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         Friends Invite You to Come to Santee NW Refuge
     "The best birding center in South Carolina and the Southeast."

       Santee NW Refuge  2125 Fort Watson Rd.  Summerton, SC 29148
       803-478-2217  West of I-95, exit 102 @ US 301/US 15, 6 miles south of Summerton, SC
     "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world" - John Muir
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 The purpose of the Friends of Santee National Wildlife Refuge 
is to promote conservation, awareness, and appreciation of the Santee National Wildlife Refuge.

 Press Release 7-30-14:  Marc Epstein, Refuge Manager    803-478-2217
2014-2015 HUNTING SEASONS ANNOUNCED FOR SANTEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Summerton, S.C....Santee National Wildlife Refuge announces the opening of the refuge for public
hunting of white-tailed deer and raccoon during the seasons listed below.
The deer hunt schedule begins with the special lottery deer hunts on the Bluff Unit beginning on
October 3rd as listed below. These special hunts, called “Family, Friends, and Kids Hunts” are an
effort to encourage adults to share an outdoor experience with kids by bringing a child hunting with
them – spending more time together outdoors. Additional information on how-to apply for these hunts
will be available soon and will be posted on our website along with our annual hunting brochure.
Cuddo and Pine Island Unit hunts will be running from Monday through Saturday only, as listed
below. Please see the refuge brochure for specific information on these hunts (website address noted
below).
For the safety of all refuge visitors, refuge units that are open to public deer hunts are closed to general
public access during designated hunt periods.
Four managed hunts for white-tailed deer will be held on the Refuge in 2014 as follows:
Bluff Unit Family, Friends, Kids; October 03-04, and 10-11, 2014
Cuddo Unit Archery Only; October 13-18, 2014
Pine Island Unit Primitive Weapons Only; October 20-25, 2014
Cuddo Unit Primitive Weapons Only; October 27-November 1, 2014
Bluff Unit - Family Friendly Hunts (Quota)
Quota Hunt Application - Applications should be available on or before August 01, 2014 and MUST
be received by August 31, 2014 to be eligible. Additional information on how-to apply for these hunts
will also be posted on our website: http://www.fws.gov/santee/Hunting&Fishing.html or by calling the
Refuge Headquarters at the number listed above (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.) or
by written request to Santee NWR, 2125 Fort Watson Road, Summerton, SC 29148.
Hunters are advised to study a copy of current regulations before hunting on the refuge. Any questions
regarding permitted activities and all requests for information about hunting, fishing, and other public
use programs should be directed to: Refuge Manager, Santee National Wildlife Refuge, 2125 Fort Watson Rd., Summerton, SC, 29148. Information may also be obtained by calling (803) 478-2217.
Hunters may also find additional information on the Refuge website at: http://www.fws.gov/santee
Hunter Education Classes:
In cooperation with the South Carolina DNR, two hunter education classes will be held at the Santee
NWR Visitor Center on Saturday, September 6
th 2014 and Saturday, September 27th, 2014. The South
Carolina Hunter Education Class is recommended for motivated students 12 years of age and older
with good reading and comprehension skills who have some firearm and hunting knowledge or
experience. Course materials are on a 6th-grade reading level. For additional information or to register,
please contact the SCDNR by calling 1-800-830-2268 or visit:
http://www.register-ed.com/programs/42?zip=29148&distance=10
Santee National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 as a sanctuary for migratory birds. The
refuge encompasses approximately 13,000 acres of habitat along the banks of Lake Marion in four
separate units, and has approximately 39 miles of shoreline to maintain. The refuge visitor center as
well as the Santee Indian Mound and site of Fort Watson are located on the Bluff Unit, 7 miles south
of Summerton on Hwy 15/301. For questions about the refuge, please contact 803-478-2217 or visit
http://www.fws.gov/santee
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to these events for all
participants. Persons needing reasonable accommodations in order to attend and participate in this
event should contact the Refuge Manager at 803-478-2217 or marc_epstein@fws.gov. In order to
allow sufficient time to process requests, please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

 

 Press Release 6-17-14: The Santee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Cuddo Unit will be closed on Mondays beginning in July to allow refuge staff and contractors to begin conducting maintenance, repairs, and exotic species control, park management has announced. The wildlife drive will continue to open Tuesdays through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 1 through Sept. 30, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 through Feb. 28.

 Check the website for 2014 photo winners.

New road work finished into Santee National Wildlife Refuge, go slow over the speed bumps.

 7th Santee Birding and Nature Festival - April 25 - 27, 2014

Birding, Paddling, Natural History Trips will be part of the festival,

registration opens March 1. Names of trips listed below.

Santee National Wildlife Refuge: 2nd Annual Nature Photography Contest Announced

Winner announced at Santee Birding and Nature Festival - April 25 - 27, 2014

Submission Deadline!   All entries must be submitted and received by April 7, 2014

 

    To register - http://www.santeebirdingfestival.com/field-trips.html   -  Only highlights listed below:

              Welcome to the 7th annual Santee Birding and Nature Festival - More than a birding event, this family-friendly festival has something for everyone! 

T
he Santee Birding and Nature Festival features an abundant array of wildlife-oriented field trips and workshops running throughout the 3-day event.  The festival celebrates the natural beauty of South Carolina by providing wildlife watching and natural history opportunities throughout the midlands of South Carolina, and beyond.  This year we are continuing the Nature Photography Contest, sponsored by festival organizers.  Cash prizes will be awarded for winning photographs in addition to being featured in the festival’s commemorative poster!!  See details on the Wildlife Photography Contest page.

There is a registration fee for each participant of the Santee Birding and Nature Festival: adults are $25/person, youth 15 and under are $5/person, and seniors 64 and over are $20/person.  In addition, some field trips will require an additional fee.  

Registration/Check In During the Festival - Throughout the festival, folks can stop by the Santee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for information.  The address is: 2125 Fort Watson Road Summerton, SC 29148.  

  Due to overwhelming response, we have added new trips on Santee NWR.  Check out all the trips below!!  Registration is now open!!!  http://www.santeebirdingfestival.com/field-trips.html

Friday April 25, 2014
Birding on Your Own-Enjoy the wonderful opportunities to see all kinds of wildlife around Lake Marion at the Santee National Wildlife Refuge and Santee State Park!

Keynote Dinner with Dr. Richard Porcher               
100 person max.
     6:30 pm – 9:00 pm                                                       Cost: $20

                                Location: Santee Cultural Arts Center
            Dr. Richard Porcher has a vast knowledge of South Carolina ecology and will share this with us in his Keynote "Lowcountry Botanical Potpourri" .  Richard always has a wonderful way of interpreting our natural history and this talk is not to be missed.  The dinner will also feature the winning images from the Wildlife Photography Contest on display.  Catering will be by Sticky Fingers Catering in the beautiful Santee Cultural Arts Center off Bass Dr. in Santee.  Come early and searching the surrounding trees for local and migrating species as well.



Saturday April 26, 2014
  1. Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest         12 person max
    6:30am - 11:00am                                                   Cost: $10

  2. Brosnan Forest                                                         12 person max.
    7:00 am – 11:00 am                                               Cost: FREE

  3. McAlhany Nature Preserve                                     12 person max.
    7:00 am – 11:30 am                                               Cost: FREE

  4. Santee National Wildlife Refuge – Bluff Unit      15 person max.
    7:00am – 11:00am                                                 Cost: FREE

  5. Santee National Wildlife Refuge - Dingle Pond Unit   15 person max.
    8:00 - 11:00 am                                                      Cost:  FREE


  6. Bear Island Wildlife Management Area                20 person max.
    8:00 am - 11:00 am                                                Cost: FREE

  7. Plantation Islands Kayak                                       12 person max.
    8:00 am – 12:00 pm                                              Cost: $20

  8. Yawkey Wildlife Center Birding Trip                     8 person max.
     8:00am - 3:00pm                                                  Cost: FREE

  9.  Advanced Wildlife Photography – Cuddo Unit Santee NWR    10 person
     8:30am – 11:30am                                              Cost: FREE

 10.  Caw Caw County Park                                       12 person max.
     8:30 am – 11:30 am                                           Cost: $5 (pay at park)

 11. Coastal Forest Birding for Beginners                  12 persons max.
    9:00am - 11:00am                                               Cost: FREE

 12. Fisheagle Tour                                                     28 person max
    1:00pm - 3:00pm                                                 Cost: $23       

 13. Capers Island Wildlife Exploration via Ferry      40 person max.
    1:00pm – 4:30pm                                                Cost: $30

 14. Santee National Wildlife Refuge – Dingle Pond Unit     FULL   15 person
    1:00pm – 4:00pm                                                Cost: FREE

 15. Santee National Wildlife Refuge – Bluff Unit       FULL      15 person max.
    1:00pm – 4:00pm                                                Cost: FREE

 16. Pine Needle Basket Weaving                              6 person max.
    1:00pm – 4:00pm                                               Cost: $30

 17. Butterflies of the Francis Marion National Forest     12 person max
      1:00 pm – 4:00pm                                            Cost: FREE

 18. Butterfly Tour - Santee NWR (Cuddo Unit)      12 person max.
      1:00pm - 4:00pm                                              Cost: FREE

 19. Plantation Islands Kayak                                 12 person max.
    1:00 pm – 5:00 pm                                            Cost: $20 Paddling (S)

 20. Birding Happy Hour /Countdown: Santee State Park Village Round   70 person max.
       5:00 pm - 7:00 pm                                        Cost:  $5


 21. Wine and Cheese Sunset Cruise                  28 person max.
        6:00 pm - 8:00 pm                                      Cost: $30


Sunday April 27, 2014
1. Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest     12 person max
     6:30am - 11:00am                                         Cost: $10


2. Brosnan Forest                        FULL             12 person max.
     7:00 am – 11:00                                           Cost: FREE


3. Birding Congaree National Park with Friends of Congaree    FULL     12 person max     

     8:00 am – 11:30 am                                  Cost: FREE

4. Sparkleberry Swamp Paddle                       12 person max
     8:00 am – 12:00pm                                  Cost: $20  Paddling (S)


5.  Caw Caw County Park             FULL         12 person max.
      8:30 am – 11:30 am                                 Cost: $5 (pay at park)



6. Fisheagle Tour of Santee NWR                  28 person max
     10:00 am - 12:00 pm                                 Cost: $23


7.  Butterfly Tour - Santee NWR (Bluff Unit)     12 person max.
      10:00am - 2:00pm                                  Cost: FREE


8. Butterflies of the Francis Marion National Forest     12 person max
      1:00 pm – 4:00pm                                  Cost: FREE

 

 

  Other Events - Past and history of Santee Refuge & Friends

 

United States Department of the Interior  FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

Santee National Wildlife Refuge

2125 Fort Watson Rd.,  Summerton, South Carolina  29148

Telephone:  803-478-2217    Fax: 803-478-2314

April 24, 2013                      Marc Epstein, Refuge Manager

SANTEE REFUGE VISITOR CENTER NEW HOURS OF OPERATION

Effective April 28, 2013, the Visitor Center at Santee National Wildlife Refuge located in Summerton, SC, will be operating under new reduced hours.  The Visitor Center’s normal hours of operation will be Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  However, because of currently vacant biologist and park ranger positions, the Visitor Center may be periodically closed during the week while refuge staff are out working and engaged in habitat management and resource protection. 

 

While visitors may find the Visitor Center doors temporarily closed during the week, the Bluff, Dingle Pond, and Pine Island Units will remain open for public access from daylight to dusk and the Cuddo Unit will remain open during normal seasonal hours.  Visitors can continue to take advantage of the tremendous wildlife diversity at Santee National Wildlife Refuge on the seven-mile wildlife drive and the hiking trails and canoe trails on the open refuge units. 

Visitors can obtain refuge maps and brochures from contact stations located in front of the Visitor Center and at the entrances to the Cuddo, Dingle Pond, and Pine Island Units.  If you need assistance in planning your refuge visit, please call the refuge office at 803-478-2217 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.) or visit the refuge website at www.fws.gov/santee to print a downloadable refuge map and details on permitted visitor uses and refuge hours of access. 

The new hours of operation are expected to continue for the foreseeable future.  However, the refuge continues to seek volunteers who can help keep the Visitor Center open during the week.

Santee National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 as a sanctuary for migratory birds.  The refuge encompasses approximately 13,000 acres of habitat along the banks of Lake Marion in four separate units and has approximately 39 miles of shoreline to maintain.  The refuge visitor center as well as the Santee Indian Mound and site of Fort Watson are located on the Bluff Unit, 7 miles south of Summerton on Hwy 15/301.

The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

National Wildlife Refuges…Where Wildlife Comes Naturally!  -FWS-

February 8, 2013         Susan Heisey, Park Ranger        803-478-2217                       

Additionally, the 6th annual Santee Birding and Nature Festival is right around the corner.  Sponsored by a variety of non-profit groups, community groups, and State and Federal agencies, as well as individual sponsors, the festival has an abundant array of wildlife-oriented field trips and workshops running throughout the weekend – a little something for everyone to experience!!  The festival celebrates the natural beauty of South Carolina by providing wildlife watching and natural history opportunities throughout the midlands and beyond.  Field trips are being offered all throughout the Santee Region and into the ACE Basin and Cape Romain regions.  From the cypress swamps and freshwater habitats of the midlands, to the inlets and estuaries of the coast, there will be a variety of habitats to experience and explore.  Organizers of this year’s Santee Birding and Nature Festival are looking forward to sharing South Carolina’s natural wonders with you!  Registration for the festival opens March 1, 2013.  Dates for the 6th Annual Santee Birding and Nature Festival are April 26th-April 28th, 2013.

Detailed information on the photo contest can be found at: http://www.santeebirdingfestival.com/wildlife-photography-contest.html 

Detailed information on the festival can be found at:  http://www.santeebirdingfestival.com/

 

Migratory Bird Sanctuaries are in effect. Land areas north of the Wrights Bluff Nature Trail (Bluff Unit) and Cuddo West are closed to public access. Access to the waters of Savannah Branch, Cantey Bay, and Black Bottom is restricted. Areas will reopen March 1, 2013.

 

Upcoming Events

Enter the 1st Annual Santee Refuge Photo Contest! The Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Santee Birding and Nature Festival, and the Carolina Nature Photographers’ Association (CNPA) have teamed up in an effort to encourage South Carolina residents and visitors to get outside and photograph nature and enter the 1st Annual Nature Photography Contest.  Amateur and avid photographers are encouraged to enter up to four entries into the contest – categories include: Landscape, Wildlife, Flowers and Plants, and Santee National Wildlife Refuge.  Entries can be photographs taken anywhere within South Carolina, except for the Santee National Wildlife Refuge category, where photos must be taken on the refuge. For full details, click here!

Susan Heisey, Park Ranger
Santee National Wildlife Refuge
2125 Fort Watson Road, Summerton, SC 29148
office: 803-478-2217, cell: 803-410-2580, fax: 803-478-2314

National Wildlife Refuges…Where Wildlife Comes Naturally!     -  FWS  -


 

Please Come Join Us!!!


Photo Caption: Spring is a great time of year to come to Santee National Wildlife Refuge in search of these prehistoric giants!  Alligator Alley is a popular place along the refuge's Wildlife Drive. (credit: USFWS)
Susan Heisey, Park Ranger,  Santee National Wildlife Refuge
2125 Fort Watson Road,  Summerton, SC 29148    office: 803-478-2217,  cell: 803-410-2580

 

  Santee National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 as a sanctuary for migratory birds. The refuge encompasses approximately 13,000 acres of habitat along the banks of Lake Marion in four separate units, and has approximately 39 miles of shoreline to maintain. The refuge visitor center as well as the Santee Indian Mound and site of Fort Watson are located on the Bluff Unit, 7 miles south of Summerton on Hwy 15/301.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.  

National Wildlife Refuges…Where Wildlife Comes Naturally!

Susan Heisey, Park Ranger,  Santee National Wildlife Refuge
2125 Fort Watson Road,  Summerton, SC 29148
office: 803-478-2217,  cell: 803-410-2580,  fax: 803-478-2314

SEARCHING FOR ARTIFACTS WITHIN SANTEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IS NOT ALLOWED  

National Wildlife Refuges…Where Wildlife Comes Naturally!

Eastern Towhee at Santee NW Refuge Capture a glimpse of some of South Carolina's residents like this Eastern Towhee during bird walks offered at Santee NWR this month (Credit: Woody Tilley)       

   Visitor Center Schedule   •  Normal hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM.  We recommend calling ahead to ensure the center will be open (803-478-2217).
          Refuge trails and grounds are open daily sunrise to sunset, EXCEPT on the Cuddo and Bluff Units, which are open as noted:  October 1 - February 28 - 7:00 am - 5:00 pm    March 1 - September 30 - 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Fishing on the Refuge:
All areas open to boating are also open to fishing, as well as the Scott's Lake Public Fishing Beach. These areas produce largemouth bass, catfish and bream. All Federal and State regulations are in effect. For more information, contact the refuge.
 
Posted on Fri, Sep. 28, 2007  TheState.com
 "Off the beaten trail" Cuddo bike path in Santee refuge a great place to check out wildlife

By JOEY HOLLEMAN - jholleman@thestate.com

It’s more a dirt road than a bike trail, and the knee-high grass makes pedaling a bike difficult in some sections.
Despite those drawbacks, the critter-filled surroundings on the banks of Lake Marion make the 8.7-mile bike trail through the Cuddo Unit of the Santee National Wildlife Refuge worth the trip.

Usually, spotting wildlife while riding a bike is nearly impossible. On a nearly two-hour ride in Cuddo, I saw some large gators on land and in the water, two deer, a great blue heron, several great egrets, a wide variety of ducks and so many butterflies that at times I felt the need to slow down so they wouldn’t smack me in the face.
Other sections of the 15,095-acre preserve in Clarendon County have plenty of hiking trails, but Cuddo has the refuge’s only trail designated for bikes. (Hiking is allowed on the bike trail.) Unlike the main office of the Santee Refuge, which is just a couple miles from I-95, you have to travel several miles on back roads to get to the Cuddo Unit entrance.

The gate is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April through September and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. October through February. The Cuddo Unit is closed to hikers and bikers during two deer hunts Sept. 30-Oct. 6 and Oct. 15-20.
The rest of the year, Cuddo is all about wildlife viewing. I stopped three times on my bike trip to take photos. A bird-watcher with more patience might want to stop 10 times, especially when cooler nights take the sting out of the bug population.

It’s obvious the refuge staff spends more time worrying about resident wildlife than human visitors. The bike trail is nothing more than a dirt road used sparingly by refuge workers and, for two weeks a year, hunters.
The dearth of trail markers prompted me to go against Robert Frost’s advice and take the road more traveled whenever there was a choice. Only once did that fail me. Near the end of the clockwise loop, I went straight when I should have turned right. But 100 yards down the wrong road, I came upon a “dead end” sign and turned around.

The trail winds through a basic pine/immature hardwood forest. The first must-stop spot is a couple of miles into the journey when only the trail/road separates Lake Marion from a pond.
Two large gators sunbathed on an island in the pond. What looked like large moving sticks in the lake cove meant at least a half-dozen more gators hang out in the area. The Cuddo Unit has the highest concentration of gators, and the largest individuals, in the refuge.

If you encounter a gator sunbathing on the bike trail, you’d best turn around and try the loop going the other direction.
I made it only a few hundred yards more before leaving the bike behind to stroll on the clam-covered shore of the drought-sunken lake. Back on the bike, what had been an easy ride turned difficult when the dirt road gave way to thick grass. I bet no more than a dozen bikes had cut through that grass in the past couple of months.

The tall, thick grass, which dominated two of the next three miles, made the bike seem like it had two flat tires. This would be an ideal section for a Lowcountry biker training for long, uphill climbs.
In the middle of the grassy section is the other hard-to-resist stop on a point between two lake coves. Small cypress trees spike the broad lake vista. On this sunny day, yellow and purple wildflowers blanketed the edges of the road, and the flocks of butterflies made it seem many of the yellow flowers had sprung wings.

After another mile of grassy road and one brief wrong turn, the final mile or two back to the car was an easy pedal. Just for kicks, I drove the full 7.5-mile auto trail in Cuddo, which reminded me why it’s much more interesting to hike or bike, even if you have to plow through tall grass.
Reach Holleman at (803) 771-8366.
BIKE RIDE:  A place to ride at the Santee National Wildlife Refuge  WHAT: 8.7-mile bike trail
WHERE: Cuddo Unit of the Santee National Wildlife Refuge
WHEN: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April through September; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. October through February. Closed to hikers and bikers during deer hunts Sept. 30-Oct. 6 and Oct. 15-20.

DIRECTIONS FROM COLUMBIA: Take I-26 east to I-95 north. Get off at exit 108. Turn right, and go about 1½ miles to the end of road. Turn left, and go 2 miles to Davis Crossroads. Just past the crossroads, take the first paved road to the right and go about 4 miles. Turn right and go about ½ mile until road dead-ends. Turn right, and the entrance to the Cuddo Unit is on the left. Refuge signs make it easier than it seems.

FEES: Free        INFORMATION: (803) 478-2217 or www.fws.gov/santee
 
Come to Santee NW Refuge and join.  

Friends of Santee National Wildlife Refuge
invite you to join or renew your membership. 

Student          $10
Individual       $25
Family           $40
Patron          $100
Sponsor        $250
Corporate     $500

The purposes of Santee Refuge Friends are exclusively charitable and educational within the meaning of the Section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 and is an independent, non-profit organization.

 
Designation:
"Important Bird Area"
by National Audubon Society Based on: endangered species, watch list species and concentrations of birds 
(waterfowl, colonial waterbeds and exceptional numbers of migratory land birds).
Friends of the Refuge and an eagle and her nest

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Santee Refuge Recognized as an Important Bird Area by Audubon

 Friends of Santee National Wildlife Refuge announced that the National Audubon Society had conferred the designation of "Important Bird Area" (IBA) upon Santee National Wildlife Refuge.  This announcement was made at the conclusion of International Migratory Bird Day activities held on the refuge on Saturday, May 15th, 2004.  Santee National Wildlife Refuge was selected as an Important Bird Area on the basis of three nominating criteria:  Endangered Species, WatchList Species, and Concentrations of Birds (waterfowl, colonial waterbirds, and exceptional number of migratory landbirds).  Quoting from Paul Koehler, Audubon's coordinator for South Carolina's Important Bird Area Program, "I applaud the management and conservation efforts at Santee NWR that contribute toward it being named an Important Bird Area".  There are now 30 IBA's that have been recognized in South Carolina and nearly 1,500 across the United States.  Congratulations to the refuge staff on this special recognition.  Two signs designating Santee NWR as an Important Bird Area are erected at visitor contact areas to help underscore the importance of the refuge for bird populations. 

 
                         Santee National Wildlife Refuge Migratory Waterfowl Ground Census:     
                     
Species:        
1-6-09
12-12-08
11-26-08
1-17-07
Hooded Merganser
2
2
10
30
Mallard
1315
312
501
1525
American Black Duck
62
20
22
145
Gadwall
310
40
7
385
American Wigeon
840
120
12
136
Green-winged Teal
2964
1020
912
1900
Northern Shoveler
140
10
0
40
Northern Pintail
22
7
0
22
Wood Duck
612
2580
2883
1775
Lesser Scaup
0
20
2
30
Ring-necked Duck
1737
750
330
3950
Canada Goose
1180
710
504
1032
Tundra Swan
0
0
0
4
American Coot
44
85
100
750
Pied-billed Grebe
0
0
0
78
Bufflehead
3
0
8
0
Canvasback
12
0
0
0
Blue-winged Teal
120
0
0
0
Totals
9363
5680
5381
11802
Come walk the new nature trails
between the Visitor Center and Indian Mound.


New Binoculars at the Visitor Center, 
thanks to Friends and Santee Cooper.
Friends and Santee Cooper donated and installed new binoculars
New Binoculars in place & dedicated Oct 16, 2004.
Visitors on the deck have increased 30%.
Thank you Santee Cooper for your donation.
     We are working hard to increase membership and to get members involved with proposed projects on the Refuge. 
If you have a special skill or interest please let us know. 
Visitors enjoy new binoculars
First visitors to use the new glasses, June 19, 2004.

New Refuge System Exhibit Panels at SC Welcome Center
        Two new exhibit panels promoting the Refuge System, the Centennial celebration, and inviting travels to visit the refuges located near Interstate 95 were erected at the SC Welcome Center and Rest Area sites just across Lake Marion.  The panels which are housed in covered, outdoor kiosks also include a section devoted to Santee National Wildlife Refuge.
Several hundred thousand travelers on I-95 could view these panels annually. 
New Cuddo Driving Trail sign installed by Gene & George.
Find the Cuddo Driving Trail with the new sign installed by Gene; revised in 2010, look for new sign.
Young gator seen in Cuddo, 2004
Young spring gator seen in Cuddo, 2004.
Map of Santee NW Refuge Cuddo Unit for the driving, biking & walking trails
map of Cuddo Unit of Santee NW Refuge


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