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Stream Our October Meeting! (WED. 10/13/21)

This Wednesday at 6:30 PM (EDT) we will offer an online lecture of The Charleston Natural History & Audubon Society. Virtual chat starts at 6 p.m. — lecture at 6:30.

Seaside Sparrows and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Join Audubon South Carolina's Former Seasonal Bird Conservation Technician, Aaron Angel — We'll gather at 6:00 p.m. (virtually, via Zoom, available for free at or via Facebook Live) to socialize a bit before the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. We'll send login instructions to recipients of our email list. The meeting will start at 6:30 after some announcements, and Aaron's talk will get started at 6:40-6:45.

Aaron will engage us with her Master's work on Seaside Sparrows and the effects on their population from the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill introduced massive amounts of oil into Louisiana saltmarshes. Seaside Sparrows (Ammospiza maritima) incorporated carbon from oil into their tissue and showed extensive changes in gene expression, including cyp1a, a gene involved in metabolizing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs, toxic components in crude oil). In this talk, we will explore the physiologic effects this exposure has had on the Seaside Sparrow population in Barataria Bay from 2013-2015. In addition, we will explore the various ecological and life-history factors that can play a role in how birds respond to stress and environmental changes. that you've selected a template, you'll define the layout of your email and give your content a place to live by adding, rearranging, and deleting content blocks.

We'll use the free Zoom platform, which you can download by clicking here. To join the meeting, follow this link: JOIN and, if prompted, enter password: Sparrow (The Meeting ID is 973 4097 7505).

We look forward to seeing you all!

Welcome to the Charleston, SC Audubon

We are the Charleston Natural History Society (CNHS)and  Charleston‘s Audubon society – a South Carolina chapter of the National Audubon Society since 1970. Founded as the Charleston Natural History Society in 1905, we serve Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. We are a nonprofit environmental organization that actively promotes awareness, appreciation and conservation of the natural environment through educational programs, field trips, conservation projects, sponsored research and social activities.

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For over a year now we've been using a new chapter logo on our newsletters, signage and Facebook page. Designed for flexibility, we hope that this graphic can serve to identify our group for a long time to come. Different species of birds will be used in various contexts, and we hope to make the logo available to members – on t-shirts, decals, and possibly some other merchandise.

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