Host a Speaker

Photo: Nolan Schillerstrom

Audubon staff are available to speak to community groups on a variety of topics.  We usually charge a small fee to cover mileage and expenses.  Popular topics are listed below, and we can often improvise to meet a group’s needs: 

Bird-Friendly / Climate-Resilient Communities: Human communities are tough on birds.  For one thing, there's not much to eat.  Landscaping with native plants is one way to feed our feathered friends. There are also other things we can do to welcome wildlife, protect clean water, and make our homes and yards resilient to changing weather patterns.  Cities and suburbs cover 10 to 15 percent of South Carolina. Let’s learn how to make the places we live more climate resilient, more bird friendly, and more people friendly too!

Seabirds & Shorebirds: Seabirds include gulls and terns, skimmers and pelicans. Shorebirds have names straight out of a children’s book: whimbrel, turnstone, godwit, sanderling.  These birds are favorites for many people, yet they’re increasingly vulnerable to pollution, overfishing, and other challenges.  Learn how every beachcomber can help protect coastal birds, and consider volunteering as a Shorebird Steward.  To a bird, you’re what hope looks like! (Photo: Matthew Lenaghan)


Beidler Forest: Audubon’s 18,000-acre Francis Beidler Forest Sanctuary is the largest remaining virgin Cypress-Tupleo swamp forest in the world. It hasn’t been touched for millennia – except for construction of a nature center and boardwalk that allow visitors to enjoy thousand-year-old trees, diverse wildlife, and the quiet flow of blackwater. This talk will give participants a deeper appreciation for the web of life that binds us all together. (Photo: Mac Stone)


Citizen Science: Audubon South Carolina loves gathering data that helps protect our state’s birds. Several of our studies are tailor-made for citizen scientists. Don’t assume you need to be an expert birder. Don’t assume you need to be an adult. Citizen scientists with all levels of experience are revolutionizing the field by reporting tens of millions of observations per year worldwide. Learn how you can join in – or just drop by to cheer us on during one of our bird-banding marathons. (Photo: Anna Delapaz)


How to Make a Difference: South Carolina’s birds are under stress, and the challenges they face are significant. Even so, every one of us can make a difference. Here are some great ways to help South Carolina birds, even in your own back yard. And/or you can speak up for birds with our public officials. Here in South Carolina, there’s one species we’d like to see go extinct: the armchair conservationist! (Photo: Nolan Schillerstrom)


Silver Bluff: Audubon’s 3,300-acre Silver Bluff Sanctuary has 20-plus miles of horse and hiking trails, more than 200 species of birds, archaeological sites dating back to the 1700s, and an incredible view of the Savannah River. Learn about the history, ecology, and present-day uses of Silver Bluff – Audubon South Carolina’s training center for “bird-friendly forestry.” (Photo: Marilyn McLeod)