Thursday, August 22, 2013
In a rain-soaked ceremony on Thursday the second installment of the B.I.R.D.S. campaign was unveiled by Councilman Terry Jenkins.
After a brief struggle to get the sheet uncaught from the bird’s beak, the mourning dove was unveiled outside of the Saints Cyril & Methodius Orthodox Christian Church to a loyal crowd of around 40.
The Birds In Residence: Downtown Summerville campaign is designed to bring tourists and residents alike to downtown. B.I.R.D.S. is operated by the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest, Sculpture in the South and DREAM and relies on sponsorships for the birds to be built. The mourning dove was sponsored by Henry and Melinda Knight in honor of Melinda’s parents, Al and Ruth Mitro.
Each bird will have a poem clue sheet that gives hints to where the next bird will be. A total of 20 birds will be unveiled across the four corners of downtown with all birds being native to the area.
“We want to teach people about the beauty and diversity of the birds in our area,” said Mike Dawson, the Audubon Center Director. “Plus we will have people going into the stores and new tourists.”
The next bird will be the White-breasted Nuthatch at the September Third Thursday. Those who wish to sponsor a bird should contact Dawson at (843) 462-2150.