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Friends of Congaree Swamp

Robin Carter Dawn Chorus Walk 2012

Robin Carter Dawn Chorus Walk at Congaree National Park Sunday, May 6, 2012, 5:30 AM, Visitors’ Center, Congaree National Park Leader: Donna Slyce One of the most important resources of Congaree National Park is its large numbers of breeding birds, including many neotropical migrants—species which breed in North America, but go south in the winter to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, or South America. Robin Carter, who passed away in 2008, did more than anyone to promote birding at Congaree National Park. He felt one of the best ways to appreciate the park’s bird life was to arrive at the park before dawn and listen to the succession of bird sounds through dawn and then the early morning. To celebrate Robin’s legacy, Friends will hold its Robin Carter Dawn Chorus Walk on Sunday, May 6, 2012. The Dawn Chorus Walk at Congaree National Park was started by Robin in 2005, and we now celebrate the event with the rest of the world on International Dawn Chorus Day. The January-February 2012 issue of South Carolina Wildlife, "First Light", featured last year's event, and profiled our hike leader, Donna Slyce. Though International Dawn Chorus Day is popular in Europe, particularly in the U.K., Congaree National Park is still the only site in North America that consistently participates in this event. We will meet at the Visitors Center at 5:30 AM. This will provide an opportunity to listen to the pre-dawn sounds of owls, nightjars, and migrating thrushes before the main event, which begins a half hour before sunrise. We can reasonably expect to hear as many as forty species of birds calling. Bird song experts will be on hand to help you identify what you hear, or you can just listen and take in the experience.

Event Information

Location Congaree National Park
South Carolina
BreakfastAs an additional incentive, the Dawn Chorus hike will be followed by an extravagant, yet free, breakfast at 7:30 AM organized and prepared by Friends’ board members. The breakfast menu changes slightly from year to year, but will include shrimp and cream
Suitable for childrenNo
ContactJohn M. Grego

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