Untamed Lowcountry

  • Tracking the wild ponies of Little Horse Island

    Posted by SARAH BOWMAN on November 23, 2014

    In an attempt to control the herd of wild ponies to be self sufficient, workers will geld all the colts and introduce a reproductive vaccine to all the Mares as well as ID each horse and give each horse an examination looking at their overall health. Being a small isolated herd of ponies they have some disadvantages.  The herd hasn't had any opportunities to introduce new genetics to the herd. The hope is that now the herd can focus on nutrition and developmental issues opposed to reproduction year after year.  Concerns and recent events — one pony was struck and killed by a car last month when it wandered from the marsh — have propelled the community into action. Unable and unwilling to accept a Little Horse Island without the ponies, they are working to protect and preserve this Beaufort County treasure.

    Volunteers fight to preserve wild marsh pony population in Beaufort County.

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  • PHOTO: Music To Your Mouth Festival

    Posted on November 22, 2014

    Jae Pitts, pastry cook at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, right, re-stocks The Bacon Forest as festival-goers enjoy freshly cooked bacon and pancake bacon shortbread cookies hanging from clothespins during the Palmetto Bluff's Music To Your Mouth Festival on November 22, 2014.

    Palmetto Bluff's Music To Your Mouth Festival on November 22, 2014.

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  • PHOTO: Tracking the marsh ponies of Little Horse Island

    Posted on November 21, 2014

    A pony eats marsh grass from the sand flats surrounding Little Horse Island on November 7, 2014.  Wayne Webb, FormerÊowner of Little Horse Island , S.C., Venaye Reece McGlashan, Retired state veterinarian andÊSt. Helena Island , S.C. resident, and her husband David McGlashan, St. Helena Island , S.C. resident, not pictured, are attempting to identify all the ponyÕs as either a colt or mares before holding the gelding and vaccination day along with volunteers and the states veterinarians office.  In an attempt to control the herd of wild ponies to be self sufficient, workers will be gelding all the colts and introduce a reproductive vaccine to all the Mares as well as ID each horse and give each horse an overall examination looking at their overall health. Being a small isolated herd of ponies they have some disadvantages.  The herd hasn't had any opportunities to introduce new genetics to the herd. The hope is that now the herd can focus on nutrition and developmental issues opposed to reproduction year after year.  Concerns and recent events Ñ one pony was struck and killed by a car last month when it wandered from the marsh Ñ have propelled the community into action. Unable and unwilling to accept a Little Horse Island without the ponies, they are working to protect and preserve this Beaufort County treasure.

    In an attempt to control the herd of wild ponies to be self sufficient, workers have gelded all the colts and introduced a reproductive vaccine to all the Mares as well as identifying each horse and giving each horse an examination looking at their overall health. Being a small isolated herd of ponies they have had some disadvantages. The herd hasn't had any opportunities to introduce new genetics to the herd. The hope is that now the herd can focus on nutrition and developmental issues opposed to reproduction year after year. Concerns and recent events — one pony was struck and killed by a car last month when it wandered from the marsh — have propelled the community into action. Unable and unwilling to accept a Little Horse Island without the ponies, they are working to protect and preserve this Beaufort County treasure.

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  • Untamed Lowcountry readers-submitted gallery week of Nov. 17

    Posted on November 21, 2014

    David Dahlke of Hilton Head Island submitted this photo of a variegated fritillary butterfly. The species is a bit less common to our area than the more widely seen gulf fritillary.

    Often, the sight of a bald eagle will send other bird species fleeing for cover. However, this week's Untamed Lowcountry gallery of submitted photos includes a pair of birds bathing with our national symbol. If you have images you'd like to submit for publication in a future Untamed Lowcountry gallery, email your jpeg images to Managing Editor Jeff Kidd at jkidd@beaufortgazette.com. You must own rights to the photos you submit and grant us permission to publish them.

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  • Untamed Lowcountry readers-submitted photos and videos

    Posted by JEFF KIDD on November 20, 2014

    David Dahlke of Hilton Head Island submitted this photo of a variegated fritillary butterfly. The species is a bit less common to our area than the more widely seen gulf fritillary.

     With cold weather's arrival and only a few photo submissions from Untamed Lowcountry readers this week, I'm supplementing the usual photo gallery with a few videos from frequent contributor Karen Marts of Hilton Head Island.

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  • The weekend -- and the ACE Basin -- are beckoning

    Posted by JEFF KIDD on November 20, 2014

    Swampy land as seen at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area on Oct. 24, 2014 in the ACE Basin.

    Readers are enthusiastic about the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the ACE Basin Project , and with temperatures expected to rise this weekend, the weather should allow folks to get out and enjoy what nature made and man has preserved.

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