Birders have new online tool for finding best SC birding places

jkidd@beaufortgazette.comJune 17, 2014 

The Lowcountry's 10 Best Spots for Birding features some of the most attractive sites in the Charleston, Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Savannah areas. Compiled with the help of several experts and birdwatching enthusiasts, it includes seasonal bird lists, videos, photo galleries, trail maps and more.

JEFF KIDD — Island Packet

With thousands of undeveloped acres in the ACE Basin and Untamed Lowcountry blog to identify the Lowcountry’s 10 Best Spots for Birding. A screenshot of the home page appears above. For the actual interactive graphic, click here.

Intended as a guide for the masses to use and enjoy, we considered locations accessible from a highway and open to the public. The sites range as far north as Grove Plantation in Charleston County; as far south as Fort Pulaski, near Tybee Island, Ga.; and as far west as Webb Wildlife Center in Garnett.

Don’t know how to get to these spots? No worries. The graphic includes a map, accessible on the home page, depicting all 10 locations. A map and directions also is included on the page for each individual site. Among other features for each birding site:

LINK TO WEBSITE

• An explanation of what makes the site unique

• Trail maps

• Photo galleries of birds spotted there, taken by both staff members and Untamed Lowcountry readers

• A video that also explains the site’s uniqueness, narrated by an expert — a park manager, ornithologist or knowledgeable Audubon club member

• Seasonal bird lists, which provide an accounting of species that are particularly abundant at a particular time of year, or that are uncommon or rare within the region but possible to spot at the particular location

• A link to a list of recent sightings posted on the the E-Bird website, putting the most up-to-date information on current conditions at your fingertips

• Information about nearby attractions — in some cases, other good birdwatching sites, in other instances, places that are culturally or historically significant

• Insider tips that help you get the most out of your visit to each site.

We are confident this is a resource you’ll be able to use again and again. In fact, we’ll give you a reason to come back even if you just want to browse or look at pictures — we’ll update photo galleries often, and we’re already planning to add new sections to highlight other good birdwatching spots in our region.

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