Marie McAden



Aiken Birds and Butterflies walk

Posted 5/17/2013 9:50:00 AM

If walking through the woods in the dark of night gives you the heebie-jeebies, now’s your chance to experience it without the worry.

As part of its 2013 Nature Series, Birds & Butterflies of Aiken is offering a guided field trip through the 3,154-acre Silver Bluff Audubon Center May 21 led by none other than the sanctuary director, Paul Koehler.

Participants will meet at the Visitors Center at 7:30 p.m. to begin the nocturnal tour. During the walk, Koehler will identify the calls of the night dwellers that inhabit the preserve, among them Whip-poor-wills, owls, Chuck-will’s-widow and frogs.

Located along the Savannah River in Jackson, Silver Bluff features habitats typical of much of South Carolina’s Coastal Plain with upland pine forests, hardwood bottomlands, fields, lakes and streams. More than 200 species of birds have been identified in the sanctuary.

Cost of the one-hour field trip is just $5; free for children 16 and younger. It’s limited to 25 participants, so you’ll want to make your reservations right away. To book your spot, call (803) 649-7999. Be sure to bring a flashlight.

Birds & Butterflies’ 2013 Nature Series schedule features monthly seminars or field trips on everything from the owls of South Carolina to snakes of the Southeast. For the complete schedule of events, call the Aiken store at (803) 649-7999.