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Winged visitors land in The Dump: Islanders welcomed to Birds of Prey demonstration

By Karen Coste

The Sullivan’s Islanders Group cordially invites all islanders, young and old, to The Dump at Station 19 on Sunday, November 21, for a Birds of Prey education and flight demonstration by the South Carolina Center for Birds of Prey. Starting at 2 p.m., the program will allow attendees to discover which birds of prey inhabit our island, learn how important these avian raptors are to our ecosystem, and see how your new knowledge about these magnificent birds will make a difference in protecting them now and in the future.

The Center for the Birds of Prey is located in Awendaw, just north of Mount Pleasant, and is a one-of-a-kind avian conservation facility designed and equipped to provide the highest quality medical care available for injured and/or orphaned birds of prey. The demonstration will include information about local birds such as eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, kites, and vultures, as well as flight and natural skill demonstrations from several of The Center’s residents. After the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to talk with the handlers and ask questions.

As The Dump is located on the marsh end of Station 19, please plan to arrive by bike or golf cart since car parking will be very limited. Don’t forget your hat, sunglasses, binoculars, and bug spray, and please leave pets at home as they may scare the birds. Join us and learn more about this beautiful and unique environment which we call home. See you there!

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