Join Birders Every Wednesday at Huntington Beach State Park

Bring your field guides and binoculars to Huntington Beach State Park.

Every Wednesday, birders gather at one of South Carolina’s top areas for birding. Through Oct. 31, you can join them for a walk along the causeway. The freshwater and salt marshes are a haven for an array of birds.

Birds vary by season. But birding at Huntington Beach State Park, but you could see:

  • Bald Eagles
  • Ducks
  • Egrets
  • Herons
  • Rails
  • Shorebirds
  • Wood storks

5 Things to Bring for a Birding Experience

1. Your Skills

Use this four-step approach to identifying birds:

  1. Judge the bird’s shape and size
  2. See its main color pattern
  3. Note its behavior
  4. Consider its habitat

2. Comfortable Shoes and A Good Hat

You don’t need bulky hiking boots. Lightweight sneakers or sturdy sandals will do. Consider rubber boots in case birding gets muddy. A baseball cap is a must; even better? A bucket hat to protect you more from the sun.

3. Binoculars

A nice pair doesn’t have to cost a fortune, either. You can find binoculars with exceptional brightness, color, and clarity for $150-$300. Consider a harness strap for freedom of movement.

4. The Right Clothes

Birding vests and cargo pants provide deep pockets for books, notebooks, and snacks! Choose subdued, natural colors or camouflage. Don’t wear white: Birds consider it a sign of danger.

5. Smartphone Telephoto Lenses

Zooming in on even the latest mobile phones might give you a good image. Increase your chances with these attachments. Most kits are easy to carry in a pocket, and some even come with a tripod.

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5 Cool Summer Programs at Huntington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach State Park has nature programs all year. Check out the full summer slate. Here are some highlights:

Atalaya Tour | Saturdays, noon-1 p.m.; Weekdays, 2-3 p.m.

  • Tour Anna and Archer Huntington’s winter home, a National Historic Landmark. A docent from the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park will lead you. Learn how this home was key to the community’s survival and inspired art.

Alligators | Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10-11 a.m.

  • There’s a flourishing alligator scene in Huntington Beach State Park’s ponds. Learn about these creatures you’ll see cruising, feeding, or sunning in Mullet Pond. Bring binoculars.

Crabbing | Wednesdays and Fridays Noon-1 p.m.; Saturdays, 2-3 pm. 

  • Find blue crab, with hand lines, chicken necks, and dip nets. Catch and release. $5 per person. Buy tickets at the Nature Center at least 1 hour before the program starts.

Snakes and reptiles | Saturdays, 4-5 p.m.

  • Sit in on this audio-visual presentation about snakes and other cold-blooded animals. You’ll get to touch some, too. Buy tickets in advance at the park store.

Surf Seining | Thursdays, noon-1 p.m.

  • Find a world of life in the waves in an exploration of the surf zone. This concealed world can be vicious! Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet. You’ll use seine nets and boxes, and suction samplers to uncover unfamiliar territory.
Drone of Litchfield Beach

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