Join the SC Wildlife Federation's Habitat Education Manager Jay Keck to learn about some surprising birds that share the watershed with us.
About this Event
This is an especially timely topic as the fall migration will still be underway.
Jay grew up in SC, and was hooked on birds when he saw a Baltimore oriole for the first time. Since then, he spends most of his free time birding, learning about birds, and studying their various habitat needs. He's a certified Palmetto Pro Birder, and now teaches the course himself. Jay says "even when he is golfing, hunting, or fishing, he is secretly birding." At SCWF, Jay coordinates the Gardening for Wildlife programs and the Wildlife And Industry Together (WAIT) program as well as leading birding classes for the Palmetto Pro Birder & Midlands Master Naturalist programs. He has a passion and love for all wildlife and hopes to inspire others to take a closer look at the life around us.
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Follow up on what you learned from our webinar!
Bring your binoculars! Join Gills Creek Watershed Association members on a short accessible bird walk through the Gills Creek Urban Oasis with SC Wildlife Federation's Jay Keck. Jay is SCWF's Habitat Education Manager, and a bird enthusiast extraordinaire. We will meet on Monday, October 12th at 8:30am. Location details will be sent out with registration confirmation. You will need to bring your own water, and wear appropriate clothing for outdoor activity.
About Jay Keck: Jay grew up in SC, and was hooked on birds when he saw a Baltimore oriole for the first time. Since then, he spends most of his free time birding, learning about birds, and studying their various habitat needs. He's a certified Palmetto Pro Birder, and now teaches the course himself. Jay says "even when he is golfing, hunting, or fishing, he is secretly birding." At SCWF, Jay coordinates the Gardening for Wildlife programs and the Wildlife And Industry Together (WAIT) program as well as leading birding classes for the Palmetto Pro Birder & Midlands Master Naturalist programs. He has a passion and love for all wildlife and hopes to inspire others to take a closer look at the life around
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This is a virtual , socially - distanced race for everyone! You can participate at anytime (between October 23rd and November 1st) anywhere (even your own neighborhood)! There are no distance limits only one requirement that you pick up trash while you do your activity! Plogging is a funny word. Plogging originated in Sweden in 2016 and is a combination of the Swedish words “plocka” which means to pick up and “jogga” which means jogging. For our GCWA event, we are taking some liberties and adding plalking (walking and picking up) and plycling (cycling and picking up). Once you have registered simply send a picture of your trash collection and where you participated to firstname.lastname@example.org to "finish" the race. We will have 3 prizes and will announce the winners on social media and email on November 2nd. Categories for prizes are: 1) Best Costume (you can plogg plalk or plycle even on Halloween!) 2) Most trash collected 3) Most interesting find (this could be a piece of trash or something beautiful on your route that you have never noticed before).
Please click the arrow below to register for this event! The cost is $20.00 and all proceeds support Gills Creek Watershed Association.
The Gills Creek Watershed Management Plan 2020 Update is complete!
The 2009 Gills Creek Watershed Management Plan has been updated in order to reflect changes in the watershed’s condition over the last ten years and to provide a more explicit listing of projects within the Gills Creek Watershed, along with predicted costs and expected results.
GCWA is grateful to the Richland County Conservation Commission for funding to complete this update. We appreciate McCormick Taylor’s efforts to accomplish the work within our budget, and we are grateful to our Technical Committee members and to the many residents and stakeholders in the watershed who took the time to provide information to guide the Plan update.
Public input allowed pollutant “hotspots” within the watershed to be identified, helping to guide many of the specific projects within this Plan. The Plan also addresses EPA's nine required elements of watershed-based plans, including information such as: pollutant causes, sources, and amounts; current and predicted future development conditions; flooding concerns; best management practices; community engagement; and a schedule for implementing the plan, as well as measures of its success.
This updated Plan will provide myriad options not only for GCWA, but for local governments and others in the watershed. It is meant to be a living document, adjusted as needed to reflect watershed conditions and accommodate new threats, opportunities, and community concerns. We welcome any feedback regarding this Plan update, which can be submitted here: https://arcg.is/PujOn.
To view the Gills Creek Watershed Management Plan - 2020 Update, visit our webpage: https://www.gillscreekwatershed.org/what-we-do/key-documents.
We are currently revising the Gills Creek Watershed Management Plan and need your help to identify problem areas and issues. You—our members and friends—are on the ground in the watershed and may be more familiar with areas of severe erosion, runoff, and contamination then our consultants. And you may know of issues that no one else has thought about.
Please go to https://tinyurl.com/GCWAWMP to share your knowledge and improve the new Watershed Management Plan. Thank you!
Our community suffers from a major, unsightly problem: litter. It’s everywhere you look: on the street, in parking lots, in the ditches, even in our neighborhoods.
All of this trash ends up somewhere, and for a large portion of Richland County, that somewhere is Gills Creek.
Gills Creek used to be a true community asset with clean water, abundant wildlife, even a swimming club. These days, it’s polluted with high levels of bacteria, mercury,and other contaminants that make swimming inadvisable if not downright dangerous. The most obvious problem, though, is the litter.
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