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Audubon Center at Beidler Forest
Beidler Forest Center & Sanctuary Newsletter Winter 2020-2021
Carolina Wren
Message from Matt Johnson, Center Director
On behalf of our staff at the Beidler Forest Audubon Center & Sanctuary, we want to express our sincere gratitude for those that supported us during Giving Tuesday last week. Your belief in our work to help birds and the places they need means so much. Because of you, we’ve been able to reopen the boardwalk this fall, develop a new system of grassland trails, and continue our important bird research and land management on the sanctuary. 

We invite you to read about some of our recent work at Beidler Forest below, and please know that there is still time to give before year-end to strengthen our work. Donate to Beidler
Photo: Richard Hernandez
Beidler's boardwalk has officially reopened!
The swamp has missed you! Our boardwalk has officially reopened, albeit with a few changes. Due to limited staffing, we will only be open Thursdays, Fridays, and occasional Saturdays 9:00AM-1:00PM, on a pre-registration only basis. 
Photo: Richard Hernandez
New bridges are ready for your hike!
When Covid kicked things into high gear in 2020 there was still one major obstacle we had to overcome to make the new trail system a reality. In order to keep the old agricultural fields dry enough to farm, a system of interconnected ditches had been dug. These ditches funneled the water off of the fields and into the swamp, they also presented effective barriers to all but the most adventurous hikers. We knew that these ditches would need to be bridged before we could open the trails to the public. 
Photo: Emily Davis
Ice chips, temper tantrums, and Mary Pringle
John Jay takes inventory of everything around him, constantly. He can find the smallest item new to a table top or holiday decorations (don’t get me started). His new obsession is ice chips. I don’t mind. I know the ice chips will melt, wherever he stashes them – between books, under couch pillows, through the large holes of crocheted blankets piled next to a rocking chair. Ice chips are far better for caching, as I often find dog kibble, peanuts, and buttons throughout my home.
Photo: Emily Davis
Beidler's ongoing story of Longleaf Pine
The 12 acres across from the driveway entrance to the nature center and to the north across Cantley Road plus the 68 acres north along the first two thirds of the driveway comprise a mixture of grassland, pine/hardwood forest, and longleaf pine restoration referred to as the Moorer Tract. The larger of the two tracts was purchased in 2013 followed quickly by the purchase of the smaller tract in 2014. In 2020, a hiking trail was added through the wooded areas and back through the longleaf pines to the parking area.
Photo: Mark Musselman
Other Audubon South Carolina Highlights
Photo: Kevin Lash
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