2014 Lowcountry Fly Fishing Expo

Summer Migrants are Arriving Around Oldfield

BY: Marvin Bouknight

The cool temperature today is no indication of spring, but spring is here and our neotropical birds are starting to arrive. Birds like warblers, flycatchers, tanagers, vireos and many more are starting to appear in and around the Lowcountry. Neotropical birds include one of the most beautiful and striking birds, the swallow-tailed kites.  I saw my first kite of the year about a month ago, but had not seen any since. Today changed that, as I saw that beautiful black and white bird with a forked tail flying over the pastures up front! Keep your eyes peeled and on the lookout for our summer residents. It’s a sure sign of spring and summer!

Swallowtailed kite feeding

Equestrian Summer Camps

Summer is just around the corner and once again we will be having our Equestrian Summer Camps!
Here are the dates for the camps:

Mini Camps (Ages 4 – 7)
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | 3 days | $100 per person
Tuesday-Thursday, June 10 – 12
Tuesday-Thursday, July 8 – 10

Full Day Camp (Ages 8 & up)
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 5 Days | $325 per person
Monday-Friday, June 16 – 2
Monday-Friday, June 23 – 27
Monday-Friday, July 14 – 18
Monday-Friday, July 21 – 25

Advanced Camp
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 5 Days | $360 per person
Monday-Friday, June 30 – July 4

Reserve your spot now!

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Bring the Kids Out to the Courts!

Pro Paul Louw coaches our little members in all levels of play and that’s just how he likes to refer to it…PLAY! Our kids love anything sports related and every Thursday you can venture out to our Har Tru courts and see them in action.

Skills learned on the court can be enjoyed throughout life, whether its mechanics, discipline or social. So grab a racket and volley your way through the years!

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A New Addition to the Sports Club!

BY: Ramona Ward

We are so excited to announce the newest addition to our Sports Club – The Precore Adaptive Motion Trainer® (AMT)

This new piece of equipment looks like an elliptical crossed with a stair climber but it brings us unparalleled freedom of motion. Change your workouts at will, just by moving naturally. With the AMT you can go from short to long strides, walking to running, and climbing to lunging smoothly, easily, and spontaneously. The new AMT fits virtually everyone regardless of size and provides an effective low-impact workout and boy does it burn some serious calories! Stop by the front desk and reserve your time on the new AMT. You’ll feel the difference (after you mop up your sweat!)

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Nesting Season is Approaching

BY: Marvin Bouknight

Nesting season is approaching and some if it has already started. One of my favorite things about this time of year is the “ramping” up of nest building in our wading bird rookeries. Great egrets, snowy egrets, little blue and tricolored herons, green herons and more all nest together in a common area, called a rookery. This place can be a loud, raucous frenzy of activity from now until the eggs hatch and the babies fledge the nest. If you want to see this action in full swing, visit Pinckney Island NWR or the town of Port Royal and their boardwalk that goes right in the midst of a wading bird rookery. Both are only about 20 minutes from Oldfield and well worth the trip!

Great Egret with Nesting Material for blog

American Kestrels – Our Smallest Falcon

BY: Marvin Bouknight

The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), also called a tilley hawk or sparrow hawk, is our smallest falcon, and is roughly the size of an American Robin.  Don’t let the small size fool you, however.  These little falcons are extremely fast, maneuverable, and voracious predators.  They mainly feed on insects and small mammals, but they will also take birds such as sparrows, finches, and other small songbirds.  An interesting note is that the brilliantly colored birds are sexually dimorphic, which is a fancy way of saying the male and female look different.  The female has a boldly patterned head, rusty red streaked chest, with a barred and rusty back, wings, and tail.  The male has a rusty, barred back, but the wings are bluish gray, the tail is unbarred, rusty red, tipped in black, a boldly patterned, more colorful head, with a rusty red spot on the very top, and a tawny, buff colored chest with noticeable dark spots.  Look for these beautiful little falcons in open grasslands, pastures, etc. with solitary trees in which they will perch and search for prey.

American Kestrel OFFB

Sunset Kayak Paddle

Easy Spring Workouts

BY: Mona Ward

Spring is almost here and as we do every year, we start to freak out about our beach bodies. Unfortunately, getting to the gym may be a struggle with all you have on your plate. Well, fear not, there are plenty of “no weights needed” workouts out there. I’ll be posting one a week so print them out or copy them down and compile a folder of these very do-able workouts. Need modifiers? No worries. Change out reps? Sure. Customize to fit your body and goals. But just do it! Like I always say – you can make time or you can make excuses.

Basic No-Weights Needed Workout:

Do Three Times Each:
10 Push Ups
20 Sit Ups
25 Squats
20 Lunges (10 Each Leg)
80 Jumping Jacks
60-Second Wall Sits

Attention Oldfield Boat Owners

BY: Marvin Bouknight

I’m sure everyone has noticed that spring is right around the corner.  Not only does this time of year bring about warmer temperatures and longer days, but also the all too familiar desire to pack up the boat and head out on the water.

The Outfitters Center has implemented new services for you to take advantage of, which include services such as boat washing, boat detailing, boat yard fueling services and more.  To kick off the spring season and get you headed out on the river in style, we are offering 10% off all detailing services for our boat program participants for the month of April!  Don’t miss out on this deal to get your boat looking great!  Call us for more information about the services we offer or to schedule a boat detailing service, contact us at 645-4604 or email at [email protected].