Greenville County Bird Club
Projects - Lake Conestee Nature Park
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photo by Jeff Catlin

Lake Conestee was established in the early 1800s through damming of the Reedy River. It is now approximately 90% silted in. The Lake Conestee Nature Park, managed by the Conestee Foundation, is a property comprised of the former lakebed and contains wetlands, sloughs, bottomland forests, and 1.5 miles of the Reedy River, and provides a natural wonderland of wildlife habitat. The lakebed contains over 2 miles of well-marked trails and boardwalks through varied habitat. The Greenville County Bird Club's goal is to conduct an ongoing bird survey of the Park with a view to establishing a reliable check-list of species which have been reported within the boundaries of the Park and Lake. This survey is expected to take at least a couple of years. In September 2009, Lake Conestee Nature Park was designated an "Important Bird Area" by the South Carolina Audubon Society - in large part because of the significant overwintering population of Rusty Blackbirds.

The Greenville County Bird Club conducts a morning bird-walk on the 3rd Saturday of every month. See the Outings page for details. Also, individual members who bird at the park on their own are invited to submit information for the species list, thus increasing the number of observation days.

For more information about the park including an overview site map with surface streets, visit the park website at See the link below for a park trail map. In November, 2010 Lake Conestee Nature Park was declared a globally important bird area by the Audubon Society: IBA report 

Members, please report sightings of species not already on the current published list to our group e-mail at (This group e-mail address is only open to GCBC members.)

acrobat logoLake Conestee Nature Park trail map   Updated April 2016

acrobat logoSpecies Checklist, Updated August 31, 2017 (pdf format)

Excel logoSpecies Checklist, Updated August 31, 2017 (Excel format)

Excel logoRusty Blackbird Records