Augusta-Aiken Audubon March, 2019<u> Newsletter

	March, 2019                        Gene Howard, Editor,
	Volume 48, No. 2        

MARCH MEETING: The Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society will meet on March 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM.


Join us for a brief overview of our six-week ramble to and around Newfoundland last spring. It’s a wonderfully inviting and reasonably affordable destination and home to awesome nesting colonies of Atlantic Puffins and Northern Gannets. And then you have Blackpolls in every bush, pish-able Crossbills, Mourning Warblers singing on territory, and much, much more. Newfoundland is one of the few places we’ve been that’s on our “summer go back soon” list.


Hosted by UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant and Manomet

Put your birding skills to use and participate in the International Shorebird Survey (ISS) during a two-day coastal stewards’ workshop, March 22-23. On the first day of the workshop, participants with gather for an evening presentation by Abby Sterling, shorebird biologist for Manomet Inc., covering ISS protocols and the history of the survey. Following the presentation, there will be a brief refresher on shorebird ID. The next day, participants will travel by boat through Wassaw Sound to conduct the ISS during the spring shorebird migration. This survey provides important information on population trends used in shorebird conservation planning.

This workshop is designed for intermediate or advanced birders with strong shorebird identification skills or those who are willing to study on their own prior to the workshop.

Registration is required by March 15. Contact Kayla Clark at or 912-598-3345 to register.

More information is available HERE

SPRING TRAIL RIDE - March 9, 2019

Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary
4542 Silver Bluff Rd
Jackson, SC 29831
9 a.m. -4 p.m.
$35 per Rider

Gates open at 9 a.m.
Lunch provided at noon!
• Approx. 8-mile loops
• Ride at your own pace
• Ride 2nd loop after lunch if desired

All proceeds benefit Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary

Pre-registration required before March 8

Riders must provide their own horse.
Current negative Coggins required. No exceptions!

Contact Paul Koehler if you have questions.

Register at you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your SPAM folder.

Wisdom, the (at least) 68-year-old female Laysan Albatross banded by Chandler Robbins in 1956 on Midway
Island has hatched yet another chick (at least her 32nd). She is the oldest confirmed wild bird in the world as well as the
oldest banded bird in the world.


Augusta-Aiken Audubon held 31 field trips in 2018 to various locations around the area and a few road trips. Over the course of the year participants saw 161 species of birds. Along the way we had good looks at some birds we don’t see often; Horned Larks in the fields above Silver Bluff, astoundingly cooperative Virginia Rail at Savannah NWR, Yellow-billed Cuckoos everywhere during fall migration and Red-breasted Nuthatches and Purple Finches during their irruption. This year is just beginning but we’re hoping for another great year.

Trucks are running at Merry – please be aware if you bird Lover’s Lane or Merry Brickyard Ponds that heavy trucks are again running the roads there. These are private roads owned by the Meridian Brick Company and the working trucks have the right of way. Please park well to the side of the road and step to the edge when you see these trucks coming. The trucks are driving more slowly than they used to as well. I believe the new route is from the far end of Lover’s Lane at the turn to the creek all the way back down to the access road just below the dig on Foster’s Road, across Boat Ramp Rd, down Haul Road and the paved road to the plant. On a side note, Meridian is doing a good job of maintaining the roads and they were in the best shape they have been in years on our last field trip.

March 9, Saturday -Clark’s Hill Wander. Meet at 9 am in the small parking lot at the SC Visitor’s Center at the dam (lower parking lot) to carpool to various locations around the lake. We will spend some time walking around the Below Dam SC area looking for woodland birds as well as waterfowl. There have been quite a number of Bald Eagles in the area all winter and we will look for gulls as well. We’ll then drive to West Dam for a quick stop, then all the way around to Cherokee in Lincoln County to look for loons and ducks. All the way back to pick up cars and then stop at Parksville in SC where we have seen Red-breasted Merganser and loons before. Trip should last until early afternoon.

March 16, Saturday Phinizy Swamp NP. Meet at 8 am in the parking lot at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park to walk the 2.5-mile loop. We will look for wintering birds such as American Bittern, Black-crowned Night Heron and ducks. Then we will (if passable) come back through the woods to look for Brown Creeper and arriving warblers. Field trip should end around noon.

April 6, Saturday Wings and Things – Meet at the Kathwood Ponds at 9am to ramble around Silver Bluff looking for things with wings (and some without). This is our annual trip for all things nature primarily focusing on butterflies and dragonflies. We usually go until about 1 and then anyone wanting to continue can drive over to the cabin and walk that area. This has a different habitat and often different species are found there. Bring lunch if you want and we will eat at the cabin.

April 13, Saturday Pendleton King Park. Meet at Pendleton King Park at 8 am, near the picnic pavilion just inside the entrance. We will walk the trails looking for arriving migrants. The trip should end about noon.

April 20, Saturday -Phinizy Swamp NP – Join me at 8 am as I lead a Phinizy Swamp sponsored Spring Migration Field Trip. There will be a cost for this trip (usually $5). Trip will last until about 11.

May 4, SaturdayAiken County Migration Count – If you have a regular territory please do it. If you live in Aiken County and have feeders, please count them. If you want to help and have a favorite place please let Paul Koehler at Silver Bluff know where you are going to count. If you want to help but don’t have a place please meet us at Silver Bluff at 7:30 and we will set you up with a team to count parts of the center.

Lois Stacey North Augusta, SC

Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society
4542 Silver Bluff Rd.
Jackson, SC 29831
Phone: 803-471-0291

President: Brandon Heitkamp
Vice President: Lois Stacey
Secretary: Mary Pallon
Treasurer: Gerald May

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Webmaster: Gene Howard,

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