment Education Center. Following the lecture, Lighthouse enthusiasts will travel to McClellanville to board the Island Cat Ferry. The island is located in a National Wilderness Area and the trip takes you through a pristine salt marsh and estuary with opportunities to view numerous shorebirds and seabirds and catch a glimpse of Bottlenose dolphins. Winding through the estuary to the island, 7 miles out, is part of the adventure! Boat space is limited and reservations are required. Book your tour with Coastal Expeditions at 843.884.7684 or visit www.coastalexpeditions.com
|Cape Romain Lighthouses.
Credit: Bud Hill
|Red Wolves have Arrived at the Sewee Center !
Two four-year old sibling Red wolves have found a new home at the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center. Amid much excitement, the sisters arrived November 1st. Growing up at the Salisbury Zoological Park, MD, the sisters don't shy away from admiring viewers and are said to have a fondness for howling. With a population of approximately 300, the Red wolf is one of the most endangered animals in the world today.
|Red wolf sisters.
Credit: Salisbury Zoological Park
Spring is a prime time to visit the refuge. You have opportunities to see painted buntings and other songbirds as their migration peaks in March and April. Shorebirds also return at this time. Alligators can be viewed as they sun along the banks of Jacks Creek and Summerhouse Pond.
|Great Egret. Credit: Ricky Wrenn©|
Summer is a hot and humid period. Temperatures sometimes reach above 100 degrees but visitors are rewarded with the possibility of seeing endangered woodstorks, fledgling royal terns and other young birds.
|Black Duck. Credit: Danny Bales©|
Fall temperatures begin to cool and fall colors appear in the maritime forest. In September, ducks begin to arrive in preparation for their winter stay. In October, yellow warblers and other songbirds again pass through the refuge.
Winter is the season for hunting and fishing. Channel bass runs peak in November and deer hunts occur in November and December. Birders can observe peak waterfowl numbers in late November and early December. At this time, most of the Atlantic Coast's American Oystercatcher population is on the refuge. January and February are prime times to gather clams and oysters.
|Lighthouse Tour. Credit:
|Archery Hunt. Credit: Tricia Lynch/USFWS|
|Youth Fishing Rodeo. Credit: Tricia Lynch/USFWS|
Cape Romain Historic Lighthouse Tour
Four tours to Lighthouse Island are offered throughout the year to view Cape Romain's two historic lighthouses, built in 1827 and 1857. Both on the Register of Historic Places, the 1827 light is one of the oldest in the country. Contact the Sewee Center for tour information.
Bulls Island Archery Hunt
Archery hunts for white-tailed deer occur on Bulls Island two weeks annually. Each 6 day hunt begins the first Monday in November and first Monday in December. The hunts offer wholesome outdoor recreation as well as provide a management tool to maintain a healthy deer population. For hunting information, see the hunt brochure.
Youth Fishing Rodeo
In celebration of our National Wildlife Refuges, in the late spring the Sewee Center hosts a youth fishing rodeo for children of all ages at the Sewee Pond. Prizes and fish art T-shirts highlight this event. Contact the Sewee Center for rodeo information.
BULLS ISLAND WEEKEND ECO-EXPEDITIONS
For the first time in 43 years, the Dominick House on Cape Romain's Bulls Island is once again receiving overnight guests. Hosted by Coastal Expeditions, refuge concession, the three day/two night weekend ecology trip has a focus on barrier island dynamics, the connections of human and natural history, and invasive species. A myriad of island wildlife and plants will be studied as guests explore the salt marsh, maritime forest and beach. Expeditions will be offered on the third weekend of October through March, with the first trip scheduled for October 19th - 21st.
In 1936, Mr. Gayer Dominick of New York conveyed Bulls Island to the Cape Romain NWR. Historically, from 1940 - 1969, the refuge awarded contracts to concessionaires who offered Bulls Island visitors lodging and meals at the Dominick House. During those 29 years, five concessionaires lived on the island with their families, providing quality services for those who came to the island to birdwatch, fish, photograph wildlife, beachcomb and archery hunt. Guests came from across the United States, Canada, and other countries including Finland, England, Germany, France, Sweden and South Africa. For more information and to register for an expedition, contact Coastal Expeditions at 843.884.7684 or visit Coastal Expeditions.
|Dominick House. Credit: Weatherly Meadors|