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:  Thursday, August 28, 2014
Where:  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Patrick Square, Clemson
Time:  6:00 PM (ticketed reception, $20) and 7:15 PM (book presentation, free)
Event:  Reflections on a Seabird Rookery - Deveaux Bank, South Carolina
  -  Presentation by Dana Beach, Executive Director of the Coastal Conservation League. 

See the KCBC Website for details on this event, co-sponsored by the Keowee-Clemson Bird Club, the Foothills Group of the Sierra Club, The SC Master Naturalist Program, the SC Master Gardener Program, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.


When:  Saturday, September 13, 2014
Where:  Jackson Park and Hooper Lane, Henderson County, NC
Time:  6:30 AM until early afternoon
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  Meet at 6:30 AM at the Hardee's in Traveler’s Rest.  We’ll carpool to Jackson Park to look for migrating songbirds.  Afterwards, we’ll have lunch at Papas & Beer, a GCBC tradition.  After lunch, we’ll look for shorebirds at the sod farm at nearby Hooper Lane.  Bring water, snacks, and sunscreen.


When:  Saturday, September 20, 2014 (rain date Sunday, September 21)
Event:  Greenville County Annual Fall Migration Count
This event will include the 3rd-Saturday GCBC outing at Lake Conestee Nature Park
Coordinator:  Paul Serridge
Comments:  With the help of many individual leaders we will cover as much of Greenville County as possible.  Reports are also encouraged from back-yard birders.  Past Greenville County Migration Counts have resulted in well over 100 species.

Migration Count details will be announced via emails to the club membership.


When:  Saturday, September 27, 2014
Where:  Table Rock State Park, Pickens County, SC
Time:  8:00 AM until early afternoon
Leader:  Scott Stegenga
Comments:  Meet at 8:00 AM at the visitor center on the south side of Highway 11, east of the main entrance to the park.  Our leader will be Scott Stegenga, interpretive ranger at the park.


When:  Saturday, October 4, 2014
Where:  Cedar Falls Park, Gunter Road, and Holliday Circle, Greenville County, SC
Time:  TBD
Leader:  Brad Dalton
Comments:  Details for this trip are not yet determined, but plan to come out and enjoy this under-birded area.  Cedar Falls Park proved very productive this spring, so let's see what fall has to offer.


When:  Saturday, October 18, 2014
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
Time:  8:00 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.


Trips and Events in the Works:

 - November TBD - Townville area
 - November 15 - Lake Conestee Nature Park
 - November / December TBD - Cape Romain NWR Curlew Trip with Coastal Expeditions

 

Outings and Events Sponsored by Other Organizations:

Organization:  Carolina Bird Club
Event:  Fall Meeting, Charleston, SC
Dates:  September 26-27, 2014
Details:  For detailed information and to register, visit the Carolina Bird Club website.

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.