The low country beaches are experiencing a much higher use over the last few weekends and this weekend is expected to be no different. We typically have Audubon SC Shorebird Stewards on the beaches to help educate beach users on ways they can protect ground nesting shorebirds. Due to Covid-19 there will be no Shorebird Stewards this week-end. Due to social distancing it is a bit more of a challenge to educate users which is typically done by handing out brochures, showing photos and allowing folks to view birds through scopes and talking to people about why it is not a good idea to go into dunes or posted nesting areas or being too close to birds during periods of high tides.
The one thing that is very helpful if you are on the beach this weekend is data collection. data. Data is very important in obtaining resources for shorebird monitoring and law enforcement on the inlet beaches. If folks are on the inlet beaches at any point during the weekend please take the following photos; boats and people on the beach, people and/or dogs above the high tide line or within posted nesting areas. If you do find yourself talking with folks please wear a face mask.
If you would like to learn more about nesting shorebirds and how to talk to folks about these threatened species please plan on joining a virtual training session on Friday, May 22nd at 10:30 with Nolan, SC Audubon. https://audubon.zoom.us/j/91275765772 or call 1 (312) 626-6799 and use meeting ID: 91275765772
If you would like to sign up for turtle patrol while on Dewees Island please use this link. If you need a copy of the DNR Volunteer Waiver to sign (need to sign before walking for this year) please let me know. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4caaa929a02-dewees4
Educational Programs will look a little different this summer due to social distancing but I think we have a great lineup of fun & creative activities over the next several months. The Dewees Island Conservancy Facebook page will host programs & activities lead by our summer interns. Emily has posted a few recent trail camera sightings from Dewees Island and check the Conservancy’s Facebook page on Friday for Olivia’s Shell Scavenger Hunt.