May 22, 2017
Shorebird Stewardship Training
We are pleased to announce an exciting new program that will help conserve Kiawah Island’s shorebirds – The Kiawah Island Shorebird Stewardship Program! The program will help to protect Kiawah’s shorebirds with the main goal aimed at educating Kiawah’s residents and guests about the birds that they share the beach with. To achieve this goal, we are looking for volunteers who are able to share with beachgoers fun facts about the birds that nest, rest, and feed on our beaches.
You don’t need to be an expert just a willingness to learn. We will teach you about the key bird species of concern and how to engage with the public. The most important qualities are enthusiasm, patience, and interest in helping our feathered wildlife.
Our efforts this year will focus on the nesting birds on the east end of the island. Next year, we will expand our focus to include migrating red knots that visit our beaches in the spring in large numbers on their journey north to the Arctic. The time commitments will be flexible (3-4 hour periods) and will go through the nesting period-probably through July. We hope to have people work in pairs and will be appreciative for whatever time you can donate.
For your convenience, we will offer two training sessions-each consisting of a short classroom portion followed by a field portion on the beach. We will teach you everything you need to know.
The training sessions will be held on Friday, May 26 and Thursday, June 1 from 2:00-5:00pm in Council Chambers at Town Hall. You only need to attend one of the training sessions. It will mostly likely be hot out on the beach so please bring water, sun protection, and binoculars (if you have them) for the field portion of the training exercise.
Please RSVP by calling Aaron Given at (843) 768-9166 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to participate but are unable to attend a training program, please let us know and we will try to arrange an on-the-job training with an experienced steward.