Untamed Lowcountry

  • Introduction to birdwatching to be offered by Hilton Head Audubon

    Posted by JEFF KIDD on September 18, 2014

    A few days before the trip to Jarvis Creek Park, it had occurred to me how few little blue herons I had seen this year after photographing quite a few last summer. Well, lo and behold, not long after we started around the jogging path that circles the pond, we saw this fella, who let me creep within 30 feet or so to watch his fishing expedition.

    The Hilton Head Island Audubon Society will offer "Birding 101: An Introduction to Birding" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on four consecutive Saturday mornings at The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, starting Oct. 11 and concluding Nov. 1. The series is available to both members and non-members and is designed to help beginners learn to identify local birds.

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  • Blinded alligator removed from BJWSA reservoir

    Posted by Staff reports on September 15, 2014

    Joe Maffo, owner of Critter Management, brought an alligator with no visible signs of elliptical pupils in either eye to The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette's Bluffton office on Sept. 5, 2014. Maffo estimated the 7-foot-long, female alligator was about 20 years old. Maffo didn't know how long the alligator was without eyesight, but said he didn't feel as bad about putting down an alligator that could no longer see.

    A 7-foot blind alligator was retrieved from the reservoir at the main Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority treatment plant Monday afternoon.

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  • Alligator without eyesight captured in Okatie area

    Posted on September 15, 2014

    Joe Maffo, owner of Critter Management, brought an alligator with no visible signs of elliptical pupils in either eye to The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette's Bluffton office on Sept. 5, 2014. Maffo estimated the 7-foot-long, female alligator was about 20 years old. Maffo didn't know how long the alligator was without eyesight, but said he didn't feel as bad about putting down an alligator that could no longer see.

    Joe Maffo, owner of Critter Management, brought an alligator with no visible signs of elliptical pupils in either eye to The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette's Bluffton office on Sept. 5, 2014. Maffo estimated the 7-foot-long, female alligator was about 20 years old. Maffo didn't know how long the alligator was without eyesight, but said he didn't feel as bad about putting down an alligator that could no longer see.

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  • Coastal Discovery Museum plans renovations, new exhibits

    Posted by DAN BURLEY on September 14, 2014

    Several exhibits planned for a Hilton Head Island museum would serve as an introduction to Lowcountry ecology for many out-of-town visitors, according to executive director Rex Garniewicz.

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  • Activities planned at wildlife refuges

    Posted by IslandPacket on September 13, 2014

    A day of free activities is planned at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11 in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week.

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  • National study of birds should hit home in the Lowcountry

    Posted by DAVID LAUDERDALE on September 11, 2014

    One hundred years after the extinction of the passenger pigeon, the top bird-science and conservation groups in the nation have come together to publish The State of the Birds 2014—the most comprehensive review of long-term trend data for U.S. birds ever conducted.

    A national "State of the Birds" report this week has a strong message for the Lowcountry: Land conservation works.

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