Congaree National Park owl

Robin Carter Dawn Chorus Walk at Congaree National Park

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 5:30 AM
Visitors’ Center, Congaree National Park

Leader: Donna Slyce

Robin Carter, who passed away in 2008, did more than anyone to promote birding at Congaree National Park. He established most of the annual birding events at the park, maintained a 20-year database of Congaree bird reports, and turned enthusiastically to sound recording at the park late in his birding career. To celebrate and continue Robin’s legacy, Friends will hold its Robin Carter Dawn Chorus Walk on Sunday, May 3, 2015. The Dawn Chorus Walk at Congaree National Park was started by Robin in 2005, and we now celebrate the event with the rest of the world on International Dawn Chorus Day. This year, we will be joined by some special guests–Robin’s sisters Janice Evans and Patty Sentor, who will travel from out-of-state to attend in honor of Robin. Curtis Derrick will present his poem “Song”, inspired by Robin’s sound recordings at the park.

We will meet at the Visitor Center at 5:30 AM. This will provide an opportunity to listen to the pre-dawn sounds of owls, nightjars, and migrating thrushes before the main event, which begins a half hour before sunrise. We can reasonably expect to hear as many as forty species of birds calling. Bird song experts will be on hand to help you identify what you hear, or you can just listen and take in the experience.

The Dawn Chorus hike will be followed by a free breakfast at 7:30 AM organized and prepared by Friends members. The breakfast menu changes slightly from year to year, but will include shrimp and creamy grits, bacon/date and cherry/orange scones, cheddar drop biscuits, a breakfast strata, fresh fruit, juice and lots of coffee.

Contact John Grego,, 803-331-3366
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