Catch the early birds migrating through the Lowcountry
this winter as part of a guided hike through the Santee Coastal Reserve
, a 24,000-acre wildlife sanctuary known for its diversity of habitats.
The three-hour walk, led by two naturalists, is being offered Dec. 1 by Nature Adventures Outfitters
. Participants will have the chance to see dozens of over-wintering and migrating birds up close and with spotting scopes as they hike through marsh and woodlands trails.
Located in McClellanville
, the Wildlife Management Area features uplands, abandoned rice fields and freshwater, brackish and tidal wetlands that draw a wide variety of waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds. The Washo Reserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy
, supports one of the largest Wood stork rookeries on the East Coast. One of the best places for bird viewing is along the reserve’s 500-foot boardwalk.
In addition, long-leaf pine and other forested areas within the sanctuary are home to colonies of the endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker, songbirds, raptors, butterflies, fox squirrels and other small mammals.
After the bird hike, the group will explore the hidden ruins of El Dorado, one of a number of rice plantations that now make up the Santee Coastal Reserve.
The hike takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants should bring lunch, bottled water, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and layered synthetic clothing. Cost of the tour is $25 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger.
To make a reservation, click here
or call (843) 568-3222.