“Birdability” birdwatching tours at Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge will be offered free of charge for mobility challenged individuals each Tuesday from March 21-May 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The partnership between the Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges and Hilton Head Audubon offers an opportunity to ride a 15-seat electric shuttle with a bird guide to look for both migrating birds and nesting egrets and herons present during the spring on Pinckney Island. 

Passengers do not have to leave the shuttle during the tour. The golf cart was purchased to expand accessibility at Pinckney, thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. 

The diverse habitats at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge attract an abundance of wildlife throughout the year, providing excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. The refuge bird list contains more than 250 species.

Pinckney Island NWR is one of the best places in South Carolina to see breeding yellow-crowned night herons.

Birdability focuses on removing barriers to access for birders with mobility challenges and disabilities or other health concerns. According to the organization Birdability, which publishes information for the mobility challenged, the organization works to ensure that the outdoors are welcoming, inclusive, safe and accessible for everyone.

Guests may bring their own binoculars or use those provided. You must be registered to participate. Register at coastalrefuges.org/pinckney-tours.