Get the latest on all things happening at your favorite swamp! Spring is in the air and so are the birds at Beidler Forest. 
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Audubon Center at Beidler Forest
Beidler Forest Center & Sanctuary Newsletter Spring 2021
A Prothonotary Warbler, bright yellow head, deep blue wings hopped on a cypress knee just a finger nail above the surface of the water causing the water to circularly ripple around the banded bird. The bands are white on right leg and silver, red, and white on the left leg.
Dear friends,

Migration is in full swing across the state and that includes our 18,000 acres of Beidler Forest Center & Sanctuary. It’s an exciting time to be outdoors – and we have extended days and hours! The ADA-accessible boardwalk at Beidler offers an experience for all visitors to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, and smells of spring in the swamp. Visit soon by preregistering. We are also offering kayak/canoe water tours and night walks throughout April and May. Spots fill up fast, so visit our website to reserve your tickets today!

As we continue to make birding and being outdoors as accessible as possible at Beidler, we are also in the process of overhauling our website and communications to make them more interactive and inclusive moving forward. You may notice longer descriptions, alternative image text, and audio options on our pages and blogs. To learn more about making birding and communications more inclusive and accessible, check out these two websites: Birdability and Alt Text as Poetry. Birding is for all and it takes us all to protect birds and the places they need. 

See you on the boardwalk, 

Emily Davis
Center Manager
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Prothonotary Warbler. Photo: Richard Hernandez
Aaron has dark hair, pulled back and is wearing a gray shirt and gray zip-up hoodie and is standing on a boardwalk with hand railing behind her along with green blasts of leaves in the background.
Staff Spotlight: Aaron Angel
Check out our Q & A with Aaron, Beidler's Seasonal Bird Conservation Technician, to learn more about her background, her favorite species of birds, and what she likes to do in her spare time! 
Aaron Angel. Photo: Matt Johnson
Six people are wading in a swamp with boots and waders gathered together with masks emptying a bird nest box. A woman is holding the nesting material in her hand that was removed.
The spring return of Prothonotary Warblers
As spring arrived in the swamp, Prothonotary Warblers weren’t far behind! We have the date of the first sighting, the winner, and the task of cleaning nest boxes for our beloved swamp canaries.
Photo: Richard Covey
Male painted bunting with technicolor plumage. A red breast, eye ring, and rump. Blue head and yellow-green back. This bird is perched on a thin branch lower to the ground with blooming pink flowers below the bird.
Species Spotlight: Painted Bunting
We’re fortunate at Beidler Forest to have Painted Buntings along our grassland trails. In fact, Painted Buntings are one of the bird species that we’ve been hoping will benefit from our land management efforts. 
Painted Bunting. Photo: Julie Torkomian
Other Beidler Forest Highlights:
  • Night Walks have returned to Beidler. Get your tickets today!
  • Beidler Forest has some new housing – check out the Purple Martin gourds on your next visit. 
  • With spring here, please remember to practice ethical photography when you’re out at Beidler or your other favorite birding spot. 
  • In case you missed it – the webinar on conserving Berkeley County is available here
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