BIGGEST Free “Second Saturday” on May 14th | Welcoming back Prothonotary Warblers | Finally, a Food Truck!   
Audubon Center at Beidler Forest
Beidler Forest Center & Sanctuary Newsletter | Spring 2022
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Coming up, Beidler's BIGGEST FREE Second Saturday!
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In celebration of World Migratory Bird Day, we hope you’ll join us for Beidler’s Biggest Second Saturday event from 9am-4pm on May 14th! Like all our “Second Saturdays” throughout the year, there will be FREE ADMISSION to the forest. But May 14th will be extra special, as we’ll be providing free programming throughout the day, including a Prothonotary Warbler banding demonstration, two bird and nature walks, fun activities for children (and adults), raffles throughout the day and much more. Miracles Tasty Express food truck will be at Beidler from 10am – 2pm! You won’t want to miss it!

While this is a free event, we do ask that you register in advance here. If a program you would like to attend is sold out, try again a few days before the event. Parking is limited, so please consider carpooling. We can’t wait to celebrate spring in the swamp with you!

  Register Today for Beidler's Biggest Second Saturday!
Photo: Richard Covey
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Staff Spotlight: Kristin Threet
Read our Q & A with Kristin and find out about her spark bird and much more!
  Read more about Kristin
Beidler's Seasonal Guest Relations Assistant
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Staff Spotlight: Aubrey Anthony
Read our Q & A with Aubrey and find out about his spark bird and much more!
  Read more about Aubrey
Beidler's Seasonal Bird Research Technician
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Beidler's First Sighting Contest Winner and Date
Congratulations to Shannon for guessing March 25th, the 2022 first-sighting date of Prothonotary Warblers at Beidler Forest! If you haven’t been out to Beidler to see Prothonotary Warblers, now is the time to make a trip. The breeding season is in full swing and there are many nests close to the boardwalk. Pre-register your visit to the boardwalk here or come out for our FREE Biggest Second Saturday on 5/14

 
Photo: Corinne Ramage
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Otters are still out and about!
This winter and spring continue to be particularly great for seeing this often secretive mammal along the boardwalk at Beidler. What’s the trick for spotting them? Use both your eyes and ears when searching for otters. Big ripples are one sign, but the sounds of snorting (otters exhaling as they come up for air), gruff barking and chirping, or even their loud eating can let you know there’s an otter nearby. If you’re quiet enough, they might not notice you right away. So stay alert the next time you visit and maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of this magnificent creature!  

 
Photo: Richard Hernandez
Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting at two seed feeders
The Grassland-Woodland trails - welcoming back Painted Buntings, Indigo Buntings, and other colorful friends!
The Grassland-Woodland trails have brightened up with Painted Buntings, Indigo Buntings, Blue Grosbeaks, Swallow-tailed Kites, Summer Tanagers, and a host of other birds. Make sure to stop and check the feeders the next time you visit Beidler – or make it a trip of its own! The Grassland-Woodland trails are open everyday from sunrise to sunset at no charge. Thanks to Wild Birds Unlimited for keeping our feeders stocked!

 
Photo: David Ramage
Coupon for any one regular priced item 20% off at the Summerville or West Ashley Wild Birds Unlimited store
Speaking of Painted Buntings, a special gift from Wild Birds Unlimited!
Have you tried to attract Painted Buntings or Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to your outdoor space? Our friends at Wild Birds Unlimited have shared a special coupon with our Beidler supporters. Just mention this Beidler newsletter and receive 20% off any one regular priced item in store. This coupon is valid until 6/30/2022 and can only be used at the Summerville or West Ashley store. 
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