Somebody's going to go home with a puppy -- a little blond Labrador retriever named Hoke.
Somebody's going to be pulling home a new camouflaged john boat.
Muddy Creek, a local band, will be playing live music when 400 people attend Saturday night's Bluffton-Hilton Head Ducks Unlimited Conservation Banquet at Pepper Hall Plantation in Okatie.
With this being the 36th annual banquet -- all of them held outside -- Ducks Unlimited can lay claim to one of the oldest and largest social events in southern Beaufort County.
"We're one of the largest chapters in South Carolina and in the top 100 in America in raising money for land conservation," said the president, Larry Muething of Bluffton. "From last year's banquet, we sent more than $50,000 to Ducks Unlimited."
The banquet is one of two very different events this week that illustrate how important wetland and waterfowl conservation is to the people of the Lowcountry.
On Friday, a partnership that since 2007 has conserved at least 50,000 acres in the Lowcountry will take time out to celebrate.
Its work centers around the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. The partners include the Spring Island Trust and the Nemours Wildlife Foundation in Beaufort County.
Leaders from Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the ACE Basin Task Force and a private landowner will participate in the celebration Friday at the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve center at Bennetts Point.
"The event is a celebration of one of the most successful partnerships in conservation history in the United States," said Craig Watson of the Fish & Wildlife Service office in Charleston.
Maria Whitehead of The Nature Conservancy's office in Charleston said it has worked with partners to secure eight, $1 million NAWCA grants and partnered on many more by providing matching dollars.
The cooperation in South Carolina earned a national award earlier this year. That, too, will be celebrated at Friday's event.
Watson said, "This event represents a celebration of the success of the ACE Basin Project, the South Atlantic Migratory Bird Initiative, and the success that conservation partners in South Carolina have achieved -- that of landscape-scale conservation and a model for conservation in North America, and without Ducks Unlimited at the helm and coordinating many of these efforts, this success would not have been possible."
That could be worthy of a toast, a bark by little Hoke, maybe even a shoutout from the Muddy Creek band at the Saturday night gala in greater Okatie.
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