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Welcome to Oldfield Outfitters Center
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Phone (843) 645-4604
Fax (843) 379-5115
Outfitters Center Hours
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(All other times by reservation)
The Sheepshead action is still red hot! This group of Oldfield Anglers caught a boat load while fishing with Capt. Jason on Tuesday
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Well deserved congrats to Oldfield’s Naturalist, Jill Kombrink, who served on the Master Naturalist board for 2016 as Community Outreach Chair. After the recent annual board meeting, Jill was elected Vice President of the Association for the 2017 term. Her role as VP will include assisting the President with board meetings, overseeing existing projects to completion, providing input on future projects and events and sending correspondence to the members. Jill is looking forward to the role she will play in enhancing the Master Naturalist Teacher Program, of which she is a former graduate .
For those not familiar, the Master Naturalist Association partners with the Lowcountry Institute to train and educate participants through hands-on learning experiences to become Master Naturalists. The LCMNA provides graduates of the LowCountry Master Naturalist Program with a means to continue their environmental education by building on the learning they began in the Master Naturalist class. Another important function of the LCMNA is to insure that volunteer activities, aimed at improving/protecting the Low country environment, are provided for its members. This helps members fulfill volunteer hour requirements as set by the state Master Naturalist office at Clemson University.
It has been an exciting and educational time for Oldfield residents and staff as we’ve experienced being “first-time” parents to our nesting eagle family!
I hope by now you’ve had a chance to go by the nest and with any luck you’ve seen one of the adults or the chick. To re-cap, the nest and its neo-phyte mating pair not only survived the hurricane but successfully hatched a chick. The chick was first noticed during a nature walk the beginning of January and the DNR and I have been using January 1 as the unofficial birthdate. We’ve seen it grow from a little grey and white downy infant to a full-sized eagle covered in black feathers as it is now.
By our estimates the chick is about 8-9 weeks so between now and 10 weeks “limbing” will begin where the chick will be seen out on the nest and the limbs flapping its wings to strengthen them. By the beginning of April the chick will fledge but still return to the nest for rest and feeding. We may also observe the chick become aggressive with the parents when they come into feed and they will just begin to drop and go with the food. Once it fledges it will follow parents and watch them hunt as it learns on its own. By May the parents will most likely head North and the “little guy” will be on his own to do the same. When that time comes we can celebrate a successful nesting season and see what happens in October when the adults should return to do it all over again!
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By now you may have heard the exciting news…our nesting pair of eagles have successfully become parents! This exciting discovery was made in mid-January after diligently monitoring the nest since October. This pair was observed last year at a nest on Gregorie Neck and returned to the same nest again this year. The eagles and their nest survived Hurricane Matthew and they continued to display behaviors of a typical neo-phyte or new nesting pair; bringing in nesting material to add to the nest and spending prolonged amounts of time on or near the nest. Our best guess is the chick hatched the beginning of January and they take about 12 weeks to fledge. During this time while the eaglet is maturing it’s now our responsibility to help ensure its safety. This pair chose to nest in a “high traffic” area with a lot of human involvement so an occasional trip by the nest shouldn’t harm it’s development but I ask that you use common sense, keep a safe distance away and be respectful of this new family! Sometime in late February or early March we will see the eaglet leaving the nest and doing what is called “limbing” where they are not ready to fly but are up and out of the nest practicing. This is a critical time in the chicks development and it will be extremely important that it is not startled in anyway to cause it to fall prematurely from the nest. I will be sending updates through social media as to what the current status is and will include pictures often as well so stay tuned to our very live nature show and thank you for your support in keeping the eagles safe and happy. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Jill at or 645-4604.
As part of the Adopt-a-Highway Program Oldfield is expected to do its part to keep our section of 170 litter free and last weekend 15 Oldfield residents and staff Naturalist Jill did just that! With their volunteer efforts they logged just over 5 hours and gathered 40 bags of trash from HWY 462 to Rivers End. This was the first of four scheduled clean-ups for 2017. Mark your calendars for the first weekend of May, August and November to do your part as well.
A group of Oldfield Members enjoying an afternoon sporting clays shoot in Jan 2017 at Turkey Hill Plantation. The cooler months are a perfect time to get out and enjoy this beautiful Plantation!
Plans for the spring garden have begun but it’s never too late to “dig in”! Whether you’re full or part time, experienced at gardening or not come on out and see what it’s all about.
Contact Jill at the Outfitters Center. or 645-4604 for more information.
Oldfield sighted 398 birds and 53 specices.
Can you believe this alien-like fungus is among us?! With our fairly mild and wet winter this crazy looking mushroom has been spotted along Oldfield trails and in the woods.
The term "lion's mane" sounds like something you'd find roaming the plains of the Serengeti. Yet did you know it's also the common name for an edible mushroom with promising medicinal properties?
These mushrooms provide more than just a visual treat. They're considered by many to be a gourmet edible, with a wonderfully chewy texture and taste slightly reminiscent of seafood.
Lion's mane has also been the subject of more and more medical studies in the past decade. They appear to have nerve regenerating properties, stimulating nerve growth and aiding those with cognitive impairments. Yesterday's funny looking mushroom may be part of tomorrow's dementia treatment.
Pictured here are 2 “hairy vines” that many people may not realize is Poison Ivy. Most are more familiar with the saying “ leaves of 3 let it be” but Poison Ivy also likes to grow up trees as a vine. With all the storm clean-up and tree and branch removal please be on the look-out!
Save the Date Monday May 8, 2017 for the 2nd Annual Port Royal Sound
Foundation Low Country Community Golf Challenge
Sponsered by Oldfield and Callawassie, to be played at Callawassie.
Food, raffle and auction to follow. Form a team and support the PRSF. New team format this year.
Oldfield took advantage of Beaufort County's Electronic Recycling event this month filling a truckload of unusable equipment!
Oldfield Naturalist received over 25 trees from the Master Garden tree give away event in celebration of Arbor Day. Long Leaf Pine saplings, Chinquapin Oaks and a Red Bud were planted along various natural areas around Oldfield. Some of the pines are still available for planting. If interested contact Jill at the Outfitters Center.
Oldfield is the first private community in South Carolina to earn the Audubon Green Community Award for their ongoing sustainability initiatives from Audubon International, a non-profit environmental organization. Members of Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program are eligible for the award, which recognizes significant environmental achievement and recognizes completion of the first stage en route to earning the rigorous designation as a Certified Audubon International Sustainable Community.
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All pictures taken by Ed Kelly, Steve Massas, and Jil Kombrink
Among Oldfield’s most prized accolades for stewardship was an honor bestowed by Audubon International. Thanks to careful design and a continued commitment to preservation, Oldfield’s golf course was named a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in recognition of its “environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, chemical reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management.”
Jill Kombrink, naturalist at Oldfield Club, learned about the Great Swamp through a master gardening class. She was surprised to learn about BJWSA’s efforts.
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Fire wood is now available at the Greeters Store for purchase for private use. We will still have wood available at the Outfitters Center for use at the Outfitter pits only.