Outings
"All good things are wild and
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- Henry David Thoreau
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Outings are typically held on a Saturday morning, and guests are always welcome.  In case of inclement weather, you may call the walk leader (if one is listed) for last minute changes or cancellations.  We also list outings scheduled by other area bird clubs or organizations which are of special interest to our club.


GCBC Ongoing Outings:

When:  Third Saturday of each month
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC
See details of time and place to meet in the list of outings below.
An updated Park bird list and monthly records can be found on our Projects page under “Lake Conestee Nature Park”. More information about the Park is available at http://www.conesteepark.com/

When:  Seasonal, September 1st through December 1st
Where:  Hawk Watch at Caesar's Head State Park
Contact:  If you are interested in helping out, contact Jeff Catlin: jcatlin@gcbirdclub.org
Comments:  Hawk watch is dependent on both the weather and available personnel. For more information about the Hawk Watch program, visit our hawk watch page.
Caesar's Head Hawk Watch Video.


GCBC Currently Scheduled Outings:

*** NOTE: IF PLANNING TO CARPOOL, PLEASE BE PREPARED TO CONTRIBUTE APPROXIMATELY 5 CENTS PER MILE TO THE DRIVER.


When:  Saturday, July 12, 2014 - OUTING POSTPONED
Where:  Hooper Lane, Henderson County, NC
Time:  N/A
Leader:  JB Hines
Comments:  OUTING POSTPONED.  With few reports of migrating shorebirds, and not much recent rain, we'll postpone this and look for better conditions another time.


When:  Saturday, July 19, 2014
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
Time:  7:00 AM until noon
Leader:  Paul Serridge
Comments:  The park entrance is at 840 Mauldin Road, Greenville (opposite a FedEx facility and the junction with Ridge Road).  On entering the park, drive ~ 200 yards and turn left into a parking area behind the Little League ball fields.  We meet at the trailhead at the upper corner of this parking area.

Along with our regular monthly Conestee walk, we will also have a slower-paced walk for beginners or anyone wanting to sleep in.  We'll start at the Spanco Drive parking area at 8:00 AM and bird slowly along the paved trail, planning to be done by around 10:30.


When:  Saturday, July 26, 2014
Where:  Allendale and Orangeburg
Time:  7:00 AM until mid afternoon
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  We'll look for Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites in the
Allendale area, then make a stop by the Super Sod Farm in Orangeburg to
check for migrating shorebirds.  Bring lunch, water, and sunscreen. We'll depart promptly at 7:00 AM from the parking lot of the Jeff Lynch at Roper Mountain Road and I-385.  Note the optional extension to Bear Island and Donnelley for Sunday.  Details below.  Please contact Jeff Click if planning to attend all or part of this trip, so that logistics can be worked out.


When:  Sunday, July 27, 2014
Where:  Bear Island and Donnelley WMAs
Time:  7:00 AM until late afternoon
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  This is a continuation of Saturday's trip, but can be attended separately if preferred.  We'll start early to beat the heat, and head to Bear Island to find wading birds, shorebirds, and terns.  We will work out details for the departure the evening before, but will leave from the hotel in Walterboro after breakfast.  Returning to Greenville Sunday evening.



Trips and Events in the Works:

 - August 16 - Lake Conestee
 - September 13 - Jackson Park and Hooper Lane
 - September 20 - Fall Migration Count and Lake Conestee (rain date 9/21)
 - September 27 - Table Rock State Park (tentatively)
 - October 4 - Cedar Falls Park, Gunter Road, and Holliday Circle

 

Outings and Events Sponsored by Other Organizations:

Organization:  Keowee-Clemson Bird Club
Comments:  This nearby club has a regular slate of great outings as well as occasional presentations and "Birds and Beer" gatherings.  See the KCBC website (http://keoweeclemsonbirdclub.org) or Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/KeoweeClemsonBirdClub) for information about their activities.

Organization:  Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society
When:
  First Saturday of each month
Time:  October through May: 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and
June through September: 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Where:  Beaver Lake Sanctuary (meet at gazebo)
Comments:  There is no charge for this walk and visitors are always welcome. All of the walks are led by knowledgeable volunteers, who are familiar with both the birds and the local area.

Organization:  Henderson County Bird Club
When:
  Second Saturday of each month
Time:  October through May: 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and
June through September: 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Where:  Jackson Park (meet at Admin Bldg parking lot)
Comments:  There is no charge for this walk and visitors are always welcome. All of the walks are led by knowledgeable volunteers, who are familiar with both the birds and the local area.

Ventures, Incorporated has a regular schedule of outings in the Carolinas, throughout the United States, and internationally.  For details, visit their web site at www.birdventures.com.