Birding on the Barony begins Feb. 15

  • Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Updated Friday, February 14, 2014 10:56 am

Hobcaw Barony is a privately owned, 16,000-acre research reserve and Audubon named it an Important Bird Area. Guided bird watching trips continue on the third Saturdays of each month when Jerry Walls leads a small group into the great woods and marshes to look for birds in winter. The program begins Feb. 15.

Since the death of Belle Baruch 50 years ago, the property has been owned and managed by The Belle W. Baruch Foundation to protect the diverse areas on the barony and make them available for use as by colleges and universities. What makes Hobcaw Barony so unique as an outdoor laboratory is the fact that the acreage features every environment found in the SC coastal plain.

Jerry Walls and his group of birders explore the salt and fresh water marshes, the upland and maritime forests, open woodlands at historic sites and the old growth longleaf pine stands, home to federally endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers. Resident pairs of bald eagles, hawks, and owls are often seen, with varieties of herons, egrets and wading birds feeding within view. Each trip represents an opportunity to access the reserve, only available through guided public programs to protect the research integrity of this private property.

Join Jerry Walls at Hobcaw beginning Saturday, Feb. 15, at 8 a.m. Upcoming program dates are March 15, April 19, and May 17, all starting at 8 a.m. Reservations and pre-payment of $35 required by calling the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center at 843-546-4623.

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