Sunday, December 18, 2016, 7:00 AM
Harry Hampton Visitor Center parking lot
Christmas Bird Counts, conducted each year since 1900, are the oldest citizen science project in the country. A Christmas Bird Count (or CBC) is an all-day effort to find and identify as many wild birds as possible within a 15-mile diameter circle. This effort, which now includes over 2,400 circles and 72,000 participants annually, is sponsored by the National Audubon Society; results may be reviewed at birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count. We have a CBC for Congaree Swamp (founded by Robin Carter) that includes almost all the national park and adjacent areas, from Gadsden in Richland County to Fort Motte and St. Matthews in Calhoun County.
Congaree Swamp CBC often has among the highest counts in the country of Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Barred Owl, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, blackbird species, and others. Last year, participants saw a Golden Eagle soaring over park property, and the year before participants who were out before dawn witnessed a spectacular display from the Geminid meteor shower—you never know what you will see out there.
Join us to help out. If you are a novice, an expert birder will lead you around the boardwalk and Bluff Trail in the morning, which together host some of the park’s best sites ofr interesting wintering species and permanent residents, including Winter Wren, Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Creeper, Red-headed Woodpecker, Rusty Blackbird and Fox Sparrow. You may stay as long as you like–many participants stay for a few hours, but some will bird all day as part of one of our parties. Meet at the visitor center parking lot at 7:00 AM on Sunday, December 18, 2016 for this free event. If interested, please contact John Grego at 803-331-3366, email email@example.com