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April 2009

No. 300

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April 2009 No. 300 E cobon Newsletter of the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society Audubon Refuge

Newsletter of the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society Audubon Refuge Keepers

PRESIDEnT'S mESSAgE By Bill Nicol The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) is chartered
PRESIDEnT'S mESSAgE
By Bill Nicol
The South Carolina Department of
Natural Resources (SCDNR) is chartered
to serve as the principal advocate for and
steward of South Carolina’s natural re-
sources. We have visited several of their
managed areas (Bear Island, Donnelly,
Victoria Bluff) on recent field trips and
will visit another (Webb) in April. The
current economic downturn has impacted
their funding from the state and requires
them to make do with fewer resources.
As Audubon members and supporters of
the SCDNR mission, we can help them
in their time of need by buying a hunt-
ing/fishing license even though you may
be neither a hunter nor a fisherman. The
funds collected from the sale of licenses
are matched by the Federal Government
and all funds go directly to SCDNR to
support their work. Hunters and fish-
ermen provide a significant portion of
SCDNR funds in each fiscal year used
to maintain the Wildlife Management
Area’s.
I was born and raised in Western
Pennsylvania and most of my relatives
were hunters and fishermen. I never had
any interest in hunting or fishing; how-
ever I have purchased a SC license just
to help maintain these important areas
in our state. If you want to help, go to
www.dnr.sc.gov or call 803-734-3833
and apply for a license. Special licenses
are available for seniors.
Mark your calendar ~ The annual end
of the meeting year picnic will be held
on May 12th. Details will be announced
at the April meeting and in the next
Ecobon.

APRIL PRogRAm

by Charlotte White

Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 7:30 p.m. at the Seabrook

Little Brown Jobbies ~ The Sparrows

For our April program, Diana Churchill will give a powerpoint presentation to help us understand those “confusing little brown jobbies” – sparrows. For over eight years, Diana has been writing a twice a month column about birds for the Sa- vannah Morning News Closeups. Read more about her work at the following web site: http://web.me.com/dichurchbirds.

When I wrote to ask Diana questions about her interest in birds, her written response was as easy to read as her column. Here she writes: “I got interested in birds as a young girl. My folks always had bird feeders outside the window. We did a lot of camping vacations and were always fascinated with wildlife. I took one month-long class in Ornithology at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. After that, I sort of got away from birds until the early 1980s when I was living in Newton, Massachusetts. I discovered that the Brookline Bird Club led early morning spring migration walks at Mt. Auburn Cemetery every morning from mid-April until the end of May. I began listening to Birding by Ear tapes and going on as many field trips as possible. Most of what I've learned has been by being out in the field with people who know more than I do.”

After living in Massachusetts for 17 years, Diana returned to her hometown of Savannah. There she has worked for Wild Birds Unlimited as a Bird Feeding Specialist, and for Wilderness Southeast as Administrative Assistant and Naturalist Guide. She is active with Ogeechee Audubon, as well as helping with the Colonial Coast Birding and Nature Festival and leading field trips for Georgia Ornithologi- cal Society meetings.

To meet one of our Audubon Savannah neighbors, who not only knows a great deal about birds but also writes about them and photographs them, come to this meeting about sparrows on Tuesday, April 14, WITH A FRIEND, at 7:30 p.m. at the Seabrook, 300 Woodhaven Drive, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

FIELD TRIPS by Kay Hodnett

After an interesting visit to a raptor rehabilitation facility in March, in April we are heading back to the wild to look for birds. We will visit Webb Wildlife Manage- ment Area on April 26, a Sunday (the only day of the week this time of year when Webb is closed to turkey hunters). Barry Lowes has agreed to lead this trip. Webb is one of the premier birding destinations in the area, and April is the best time of year to go. We should see, inter alia, red cockaded woodpeckers and painted buntings. But to do so we need to arrive early. Those wishing to carpool need to be at Moss Creek Village in time for departure at 7AM sharp. It takes about an hour and a half to drive to Webb. I will bring driving directions to the April meeting and also to Moss Creek Village. To sign up for the trip call Kay Hodnett at 342-7485 or email olivhod2@aol.com (please include the word “Audubon” or “bird” in the subject line).

HHI Audubon

Board of Directors:

President Bill Nicol Vice President Ken Neitzke Treasurer Karen McGinty Fran Baer Recording Secretary Steve White Corresponding Secretary Sherman Barker Members‑at‑Large Howard Costa Jim Currie Marianne Currie Clem Dietze Barry Lowes Nan Lloyd Betty Walter Joan Wilson

Committee Chairpersons:

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Karen McGinty

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Audubon Newhall Preserve Joan Shulman

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Bird Walks/Field Trips Kay Hodnett

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Bird House Construction Jim Currie

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Bird Seed Sale Ed Nash

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Christmas Bird Count Barry Lowes

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Education Mary Jane Major

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Historian Betsy Pehrson

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Hospitality Thea Luba

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Legislation OPEN Membership Thea Luba

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Newsletter Circulation Marianne Currie

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Newsletter Editor

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Programs

Charlotte White

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Publicity & Public Relations Clem Dietze

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Shorebirds/Conservation Howard Costa

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Special Projects Richard Shulman

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Sun City Representative Kevin Cahill Wetlands/Conservation

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Sally Krebs

Website: www.hiltonheadaudubon.org

The Ecobon is a monthly publication (September through May) of the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society. Subscription is a benefit of membership. Direct inquiries to P.O. Box 6185, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29938 or call one of the above officers or chairpersons.

H: 757-2973 O: 341-4690

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT SCHOOL PROGRAM - 2009

We have completed our February School Program and we presented our birding program to five schools and about 500 students. A BIG THANK YOU to our volun- teers who gave the presentation, they are Bill Nicol, Kay Grinnell, Angela Anderson, John Edman, Joan and Richard Shulman, Mary Jane Major, Marianne Currie, Kevin Cahill, Jim Ennis and alternates, Jim Grove, Mark Hyner, Sherman Barker and Phyllis Cooper.

We would like to thank the teachers who assisted us and the schools.

Whale Branch Middle School - Lois Lewis program coordinator 6th grade teacher, Vick Bradley - LMC Specialist, Catia Gilbert 7th grade teacher, Mike Floyd 5th grade teacher, Connie Singleton - Murphy Coach for Science/Math, Darky James Library Aide.

Daufuskie Island - pre k through 5th grade Teacher - Brooke Rowes.

HHIBE - 3rd grade Teacher - Stephen Bouvier, Coordinator for 8 classes.

Hilton Head Prep. - 5th grade Teacher - Nancy Biel.

McCracken - 6th grade Science students Teacher - Susan Dee.

~ THANK YOU, KENNY NEITZKE, V.P.

If any members would like to join us for the 2010 February program watch for the November Ecobon.

A FEW STUDENT THANK YOU LETTERS

Dear Mr. Edmon, Thank‑you for teaching us the sounds and information about certain birds. I really enjoyed the pictures of the different types of birds. That was cool. I hope we will meet again some time soon. Sincerely, Rasheed Dais PS ‑ have a wonderfultime and if yall discover a new type of bird please come back and tell us.j

Dear Mr. Ken Neitzke, Thank you for spending your time to come see us. You did a good thing. My favortive birds that you talked about are Bluebird, mourning dove, woodstork, and a Blue Jay. My favoritive part was when we got to see the quails that was in the cage. Thanks you again for everything. I had a great time listening to you. Love, Leighanna Manowshi

Dear Mr. Ken Neitzke, I thank you fore coming to our school My favorite part of the show was the bird slide show. A bird experience I had was their was a rat in the road and a bid scooped it up. The reason birds are important because they help people who go in coal mines. If their is a poison in the mine the bird will die first, and the people might run. Olumiwale Grant

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Opening

The exact date for the opening has not been announced as yet. The building is almost complete. Volunteers are needed for the visitor center. The plan is to have two visitor aids at the main desk. This is a great opportunity to volunteer with a friend plus be in the know for what is going on at the refuge. Training will be given for the volunteer positions. If you are interested or have questions please contact me or Pat Metz at the Savannah National Wildlife Complex offices. Karen McGinty, 681-8498, kmpelican@ aol.com

noTES FRom ThE nEWhALL PRESERVE

by Joan Shulman

As usual in the Spring, we will again have guided walks in the Preserve. The walks help us fulfill part of our educational mission and raise some funds to maintain the Preserve. We offer walks in the Spring and Fall when a variety of flowers are blooming, the weather is not too hot, and the insects are not too bothersome.

All of the walks are on Wednesdays at 10:00 A.M. They begin in the parking lot of the Preserve on Palmetto Bay Road. Adults are charged $7.00 each. Children under 12 are free. For further information, call me at 842-9246. All of the walks identify the flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees unique to the lowcountry, talk about the history of the Preserve, and point out the special eco- logical systems found there.

April 8, “Native Plants and Unique Habitats on a Sea Island” led by Betty Treen, a Master Gardener and an experienced docent.

April 22, “The Birth and Growth of a Sea Island” led by Mary Alice Walker, an amateur naturalist and experienced docent.

April 29, “A Woodland Walk” led by Joan Shulman, chair of the Audubon Newhall Preserve Committee.

Please bring a friend or relative and join us on one of the walks.

We need volunteers to monitor the trails in the Preserve in May, June, July, August, and September. If you can help out or have any questions, please call me at 842-9246. We would appreciate your help.

nomInATIng commITTEE REPoRT

by Clem Dietze

President Bill Nicol appointed Clem Dietze to chair the nominating committee for Officers and Board Members for 2009-2010.

The following candidates were nominated and will be submitted to the membership at the April 2009 meeting for approval.

President – Bill Nicol Vice President – Ken Nietzke Treasurer – Fran Baer Recording Secretary – Marianne Curry Corresponding Secretary - Sherman Barker Board Members at Large – Howard Costa, Jim Currie, Clem Dietze, Barry Lowes, Nan Lloyd, Joan Shulman, Betty Walter, Joan Wilson.

Committee Chairs will be selected by the president with the approval of the newly elected Board.

REcEnT AREA bIRD SIghTIngS

by Jack Colcolough

Spring has sprung and our spring migration is on! Early migrants and summer birds are beginning to show up in our area; be looking for them during the next month. Our winter birds and ducks have left or will soon be leaving.

Early migrants reported todate included: American Restart, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Early summer arrivals were: Green Heron, Rough-winged Swallow, Purple Martin, White-eyed Vireo, Gray Catbird and Common Yellowthroat.

Rare birds reported were: very rare Spotted Towhee, Snow Goose, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Great White-fronted Goose, Virginia & King Rails at Savannah NWR, Parasitic Jaeger, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Reddish Egret at Fish Haul Creek, Bachman’s Sparrow and Red-cockaded Wood- pecker at Webb WMA and Fox Sparrow at Shelter Cove Park.

Uncommon birds reported included: Baltimore Oriole, Blue-headed Vireo, Winter & Sedge Wrens, Vesper Sparrow. Purple Finch, Peregrine Falcon, Canvasback, Rusty Black- birds, Wilson’s Plover, White-breasted Nuthatch, Golden- crowned Kinglet, Orange-crowned Warbler and Loggerhead Shrike.

The Bald Eagle’s nest on Indigo Run’s Golden Bear Golf Course has two large eaglets that are about ready to fledge.

Other good finds reported recently were: Whimbrel, Gad- wall, Sora, Red-headed Woodpecker, Eurasian-collared Dove and Dark-eyed Junco.

Thanks to all reporting their findings: Barry Lowes, Kay Hodnett, Fran/Denny Baer, Dottie Bass, Doris McCullough, Doris Stoner, Richard Shulman, Dianne Faucette, Dave Lovett, Carole Jorgensen, Peter Zachmann, Bev Schneider, Dennis Forsythe, Sally Lesesne, Wayne Pope, et al plus several visi- tors.

To report a rare, uncommon or first-of-the-year (FOTY) or season bird sighting in our area, please e-mail jackcol- colough@aol.com, call 689-3455 or send a blank e-mail to:

birdingfriends@yahoogroups.com to join the birding group and report your sighting.

E-MAIL Reminder

Have you sent your E-mail address in to Nan? If not, please send it to Nan at nan@nanhiltonhead.com.

bIRD SEED SALE comPLETED

by Ed Nash

bIRD SEED SALE comPLETED by Ed Nash Our annual fund raiser this year totalled $1250 including

Our annual fund raiser this year totalled $1250 including the bird seed sales (Plan A) and the direct donations (Plan B). This is about 15% lower than last year, so is a

good total for the current times. We want to thank Virginia of Wild Birds Unlimited for her continued support (since 1995!) and to the many buyers and contributors as listed below. Please note that “Plan B”, ie: direct donations, con‑ tinues all year, and we welcome the support of every member and friend of Audubon to fully fund our middle school Audubon Adventures educational program.

Thanks especially to:

Fran Baer, Sherman Barker, Vickie Bauman, Robert Black, Laura Braun, John Brummitt, Ann Byron, Helen Cartmill, Rich & Sharon Danyi, Nancy Dinkle, John Faucette, Joe Fromme, Margaret Fullam, Bud Hauglum, Nancy Hayes, Wendy Hanson, David Hicks, Kay Hodnett, Betty Inman, Sarah Jebo, Roger Johnson, Eileen Joyce, Marcia Keller, Margie Kriney, May Leong, Barry Lowes, Judy Lundin, Mary Jane Major, Richard Many, Peggy Martin, Karen McGinty, Christian Mueller, Kelly Murphy, Gail O’Kane, Bill Nicol, Betsy Pehrson, Richard Phil- lips, Sandra Ploszaj, Sue Salmons, Allyn Schneider, Howard Shoemaker, Carol Simmons, Doris Stoner, Marian Trennis, Janet VanTright, Jerry Voight, Betty Walter, Miriam Water- house, Charlotte White, Jane Williamson, Martha Worthy, and Ed Zensinger.

Taken from “On the Move” by Justin Nobel

Many mallards stopped migrating south along the Mississippi Flyway several years ago. In a New York City suburb, robins huddled in a crabapple tree during a snowstorm. What’s happening to the birds? Two new Audubon reports provide some answers. Examining the distribution of 305 North American species since 1966, a national report, “Birds and Cli- mate Change”, found that nearly 60 percent of spe- cies’ ranges have shifted north significantly, and that there is “an undeniable link” to climate change. Data from the Christmas Bird Count allowed research- ers to map shifts in ranges during the past 40 years. Over that same period, average January temperatures have risen more than 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the continental United States. The report found that the purple finch has moved north 433 miles, and the red- breasted merganser, 317 miles - a trend repeated for many woodland and wetland species. As inland areas warm, these birds are moving away from the coasts.

Climate is just one factor that affects bird move- ment. Food supply is another. People are planting ornamental fruit trees farther north. Feeders also keep birds such as the Carolina wren from leaving higher latitudes. Grassland species have suffered due to nationwide declines in the pastures and hay fields they prefer and are not wintering as far north. Some birds can adapt to warming; others can’t.

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Weds. Apr. 8

Newhall Walk at the Preserve

10:00 am

Thurs. Apr. 9

Board Meeting at the Seabrook

2:00 pm

Tues. Apr. 14

Monthly Meeting at the Seabrook

7:30 pm

Weds. Apr. 22

Newhall Walk at the Preserve

10:00 am

Sun.

Apr. 26

field Trip to Webb Wildlife Area

7:00 am

Weds. Apr. 29

Newhall Walk at the Preserve

10:00 am

mAY Thurs. May 7

Board Meeting at the Seabrook

2:00 pm

Tues. May 12

Annual Picnic

at the Seabrook 2:00 pm Tues. May 12 Annual Picnic Monthly meetings of the Hilton Head

Monthly meetings of the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society are regularly scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, in the Auditorium at the Seabrook, 300 Woodhaven Drive. Members and guests welcome!

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If you wish to honor a family member or friend with a memorial gift, or remember the Audubon Ne- whall Preserve or the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society in your will, your gift may be in the form of secu- rities, cash, life insurance, real estate, or other property.

Contact your own estate planner or our Audubon Chapter at P.O. Box 6185, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29938.

Sharing your estate withAudubon not only reduces the taxes on your estate but will help protect birds, wildlife, and their habitat in the years to come.