Author Phillip Hoose will entertain guests with stories and songs about the life of red knot birds, which he chronicles in his book, “Moonbird,” during a benefit for the S.C. Wildlife Federation at 6 p.m. May 17 at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island.
During their migration each year from the southern tip of Argentina to the Canadian arctic, red knots stop along the Lowcountry coast and feast upon the eggs of horseshoe crabs during their annual spawn. One of these birds, which sports an orange band inscribed “B-95,” has earned the nickname "Moonbird" after flying more than 325,000 miles in its life during his long life of more than 20 years, according to a S.C. Wildlife Federation news release.
Hoose will tell about efforts to save the birds, whose populations are in decline.
The event will cost $20 per person and include a Lowcountry boil dinner catered by Sea Eagle Market. A cash bar also will be available. Proceeds will benefit the wildlife habitat-education and conservation programs of the S.C. Wildlife Federation. An optional historical tour of Penn Center will be offered at 4 p.m. for no additional charge.
Information: To attend, contact the federation’s director of education, Sara Green, at 803-609-4778. Sponsorship for this event also is available by calling Harley Carpenter at 803-256-0670.