Monday, February 28, 2011

Not a Lazy Saturday: Kiwanis Aktion Club Workday

Volunteers from the Kiwanis Aktion Club, reporting for duty!
Saturdays are lazy days for many people…days to sleep late, eat a leisurely brunch, potter around the house, and enjoy a little much-needed R&R after a busy work week.  For members of the Kiwanis Aktion Club, however, last Saturday (February 26th) was anything but a lazy day!  Over a dozen volunteers from the Club’s local chapter convened at the Carolina Children’s Garden for a special Garden Workday.  Enthusiastic participants tackled several important tasks—removing giant longleaf pine cones from the play areas, painting the fence around Mr. McGregor’s Garden, fertilizing the tea olives in the Reading Garden, raking pine straw, and stuffing our friends, Mama and Baby Bear, with fresh sphagnum moss.

The Three Bears' Crew stuffs Mama Bear with fresh sphagnum moss
We at the Carolina Children's Garden are very grateful to the Aktion Club for their service--the Garden would not exist without the hard work of volunteers like you!  Thank you!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Great Backyard Bird Count 2011

 Last Saturday, a large crowd gathered in the Carolina Children's Garden for the second-annual Sandhill Rally of the Great Backyard Bird Count!  The weather was perfect and the birds were very active.  In approximately one hour of birding, our three groups of birders saw 28 different species of birds, and every group saw at least two bird species that no other group saw.

The Children's Garden would like to send a special "thank you" to all the volunteers who helped make the event a success--the Richland County Master Gardener Association, South Carolina Midlands Master Gardener Association, Columbia Audubon Society, Kiwanis Club, Woodley's Garden Center, and Wild Birds Unlimited--and, in particular, to the bird guides--Patricia Voelker, Judy Hurley, and Arlene Marturano (above, pictured with Brian Welte of Wild Birds Unlimited).  

For more information about the GBBC, visit 

Species Counted at the 2011 GBBC:
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Robin
Blue Jay
Canada Geese
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Common Grackle
Dark-eyed Junco
Double-crested Cormorant
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Phoebe
Great Blue Heron
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Northern Flicker
Northern Mockingbird
Pied Bill Grebe
Pine Warbler
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-tailed Hawk
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Tufted Titmouse
Turkey Vulture
White-throated Sparrow
Wood Duck
Yellow-rumped Warbler