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Wild Holiday Gift Ideas for the Nature-lover in Your Life

Available until January 1, 2015

Specially priced membership packages from the Center for Birds of Prey include unique events and Center gear!

Think outside of the big box store this year and consider a unique holiday membership and adventure package for that lover of nature in your life.  These specially-priced packages from the Center for Birds of Prey include year-long, exciting activities such as photography experiences and owl encounters under moonlight.  From the beginning birder to the family of outdoor pros, there is a package for all ages and skill levels.

Birding is one of the nation’s fastest growing pastimes with $40 billion expended each year by participants of all age groups and walks of life.  Give the gift of conservation and incentive to enjoy the outdoors with a holiday gift membership to the Center for Birds of Prey.  Packages range in price from $75 to $500 and include a variety of Center gear along with exclusive access.  Packages are available for purchase only until January 1, 2015.  Mail orders must be received by Monday, December 15 for delivery by Christmas.


For those just discovering their love of the outdoors, this membership package is a great introduction to conservation through the viewpoint of birds and the Center for Birds of Prey.

Individual - $75 ($105 value) The Introductory Individual Membership Package includes a one-year membership and complimentary admission for one individual, a Center for Birds of Prey window decal and koozie, a Painted Bunting Bird Walk for one, and a Sibley's Raptors of Eastern North America waterproof folding guide.

Family/Grandparents - $175 ($272 value) The Introductory Family/Grandparents Membership Package includes a one-year membership and complimentary admission for a family including all minor children, two Center for Birds of Prey window decals and koozies, two Center children's sized t-shirts, a Native Birds of South Carolina Walk for four, and one Sibley's Raptors of Eastern North America waterproof folding guide.


Ideal for the more advanced nature-lover in your life, this membership package includes admission to some unique birding activities such as Photography Day, a Bird Walk, and an Owl Evening.

Individual - $150 ($289 value) The Advanced Individual Membership Package includes a one-year membership for you and a guest with complimentary annual admission, one Center for Birds of Prey window decal, four bird of prey post cards, and admission for two people to three seasonal birding activities (Photography Day, Painted Bunting Bird Walk, and Owl Evening).

Family/Grandparents - $300 ($504 value) The Advanced Family/Grandparents Membership Package includes a one-year membership and complimentary admission for a family including all minor children, two window decals, four bird of prey post cards, admission for four to a Photography Day and Native Birds of South Carolina Walk, and admission for two to an Owl Evening.

Benefactor Package - $500 ($643 value) The Benefactor Package allows you to support the Center from afar while providing monthly access to the Center for guests of your choosing (24 guest passes). Benefactors will also receive a Center window decal and ball cap, admission for two to an Owl Evening and Photography Day, plus admission for one to our annual gala, Migration to Memminger.

To purchase a holiday membership package, please call the Center at 843-971-7474 or send an email to info@thecenterforbirdsofprey.org.

Photography on the Wild Side

Sunday, December 14



Get up close and personal with your camera and 15 species of birds of prey...

Exclusive access for those interested in photographing birds of prey in an intimate setting. Three hour program with limited attendance to ensure good visibility for all. No experience necessary.

$45/photographer, $15/observer. Advance purchase required.

Click here to purchase your tickets now!

2nd Annual Photography Contest

Through a Bird’s Eye

Birds and, birds of prey specifically, rely on their extraordinary vision to aid in foraging, migration, and mate selection. Crows are said to be able to remember individual faces and birds around the world are known to use the same invisible migration flyways. Often their most acute sense, birds can see and perceive things we cannot: color contrasts and differences, ultraviolet light, and who knows what else.We’re looking for photographs that tell the story of the avian eye or bird’s eye perspective in an artful and unique way.

Who can enter?

All US residents who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry are encouraged to participate; except employeesand Board Members of the ACC/CBP, their immediate families and individuals in the same household as such employeesand Board Members. Photography expertise or experience is not a requirement. The contest is governed by the laws ofthe USA. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law.

What do you win?

  • A full color 16”x20” rendition of your photograph on canvas
  • Recognition and display of your photograph in our tent during the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (February13-15, 2015), an event that attracts over 40,000 wildlife enthusiasts
  • Acknowledgement on the ACC/CBP website and in newsletter, which collectively reaches more than 100,000individuals each year
  • Visibility on the ACC/CBP Facebook page as our cover page photo for the month of February 2015, reachingmore than 5,600 Facebook users daily
  • Complimentary pass to a future Photography Day of the winner’s choosing at the Center for Birds of Prey
  • Possible promotional or merchandising opportunities via the Center’s retail activities

What can be entered?

Any digital image that satisfies the contest theme of “Through a Bird’s Eye” as described above and meets the size and file type requirements as detailed below. Photographs must be original and taken by the photographer entering the contest. Please do not enter photographs of pets or domestic animals. Entries are limited to one photograph per person.

By submitting your photograph, you grant the ACC/CBOP use of the submission, including your name and any information provided about the photograph. We reserve the right to modify, reproduce, and distribute the material in any medium and in any manner or appropriate place. Your submission must not infringe on the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity.

Contest Rules

All photos must be submitted via email in .jpg or .gif format and should be at least 2MB in size, but no larger than 25MB. We are not responsible for files that are not readable or that are corrupted or incorrectly submitted. Photos must be received by 4:59pm ET Thursday, January 8, 2015. Photos should be sent to photocontest@avianconservationcenter.orgIn the event of technical difficulties, the deadline is subject to change without notice.

Photos will be judged by a jury of artists and photographers and the winner will be announced on Thursday, February12, 2015. The winner will be notified by email, regular mail, or telephone within 48 hours of the closing time. Winner will be required to agree to the use of their name, likeness, and photo entry for ACC promotional purposes (except where prohibited by law). Winner may be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility, and media use release within 24 hoursof notification or an alternate winner may be chosen by ACC/CBP.

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Upcoming Events

For more details about any of these activities, please see our Events page.

Owls by Moonlight

Thursday, November 6th


Photography on the Wild Side

Sunday, November 9th


For more details about any of the above activities, please see our Events page.

Hours & Location

The Center for Birds of Prey
4872 Seewee Road
Awendaw, SC 29429
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We are Open to the Public
Thurs. – Sat.: 10a.m. – 5p.m.
Tour Times: 10:30a.m. & 2:00p.m.

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1247
Charleston, SC 29402

Phone: 843.971.7474
Fax: 843.971.7029