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Fish Haul Creek - Richard Methany
Fish Haul Creek - Richard Methany

CNPA 2014 Photography Weekend

Bluffton, South Carolina
June 19 - 22, 2014

Registration opens April 1, 2014

Thursday Evening, June 19
7pm-9pm - Orientation and meet your guides

Friday, June 20
All day - Guided and self-guided tours

Saturday, June 21
All day Guided and self-guided tours
7pm-9pm - Upload your favorite weekend image
for Sunday contest

Sunday, June 22
9am-11am - Photo Contest w/cash prizes
Limited To 80 Participants
$60 Registration

Holiday Inn Bluffton, SC.
Holiday Inn Express (website)
35 Bluffton Road, Bluffton, South Carolina 29910
866-757-2002

Reservations $104/King or two Queens, Suites $114 King, $124 2 Queens
(please mention CNPA when making your reservation)



Field Trip Information


Botany Bay - Wes Grady
Botany Bay - Wes Grady


Friday, 06/20/14
06:00 am-
12:00 pm
Fish Haul Creek - Hilton Head Island
Limit: 20
Driving time: Depart Hotel: 5:30 am. About 12 miles from the hotel, allow 30 minutes to find parking and walk to beach area.

This is a gorgeous natural area with many birds and other wildlife. Your guide has written an e-book on the area and will take you to the best spots for shooting. Time allows for walking to the beach for sunrise at 6:18 am.

06:00 am-
11:30 am
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Limit: 20
Driving time: Depart hotel: 5:20 AM The entrance to the Savannah Natioinal Wildlife Refuge is approximately 20 miles from the hotel and drive time is just under 30 minutes.

The area is served by a 4 mile long stretch of road that is open to the public which can sometimes be heavily traveled. It is also possible to leave your car and hike into the catchment areas. Your guide will be a South Carolina Master Naturalist and a member of the Friends of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.



08:00 am-
11:00 pm
Pinckney Island
Limit: 20
Driving time: Depart Hotel: 7:30 am. You will drive to the parking area at the entrance to Pinckney Island and from there explore the island on foot. You are permitted to use bikes if you so choose, but no powered vehicles.

Established in 1975, this property once included the plantation of Major General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a prominent lawyer active in South Carolina politics 1801-1815. The 4,053-acre refuge includes Pinckney Island, the largest of the refuge's islands and the only one open to public use. The refuge consists of salt marsh, tidal creeks, freshwater ponds and a wide variety of land types. Pinckney Island has many habitats that support a diversity of bird and plant life. Studying, viewing and photographing the island's wildlife and scenery are popular activities throughout the year. Over 14 miles of trails are open to hiking and bicycling. No motorized vehicles are allowed north of the public parking lot..

NOTE: There are no restrooms on the island!

06:00 am-
10:00 am
Shore birds boating with Eric Horan
Limit: 4
Cost: $75
Driving time: Depart Hotel: 5:00 AM. Drive to 1948 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island (Gay Fish Co.), just before the drawbridge to Harbor Island.

With a mid-tide level, we will focus on feeding Wading & Shorebirds, Osprey, Shrimp boat action, & Dolphin behavior. This tour will start 15 minutes before the sunrise so we can shoot sunrise from a sand island, maybe even silhouette a shrimp boat against the morning sky if they are out. We will be around Harbor & Hunting Islands and in the St Helena sound.

$75.00 Prepaid when you register. No refunds unless cancelled by the operator.

09:00 am-
12:00 pm
Tammy Jane Shrimp Boat
Limit: 6
Cost: $40
Driving time: Depart hotel 8:15; The Tammy Jane docks at Hudson's Seafood Restaurant

The Tammy Jane is a 1983 Glenn Young production work boat. There are two Detroit 671 natural diesel engines; she is 41' long, 14' wide, draws 4-1/2' and is certified by the US Coast Guard to carry up to 37 passengers. To insure that everyone is free to move about and take photos, we are limiting each trip to 14 photographers, on a first come, first served basis. The entire trip is under the direction of Marley, who is one of the co-owners of the boat and a South Carolina Master Naturalist. The trip is three hours in length and those attending will each receive a portion of the shrimp that is caught. This is not a commercial shrimper, but an educational experience to provide those on board with a basic understanding of the operation of a shrimp boat in 2014. The trip is approximately 3 hours long. Water and Gator-Ade are available for purchase on board, but you are free to bring your own drinks and snacks. Please keep your coolers reasonably sized so as not to get in others' way.

$40 prepaid when you register online, no refunds unless waiting list.

05:45 am-
Early afternoon
Botany Bay WMA
Limit: None
Driving time: Depart hotel: 4:00 It is approximately 85 miles from the hotel to the registration shack at Botany Bay. It is necessary for each driver to register for the occupants of his or her car prior to entry into the area. To eliminate unnecessary time, those attending will be provided with entry forms on Thursday evening so they can be pre-filled. From the entrance shack, it is about a 15 minute drive to the parking area and a 10-15 minute wall to the beach. As the area does not open until approximately 30 minutes before sunrise, it will be necessary for everyone to pay close attention to instructions on Thursday. Sunrise is 6:18 AM.

The 3,363 acre Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located adjacent to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the northeast corner of Edisto Island in lower Charleston County, South Carolina. The area lies near the North Edisto River just south of the intensely developed resort islands of Kiawah and Seabrook and just north of the rapidly developing Edisto Beach area. The SC Department of Natural Resources acquired this property and opened it to the public in 2008. The area's location near the North Edisto River places it within the boundary of the ACE Basin Focus Area, one of the largest remaining relatively undeveloped wetland ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast. Botany Bay Plantation WMA with Botany Bay Island (under conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy) and Deveaux Bank form a core area of protected habitat in the eastern corner of the Focus Area. This is a prime photographic area and should not be missed. As an added feature, when leaving the Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area, you will be directed to the Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, which is on the way to the hotel. A CNPA photographer will be on hand to show you around the area. Although Donnelley is only 20 miles as the crow flies from Botany Bay, it is 38 road miles and approximately 45 minutes of driving. We ask that you plan on arriving at 10:30 AM



5:30 pm-
Sunset
Fish Haul Creek - Hilton Head Island
Limit: 20
Depart hotel at 5:00 PM. It is a 12 mile drive to the parking area at Fish Haul Creek Park. To take advantage of the tides and insure the best opportunity, this outing will begin at approximately 5:30 and continue until sunset (8:30). Because of the receding tide, much of the flats will be muddy and participants should wear old clothes and shoes and be prepared to get a little dirty. It is suggested that participants may want to bring a change of clothes and a large plastic bag to hold their dirty laundry. A plastic bag or other protection for your photo gear is essential!

Photography in this area is outstanding and there is a large mixture of birds and other wildlife. Your guide is an award winning photographer who has written an e-book on the Fish Haul Creek area.

NOTE: THIS IS A CHANGE IN DEPARTURE AND EVENT TIME FROM ORIGINAL PUBLICATION

2:00 pm-
5:00 pm
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Limit: 20
Driving time: Depart hotel: 1:30 pm The entrance to the Savannah Natioinal Wildlife Refuge is approximately 20 miles from the hotel and drive time is just under 30 minutes.

The area is served by a 4 mile long stretch of road that is open to the public which can sometimes be heavily traveled. It is also possible to leave your car and hike into the catchment areas. Your guide will be a South Carolina Master Naturalist and a member of the Friends of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.



2:00 pm-
5:00 pm
Pinckney Island
Limit: 20
Driving time: Depart Hotel: 1:30 am. You will drive to the parking area at the entrance to Pinckney Island and from there explore the island on foot. You are permitted to use bikes if you so choose, but no powered vehicles.

Established in 1975, this property once included the plantation of Major General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a prominent lawyer active in South Carolina politics 1801-1815. The 4,053-acre refuge includes Pinckney Island, the largest of the refuge's islands and the only one open to public use. The refuge consists of salt marsh, tidal creeks, freshwater ponds and a wide variety of land types. Pinckney Island has many habitats that support a diversity of bird and plant life. Studying, viewing and photographing the island's wildlife and scenery are popular activities throughout the year. Over 14 miles of trails are open to hiking and bicycling. No motorized vehicles are allowed north of the public parking lot..

NOTE: There are no restrooms on the island!

03:00 pm-
6:00 pm
Shore birds boating with Eric Horan
Limit: 4
Cost: $75
Driving time: Depart Hotel: 2:30 pm. Drive to the C.C. Haig boat landing @ Pinckney National Wildlife Refuge just before the big bridge to Hilton Head Island on your right going to the island.

With the tides high but receding we will have a chance to get close to nesting seabirds @ Tomkins Island and then photographs birds starting to feed again on the falling tides. Focus is on nesting Brown Pelican, Royal & Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer, Laughing Gulls and other shorebirds @ Tomkins, then Osprey, wading and shorebirds and dolphin. If the wind is down we may also have a chance to get close to a trawling shrimp boat and witness a feeding frenzy as they chum the waters with their by-catch.

$75.00 Prepaid when you register. No refunds unless cancelled by the operator.

1:00 pm-
4:00 pm
Tammy Jane Shrimp Boat
Limit: 14
Cost: $40
Driving time: Depart hotel 12:15; The Tammy Jane docks at Hudson's Seafood Restaurant.

The Tammy Jane is a 1983 Glenn Young production work boat. There are two Detroit 671 natural diesel engines; she is 41' long, 14' wide, draws 4-1/2' and is certified by the US Coast Guard to carry up to 37 passengers. To insure that everyone is free to move about and take photos, we are limiting each trip to 14 photographers, on a first come, first served basis. The entire trip is under the direction of Marley, who is one of the co-owners of the boat and a South Carolina Master Naturalist. The trip is three hours in length and those attending will each receive a portion of the shrimp that is caught. This is not a commercial shrimper, but an educational experience to provide those on board with a basic understanding of the operation of a shrimp boat in 2014. The trip is approximately 3 hours long. Water and Gator-Ade are available for purchase on board, but you are free to bring your own drinks and snacks. Please keep your coolers reasonably sized so as not to get in others' way.

$40 prepaid when you register online, no refunds unless waiting list.

8:00 pm-
Historic Savannah Theater (Cancelled!)
Limit: Cancelled
This event has been canceled and refunds will be issued.


Saturday, 06/21/14
06:00 am-
12:00 pm
Fish Haul Creek - Hilton Head Island
Limit: 20
Driving time: Depart hotel: 5:30 am; About 12 miles from the hotel, allow 30 minutes to find parking and walk to beach area

This is a gorgeous natural area with ponds, gardens and even a butterfly house. Plan on spending the morning in the gardens, then go to lunch and return if desired.This is a gorgeous natural area with many birds and other wildlife. Your guide has written an e-book on the area and will take you to the best spots for shooting. Time allows for walking to the beach for sunrise at 6:18 am

06:00 am-
11:30 am
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Limit: 20
Driving time: Depart hotel: 5:20 am; The entrance to the Savannah Natioinal Wildlife Refuge is approximately 20 miles from the hotel and drive time is just under 30 minutes.

The area is served by a 4 mile long stretch of road that is open to the public which can sometimes be heavily traveled. It is also possible to leave your car and hike into the catchment areas. Your guide will be a South Carolina Master Naturalist and a member of the Friends of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.



08:00 am-
11:00 am
Pinckney Island
Limit: 20
Driving time: Depart Hotel: 7:30 am; You will drive to the parking area at the entrance to Pinckney Island and from there explore the island on foot. You are permitted to use bikes if you so choose, but no powered vehicles.

Established in 1975, this property once included the plantation of Major General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a prominent lawyer active in South Carolina politics 1801-1815. The 4,053-acre refuge includes Pinckney Island, the largest of the refuge's islands and the only one open to public use. The refuge consists of salt marsh, tidal creeks, freshwater ponds and a wide variety of land types. Pinckney Island has many habitats that support a diversity of bird and plant life. Studying, viewing and photographing the island's wildlife and scenery are popular activities throughout the year. Over 14 miles of trails are open to hiking and bicycling. No motorized vehicles are allowed north of the public parking lot..

NOTE: There are no restrooms on the island!

06:00 am-
10:00 am
Shore birds boating with Eric Horan
Limit: 4
Cost: $75
Driving time: Depart Hotel: 5:00 am; Drive to 1948 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island (Gay Fish Co.), just before the drawbridge to Harbor Island.

With a mid-tide level, we will focus on feeding Wading & Shorebirds, Osprey, Shrimp boat action, & Dolphin behavior. This tour will start 15 minutes before the sunrise so we can shoot sunrise from a sand island, maybe even silhouette a shrimp boat against the morning sky if they are out. We will be around Harbor & Hunting Islands and in the St Helena sound.

$75.00 Prepaid when you register. No refunds unless cancelled by the operator.

09:00 am-
12:00 pm
Tammy Jane Shrimp Boat (Cancelled!)
Limit: Cancelled
This event has been canceled and refunds will be issued.

05:45 am-
Early afternoon
Botany Bay WMA
Limit: None
Driving time: Depart hotel: 4:00; It is approximately 85 miles from the hotel to the registration shack at Botany Bay. It is necessary for each driver to register for the occupants of his or her car prior to entry into the area. To eliminate unnecessary time, those attending will be provided with entry forms on Thursday evening so they can be pre-filled. From the entrance shack, it is about a 15 minute drive to the parking area and a 10-15 minute wall to the beach. As the area does not open until approximately 30 minutes before sunrise, it will be necessary for everyone to pay close attention to instructions on Thursday. Sunrise is 6:18 AM.

The 3,363 acre Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located adjacent to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the northeast corner of Edisto Island in lower Charleston County, South Carolina. The area lies near the North Edisto River just south of the intensely developed resort islands of Kiawah and Seabrook and just north of the rapidly developing Edisto Beach area. The SC Department of Natural Resources acquired this property and opened it to the public in 2008. The area's location near the North Edisto River places it within the boundary of the ACE Basin Focus Area, one of the largest remaining relatively undeveloped wetland ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast. Botany Bay Plantation WMA with Botany Bay Island (under conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy) and Deveaux Bank form a core area of protected habitat in the eastern corner of the Focus Area. This is a prime photographic area and should not be missed. As an added feature, when leaving the Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area, you will be directed to the Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, which is on the way to the hotel. A CNPA photographer will be on hand to show you around the area. Although Donnelley is only 20 miles as the crow flies from Botany Bay, it is 38 road miles and approximately 45 minutes of driving. We ask that you plan on arriving at 10:30 AM



5:30 pm-
Sunset
Fish Haul Creek - Hilton Head Island
Limit: 20
Depart hotel at 5:00 PM. It is a 12 mile drive to the parking area at Fish Haul Creek Park. To take advantage of the tides and insure the best opportunity, this outing will begin at approximately 5:30 and continue until sunset (8:30). Because of the receding tide, much of the flats will be muddy and participants should wear old clothes and shoes and be prepared to get a little dirty. It is suggested that participants may want to bring a change of clothes and a large plastic bag to hold their dirty laundry. A plastic bag or other protection for your photo gear is essential!

Photography in this area is outstanding and there is a large mixture of birds and other wildlife. Your guide is an award winning photographer who has written an e-book on the Fish Haul Creek area.

NOTE: THIS IS A CHANGE IN DEPARTURE AND EVENT TIME FROM ORIGINAL PUBLICATION

02:00 pm-
5:00 pm
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Limit: 20
Driving time: Depart hotel: 1:30 AM The entrance to the Savannah Natioinal Wildlife Refuge is approximately 20 miles from the hotel and drive time is just under 30 minutes.

The area is served by a 4 mile long stretch of road that is open to the public which can sometimes be heavily traveled. It is also possible to leave your car and hike into the catchment areas. Your guide will be a South Carolina Master Naturalist and a member of the Friends of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.



02:00 pm-
5:00 pm
Pinckney Island
Limit: 20
Driving time: Depart Hotel: 1:30 pm. You will drive to the parking area at the entrance to Pinckney Island and from there explore the island on foot. You are permitted to use bikes if you so choose, but no powered vehicles.

Established in 1975, this property once included the plantation of Major General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a prominent lawyer active in South Carolina politics 1801-1815. The 4,053-acre refuge includes Pinckney Island, the largest of the refuge's islands and the only one open to public use. The refuge consists of salt marsh, tidal creeks, freshwater ponds and a wide variety of land types. Pinckney Island has many habitats that support a diversity of bird and plant life. Studying, viewing and photographing the island's wildlife and scenery are popular activities throughout the year. Over 14 miles of trails are open to hiking and bicycling. No motorized vehicles are allowed north of the public parking lot..

NOTE: There are no restrooms on the island!

03:00 pm-
06:00 pm
Shore birds boating with Eric Horan
Limit: 4
Cost: $75
Driving time: Depart Hotel: 2:30 AM. Drive to the C.C. Haig boat landing @ Pinckney National Wildlife Refuge just before the big bridge to Hilton Head Island on your right going to the island.

With the tides high but receding we will have a chance to get close to nesting seabirds @ Tomkins Island and then photographs birds starting to feed again on the falling tides. Focus is on nesting Brown Pelican, Royal & Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer, Laughing Gulls and other shorebirds @ Tomkins, then Osprey, wading and shorebirds and dolphin. If the wind is down we may also have a chance to get close to a trawling shrimp boat and witness a feeding frenzy as they chum the waters with their by-catch.

$75.00 Prepaid when you register. No refunds unless cancelled by the operator.

01:00 pm-
4:00 pm
Tammy Jane Shrimp Boat
Limit: 14
Cost: $40
Driving time: Depart hotel 12:15; The Fort Fisher area is 20 miles from the hotel and takes approximately 35 minutes. Sunrise is at 6:21am so you will want to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to sunrise.

The Tammy Jane is a 1983 Glenn Young production work boat. There are two Detroit 671 natural diesel engines; she is 41' long, 14' wide, draws 4-1/2' and is certified by the US Coast Guard to carry up to 37 passengers. To insure that everyone is free to move about and take photos, we are limiting each trip to 14 photographers, on a first come, first served basis. The entire trip is under the direction of Marley, who is one of the co-owners of the boat and a South Carolina Master Naturalist. The trip is three hours in length and those attending will each receive a portion of the shrimp that is caught. This is not a commercial shrimper, but an educational experience to provide those on board with a basic understanding of the operation of a shrimp boat in 2014. The trip is approximately 3 hours long. Water and Gator-Ade are available for purchase on board, but you are free to bring your own drinks and snacks. Please keep your coolers reasonably sized so as not to get in others' way.

$40 prepaid when you register online, no refunds unless waiting list.



Purple Gallinule - Savannah NWR - Rich Matheny
Purple Gallinule - Savannah NWR - Rich Matheny

If you have specific questions about the field trips, please contact Wes Grady at 2014.photo.weekend@gmail.com.

Disclaimer: All field trips are subject to change depending on weather and other conditions during this event.

No Refunds after June 5, 2014