|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
Nature Adventures Outfitters "Fathers Day Cookout & Fun Paddle", June 16th - 11:00am.
Get outside and do something different with Dad! Start with a luncheon cookout at Hampton Plantation with burgers, hot dogs and more. Enjoy the plantation trails and mansion tour then embark on a family fun paddle down Wambaw Creek to the santee River along the banks of Hampton Island. Anticipate seeing alligators and turtles all the while enjoying the great outdoors in a safe, creek environment! * Extra fee for the luncheon. Meet at 11:00 for the cookout and mansion tour, followed by the 2 hour creek paddle at 1:00 pm. $35 for ages 13 and up; $25 for ages12 and under. Book your trip with NAO at 843.568.3222 or visito www.kayakcharlestonsc.com.
|Paddling Wambaw Creek.
Credit: Nature Adventures Outfitters
|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
|Click on the links below for detailed information on these and other events scheduled in June and July.|
|Sewee Red Wolves!
Two four-year old sibling Red wolves have found a home at the Sewee Center. Amid much excitement, the sisters arrived at the Center on November 1, 2012. Growing up at the Salisbury Zoological Park, MD, the endangered wolves don't shy away from admiring viewers. 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
|Youth Fishing Rodeo. Credit: Tricia Lynch/USFWS|
Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center is the gateway to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest. To encourage public involvement and use of the 325,000 acres of public land, recurring programs are offered at the Center.
Sewee Lecture Series, a monthly program, reflects national themes as well as items of local interest. Children's “hands-on” conservation education programs are offered on Saturday mornings once or twice each month. Guided wildflower walks in the woods are scheduled quarterly. Guided kayak trips through blackwater creeks and salt water creeks and bays, are offered seasonally.
Annual special events are traditionally held in the same month and, if possible, on the same weekends. For instance, the Youth Fishing Rodeo is offered on the second Saturday each June. The Cape Romain Lighthouse Tour is the only guided trip to visit Lighthouse Island. Four tours are offered each year.
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 May, 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|