Knowles Island
Birding the Lowcountry
With its salt marshes, abundant forests, coastal estuaries and diverse wildlife refuges, South Carolina’s Lowcountry is an ideal destination for both birds and birders alike.
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Program No. 20959RJ
6 days
Starts at
6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5B 4L 5D
Savannah NWR, Tupelo Trail and More!
Palm Key community of cottages
Webb Wildlife Center & More
Palm Key community of cottages
Program Concludes
Palm Key community of cottages
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At a Glance

Bring your binoculars for an adventure that’s perfect for novice birders. South Carolina’s Lowcountry, woven with salt marshes, blackwater swamps and hardwood forests, is a veritable haven for more than 250 bird species, including endangered species, threatened species and species of concern. Learn birding techniques, then hone them as you observe birds during migration along the Atlantic Flyway. Spot shorebirds, raptors, songbirds and other seasonal travelers on field trips to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Bear Island and Pinckney Island. Possible species include White Pelicans, Prothonotary Warblers, Purple Gallinules, Wood Storks and others.
Activity Level
Walking up to 2-3 miles over uneven terrain; climbing in and out of 15 passenger van; standing for several hours at a time while viewing through spotting scopes and binoculars.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Search for the protected Red-cockaded Woodpecker during an excursion to the Webb Wildlife Center.
  • Enjoy special field trips to sites in the ACE Basin and Port Royal Sound.
  • Savor the cuisine of the Lowcountry as you enjoy an oyster roast, Lowcountry Boil, Hoppin’ John and more.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
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April Childress
A native of South Carolina, April Childress has been sea kayaking for more than a decade. She and husband Jody Tinsley have been popular instructors for Road Scholar programs, and together they have kayaked in the Lower Exumas; rafted the Grand Canyon; served on a Mars Society research team in the Canadian High Arctic; and photographed blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos. April thinks there is no place in the world like South Carolina, and no better way to explore it than by water.
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