Gear up for a wild weekend in Charleston! The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is the largest wildlife, art and sporting event of its kind, showcasing more than 500 artisans, wildlife and nature experts and sporting demonstrations. Find us oohing and ahhing at the Birds of Prey Flight Demos, browsing exquisite art and enjoying BBQ bites from world-renowned pit masters and bluegrass tunes by the fire with The Bluestone Ramblers during the Lowcountry Social. Scroll on to discover 11 surprising things you’ll see at SEWE this year!
LIVE ACTION AUCTION WITH YETI
Join wildlife artists Ryan Kirby and Chad Poppleton as they each paint a wildlife scenery on YETI Tundra coolers. Upon completion, the coolers will be auctioned off and a portion of the proceeds will benefit SEWE and the conservation group of the artists’ choice.
JEFF CORWIN: LIVE ANIMAL SHOW
You’ve adventured along with him via Ocean Mysteries, now catch him live at the Gaillard Center! Nature conservationist, television personality and author Jeff Corwin will entertain and delight SEWE attendees during live presentations on Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.
SHEEP + DUCK HERDING DEMOS
Join Windy Knolls Farm owner and master trainer Bill Coburn as he showcases the fascinating world of the Border Collie breed’s herding instinct. Watch his collies artfully muster sheep and ducks through various obstacles with only a whistle and a few commands.
The Sporting Village has expanded this year to include exhibitors that focus on fishing, water sports and marine-based activities. Don’t miss Charleston Angler holding fly fishing and cast net demonstrations for children and adults!
SEWE hosts the only two tank DockDogs event east of the Mississippi! Watch dogs of all kinds, with a variety of skill levels, compete in various water jumping competitions in side-by-side tanks. Good luck, pups!
LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES
Head to the Gibbes Museum of Art and hear from artists and curators about the genre of sporting and wildlife arts spanning the 17th century to present day. P.S. The Daily will be preparing boxed lunches for participants in case you were on the fence. See you there!
INTRO TO ARCHERY
Channel your inner Robin Hood and meet us on Johns Island County Park‘s six-target archery range and 20-target 3D course featuring wild boar, deer and turkey! Maximize the “thrill of the hunt” by enhancing your archery skills before exploring the ranges and enjoying coffee, hot chocolate and donuts.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE + WINE TASTING
Come cozy up in The Living Room at The Dewberry! Sterling Vineyards Estate Wine will offer tastings while artist Joseph Sulkowski, best known for his sporting art, will paint in the backdrop.
FLIGHT DEMOS WITH THE CENTER FOR BIRDS OF PREY
Ooh and ahh during the Center for Birds of Prey flight demos featuring falcons, eagles, owls and hawks while learning all about the important role they play in our ecosystem. Insider’s tip: This event is a can’t-miss!
Reptiles and amphibians are an integral part of our ecosystem. Learn why, and how, The Orianne Society promotes the conservation of these creatures and game species (such as quail, turkey and deer) in an informative presentation featuring the Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake and more.
FASHION FOR FEATHERS
Start your weekend in style with top boutiques at Charleston’s grandest luxury hotel, Hotel Bennett, during Fashion for Feathers, an inaugural fashion show luncheon hosted by Audubon South Carolina. Celebrate the beauty of birds and enjoy a runway of trendsetting looks while sipping fine wine and enjoying delicious bites prepared by culinary master and Top Chef alum Michael Sichel.