Untamed Lowcountry

  • Why does this alligator stand on its hind legs ... then jump?

    Posted by JEFF KIDD on August 18, 2014

    An alligator at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge jumps vertically to attack a white ibis chick.

    Karen Marts had just arrived at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge and was making a video of white ibis chicks sitting on their nests with their parents. As she shot, an alligator crept below branches to her left. It had the ibises in its sights, too.

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  • Alligator Attacks White Ibis Chick & Jumps Vertically at Pinckney Island

    Posted on August 18, 2014

    An alligator at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge jumps vertically to attack a white ibis chick.

    An alligator at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge jumps vertically to attack a white ibis chick.

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  • Harris Neck NWR played important role in wood storks' resurgence

    Posted by JEFF KIDD on August 14, 2014

    A wood stork flies over Harris Neck NWR. Wood storks were recently taken off the federal endangered species list, in a ceremony held at Harris Neck.

    Wood storks were so thick on the cyress boughs where they made their nests that Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge seemed to have been struck by a pop-up blizzard. Of course, the mid-summer heat melted that illusion during my visit there in early July, but the population on the refuge's Woody Pond was so large, it was nearly impossible to imagine wood storks were ever endangered.

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  • Harris Neck NWR

    Posted on August 14, 2014

    A wood stork flies over Harris Neck NWR. Wood storks were recently taken off the federal endangered species list, in a ceremony held at Harris Neck.

    Photos from Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, near Townsend, Ga.

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  • Hilton Head man strangles rabid raccoon during attack

    Posted by REBECCA LURYE on August 13, 2014

    A Hilton Head Island man attacked by a rabid raccoon last week was able to strangle the animal to death, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.

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  • Coastal Discovery Museum plans shorebird presentation Oct. 15

    Posted by Staff reports on August 12, 2014

    A ruddy turnstone and a purple sandpiper comb rocks on Folly Beach. Both species winter along the Lowcountry coast. The Coastal Discovery Museum will present a program on shorebirds and their habits on Oct. 15, 2014.

    Nicholas Wallover will give a presentation about shorebirds at 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.   Every year, tens of thousands of shorebirds descend in mass on South Carolina’s coast as part of migrations that span thousands of miles every year to nesting grounds as far as Alaska and the high Arctic, according to a museum news release. Many more will spend non-breeding months overwintering on our beaches, and a few species will nest along our coasts.      Those who attend Wallover's presentation can learn more about these birds and the role of communities in South Carolina in protecting this important part of our coastal heritage.     Wallover is the regional biologist for the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve and manager of the McKenzie Field Station at Bennett’s Point. This program is sponsored in part by the Kroger Foundation.   Cost is $7 (for ages 12 and older) and reservations are required by calling  843-689-6767,  extension, or online

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