From April 23rd to 29th I was fortunate to visit my father who is now living in the Greenville and Spartanburg region of South Carolina. It was great to be back in the state. When I was a young child, my paternal grandparents lived in Aiken, South Carolina, and I have very fond memories of visiting them each March break. A lot of features were immediately familiar to me; the pine forests, the red clay soils, and the intense spring sunshine.
During the day while my father was at work, my partner and I spent our time exploring natural areas in the locality. My favourite spot was easily the Edwin M. Griffin Nature Preserve located in Spartanburg, SC. This is a small urban nature preserve chock-full of trails and boardwalks. The central wetland in the preserve was a super bird hotspot. It was a pleasure to just sit on the boardwalk and see what would fly by. Many of the trees in the preserve were labelled, which was a great learning tool for this northerner.
The second excellent natural area that we visited was the Lake Conestee Nature Park, just minutes from downtown Greenville, SC. This park had it all; lakes, wetland, hardwood and evergreen forests, and an extensive trail system. The park is listed by the Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area, so it was a shoe-in for a visit.
Over the next week or so I will be posting reports on all of the amazing wildlife I came across during my trip, so stay tuned for some birds, butterflies, and other interesting creatures!