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Hammock Coast Birding Festival

February 10, 2023 February 12, 2023

Birders have flocked to South Carolina’s Hammock Coast for years to enjoy our unique coastal area that’s home, throughout the year, to more than 300 species of birds. Southern Living noted that the area is the best birding site on the East Coast, and experts at Clemson University have said the region offers the best birding opportunities in South Carolina. That’s why we’re planning the inaugural Hammock Coast Birding Festival for February 10–12, 2023.

Our keynote speaker will be Peter Alden, the world-renowned naturalist, lecturer, ecotourism guide, and author of 15 books on North American and African wildlife, including the National Audubon Society’s Regional Field Guide Series. He is considered to be an authority on birds and larger mammals of the world and is often consulted by the media and the ecotourism industry for his expertise. His lectures have included topics, such as world wildlife, the Polar regions, invasive plants, and biodiversity of the northeast.

Author and photographer Steve Ellwood will also speak during the conference and offer advice on how to see and photograph birds on the Hammock Coast.

When it comes to an overall birding experience, there’s nothing like the Hammock Coast with its miles of pristine beaches, marshes and rivers, as well as tens of thousands of acres of protected forests, all teeming with birds. That’s why we’ve teamed up with four of our premier birding locations for our event. Our area also has locations where the increasingly rare Red-cockaded Woodpecker can be found, as well as other birds, such as the Swallow-tailed Kite, Roseate Spoonbill, and an impressive list of rarities. Nestled between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, the Hammock Coast has long been a draw for vacationers seeking a more laid-back and nature-centric vacation, and birds seek out our area, too — either as an all-year-long home or a stopover on their trips north and south.

Our festival will offer tours and access to Brookgreen Gardens, Hobcaw Barony, Huntington Beach State Park, and the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center. Those four areas combined offer more than 50,000 acres of protected land where birds of all kinds live and thrive.

Registration will be limited and will open in mid-October.


South Carolina’s Hammock Coast


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Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce

28 Wall Street
Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585 United States
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