Bird Key Stono: Birding + Beach Sweep | November 23 Book Now

Saturday, November 23
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

We need your help!

Join Coastal Expeditions & local conservation leaders from  Audubon South Carolina on Saturday, November 23 to help clean up a critical nesting island, Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve.

We’ll meet under the shaded canopy of grand oaks at the Farmhouse at Kiawah River, an island village in the Charleston countryside on Johns Island. From there, Coastal Expeditions guides and Audubon South Carolina bird experts, including Nolan Schillerstrom, will take you on a birding trip down the Kiawah River into the Stono River.

Once we arrive at the rookery island, we’ll work as a team to remove the debris that has collected on Bird Key.  Bird Key Stono is one of the most critical bird nesting sites in South Carolina and the window is small to make it as hospitable as possible for the many species of seabirds and shorebirds that nest there.

A portion of the proceeds from this expedition will be donated to Audubon South Carolina to help them with future conservation projects in our area.

Read more about Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve, an Audubon Important Bird Area, here.

Things to Know

ACTIVITY LEVEL
After a Kiawah River boat ride, participants will depart directly from the boat onto the beach to begin the litter sweep.  This is an undeveloped barrier island and does not have bathrooms or a shelter.  

TOUR DURATION
4 hours

WHAT TO WEAR
Shoes that you don’t mind getting wet (Tevas-style shoes are best), a hat, and synthetic clothing (it will dry faster than cotton). During cooler weather, dress in layers. Work gloves will be helpful if you have them.

WHAT TO BRING
Drinking water, sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks/bagged lunch.

NEED TO CANCEL?
This is a service project and depends upon volunteers for it to be successful.  If you will not be able to make it, please call us and let us know a week prior to the date so that we can fill the spot with someone else.

WHY DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE IN A SERVICE PROJECT?
It takes a lot to transport and run a Coast Guard-certified vessel with a captain for the day.  That, coupled with the cost of guides, coordinating the trip, providing equipment and disposing of trash involves real expenses. While we would do this for free, we also want it to be sustainable.

Bird Key Stono: Birding + Beach Sweep | November 23

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