Boat Trip to see the Cape Romain Long-billed Curlews - November 18, 2012

The Cape Romain Bird Observatory is organizing a boat trip on Sunday November 18, 2012 to Raccoon Key and nearby portions of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.  Our goal is to see the Long-billed Curlews that winter there each year.  The Cape Romain Curlew group are the only Long-billed Curlews that regularly winter in South Carolina, and one of a handful of such groups on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Long-billed Curlews are North America's largest shorebird and they are truly magnificent to behold.

Besides the Curlews, this area hosts Peregrine Falcons, Piping Plovers, Seaside + Saltmarsh + Nelson's Sparrows, Red Knots and other sought-after bird species. If we are lucky, we might also see White Pelicans, Short-eared Owls, Ispwich Sparrows, Lapland Longspurs or other rare birds. We also expect up-close encounters with Bottlenose Dolphins, and sightings of Mink are possible.

The trip will depart at 9:00am from Jeremy Creek in McClellanville, SC. We will return to the dock around 3:00pm. Participants should dress for the forecast weather that day and bring lunch and something to drink. Cost is $45 per person - no need to pay in advance - just bring cash or check on trip day..

We will be using a comfortable 30-passenger boat, with ceilings and windows that lower in the event of a passing shower. But we will cancel the trip a couple of days in advance if significant rain or weather threatens. There will be plenty of room on board for backpacks and small personal coolers.

As with all boat trips, space is limited. To reserve a space or for more information, email

Photos from past Raccoon Key trips (click a thumbnail photo to view a larger image):