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Purple Martin Boat Tours – Lake Murray, SC
June 28 – August 26
Kite Migration – Allendale, SC
Sunday, July 31 | 8:30 AM
Have you ever seen a Swallow-tailed Kite? These birds, like Purple Martins, will flock up by the hundreds to roost. In the early mornings they descend upon cow pastures fueling up on insects that are flushed from the grass by grazing cattle. We will also have the opportunity to see Cattle Egrets, Mississippi Kites, Blue Grosbeaks, & Painted Buntings. Since the kites gather on private property we will be birding from the roadsides. The Kites depart their roosts in the mornings gliding through the air catching insects, and as the temperatures rise, so too will the kites riding thermals high into the sky.
Hellbender Snorkeling – Brevard, NC
Saturday, September 3 | 10:00 AM
Did you know that North America’s largest Salamander species is right up the road in Brevard? Looking at one of these animals is like witnessing the first creature to crawl on land from the ocean millions of years ago. Western North Carolina is home to a very healthy population of Hellbenders, and we are teaming up with Oxbow River Snorkeling to encounter these incredible animals. In early September, Hellbenders are breeding and competing for den sites. During this time they are moving around the river systems more frequently during the day. They’re typically nocturnal, so this is the best time of year to see them.
Kiawah Dolphins & Shorebirds – Kiawah, SC
Saturday, September 24 | 9:30 AM
Are you a fan of dolphins? Did you know that right here in South Carolina we have a population of Bottlenose Dolphin that has a feeding strategy not seen anywhere else in the world? These animals have learned to hunt by corralling fish close to the beach & then rushing them up onto the sands where they will intentionally strand themselves to catch the fish that are trying to flop back into the water. Kiawah’s Beachwalker Park is one of the very few places with public access that allows us to watch these animals hunt for their food. At the end of the beach is Captain Sam’s Spit where the Kiawah River empties into the Atlantic where the dolphins prefer to hunt. The best time to watch these dolphins hunt is 2 hours before and after Low Tide. There is also a sandbar at the end of the spit that shorebirds prefer to rest on that we will go to view as well. Birds include Black Skimmers, Brown Pelicans, Ring-billed Gulls, Sandwich Terns, Royal Terns, and Caspian Terns.
Coastal Fossil Hunt & Wildlife Encounter
Saturday, October 8th | 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Do you remember hunting for Shark Teeth on the beach as a kid? Perhaps you still do! The barrier islands around Charleston Harbor have some of the richest deposits of ancient shark teeth, fossils, sea shells, and colonial artifacts in the country. Join Captain Zach for the day as we venture out to a remote barrier island beach and spend time combing the sands for these relics.
Tatanka Bison Tour – York, SC
Sunday, Oct 16 | 1:00 PM
Did you know Bison, the USA’s National Mammal, once roamed around South Carolina? They were quickly extirpated by Europeans, however thanks to Tatanka Bison Ranch, the Thunderbeast has returned to the Palmetto State! Join Capt. Zach and ranch owner Fred Ilse on a trip back in time as we head out into his pastures into the middle of Tatanka’s Bison herd and learn about the natural history of bison, what it takes to manage a herd of bison, and if we’re lucky we’ll experience the herd thunder across the pastures.
This adventure is a mix of ecotourism & agritourism as we encounter native wildlife, but since there are no wild prairie landscapes left in SC, there are members of this herd that are harvested and their products are sold by Fred which you can purchase at the end of the our tour.