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THE WOODPECKER POST

NEWSLETTER OF THE
COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETY
P.O. BOX 5923 COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29250
Summer, 2005

Joanna Weitzel
Executive Director of Carolina Wildlife Care

Backyard Wildlife
Dabbs Farm, Black River Swamp
Joanna2Weitzel, Executive Director of Carolina Wildlife
Saturday, October
Care, will discuss wildlife rehabilitation and the center's ef-
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warblers; early October has been the peak of the fall warbler migration there in recent
different species of wildlife in their care and bring some
years. Evelyn also maintains a large number of feeders. No bird banding is planned for
this day. The picnic and walks live
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and low paced. You should bring your
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and chairs.
wildlife.
DIRECTIONS: From Columbia take US 378 to Sumter, then jog to the left to US 378
Bypass around the north side of Sumter. After 378 Bypass and 378
Directions to Saluda Shoals Park:

Take I-20 to exit #63 and go northwest on Bush River Road


2.9 kilometers. Turn left onto Saint Andrews Road and go
northwest 1.7 km.. Turn left, and you will be back on Bush
River Road. Go west about 2.7 km. and look for a sign on
the left just after Carolina Wildlife Care. If you see the Lake
Murray dam, you’ve gone too far.

Thursday, May 12, 7:00 PM

Redbud Picnic Shelter, Saluda Shoals Park


5605 Bush River Road

ALL CAS PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


Summer Field Trips!
For all field trips we suggest you bring binoculars, field guide, rain gear, water, food, and insect repellent (if you have them). Non-members and
novices are always welcome. The Columbia Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society. The Columbia Audubon Society as-
sumes no responsibilities for injuries, personal or otherwise, that may occur while attending Society-sponsored events and will not be held liable
for any such injuries. Attend at your own risk. For more information, please call a Board Member whose numbers are listed on the last page.

Wednesday Warblers Before Work Migratory Bird Day at Congaree National


Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Park
Saturday, May 14, 9:00 AM
This weekly series of walks continues
through Wednesday, May 4. During the past Columbia Audubon’s Steve Dennis will
year, the City of Columbia has done lead a morning bird walk as part of the North
extensive work on this park. There is now a American Migratory Bird Day. This morning
north entrance by the diversion dam that walk will start at 9 am from the Visitor Center.
allows easy access to the more wooded sec-
tions; these should be better for birding than Landsford Canal State Park
the area near the south entrance. Saturday, May 28, 10:00 AM

Meet at 7 am at the park entrance on One of South Carolina’s most spectacular


River Drive on the Columbia side of the natural sights is the blooming of the Rocky
Broad River Bridge. There is a sign. Shoals Spider Lilies. Landsford Canal State
Robin Carter will lead if he has recovered Park has an impressive display most years
from his Big Day. that can be viewed from land. Meet at the
Landsford Canal visitor center next to the
North American Migratory Bird Day parking lot at 10 AM. Be prepared for a short
Saturday, May 14 walk along dirt trials to see the spider lilies.

The North American Migration Count is We will also look for birds; eagles are
held on the second Saturday in May each sometimes seen at this park. Bring a picnic
year. Although many CAS members partici- lunch if you like, but there will be an informal
pate, we do not sponsor this event, so count trip to the Catawba Fish Camp on the
in one or more of the counties of your choice Catawba River for seafood if we leave the
on that day. Then, submit your list (species park early enough. After we eat at CFC, we
and numbers) either to your county coordina- will stop at the boat landing to see the nesting
tor, or state coordinator if the county does not Cliff Swallows. Steve will not be rescuing any
have a coordinator; the list must include habi- nestlings who fall into the river this time,
tats visited, the time spent, and the miles sorry.
driven as well as the bird counts.
If you want to get out on the water
Bob Ellis (Ellis29205@aol.com; 803-790-1549) is amongst the lilies, the state park has a series
the South Carolina coordinator. of popular canoe trips during the lily season.
Molly Bonnell (803-359-6280) is the N.b.: This is a state park, so there is a
Lexington county coordinator; Lloyd Moon is the nominal fee to enter.
Sumter county coordinator. (Continued on page 4)
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Directors & Chairs 2005 Chapter Membership Application
Volunteers are always welcome!!
Yes, I’d like to join.
Please enroll me as a member of the National Audubon
President: Dan Tufford 782-6848
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Secretary: Marcia Watkins magazine and my membership card to the address below.
Treasurer: Marcia Watkins 779-7570 My check for $20 (introductory rate) is enclosed.
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Newsletter: Steve C. Dennis 788-1854 ---------------------------LOCAL CHAPTER------------------------
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CAS WEBSITE:
www.columbiaaudubon.org
(or use the link from www.audubon.org) walk at Congaree National Park. One of the
most important features of Congaree National
Park is that it is the home and breeding area of
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large numbers of birds, including many so-called
Neotropical migrants -- species which breed in
The park web site is at http://www. North America but go south in the winter to
southcarolinaparks.com/stateparks/ Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, or
Parkdetail.Asp?Pid=916. Check the Events South America. This is one of the main reasons
category. why Congaree National Park has been named a
Globally Important Bird Area by the American
Dawn Chorus at Congaree Bird Conservancy and Birdlife International.
Saturday, June 4, 5:00 AM!!
An excellent way to help this dry fact become
a personal experience is to be out in the park at
Some things are worth missing a little dawn during the main breeding season (late
sleep for! Friends of Congaree Swamp has April through early June) and listen to the dawn
invited us to join with them for a dawn chorus bird chorus of bird song.

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