Untamed Lowcountry

  • Record number of storks nest in SC, including many in Beaufort County

    Posted by BRUCE SMITH on November 27, 2014

    This June 3, 2011 photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources shows an adult wood stork and a chick in a rookery near Charleston, S.C. Scientists say a record number of wood stork nests were recorded in South Carolina during 2014.

    CHARLESTON -- South Carolina is playing a key role in the resurgence of the American wood stork as a record number of nests were recorded in the state this year.

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  • Rare geese make unusual -- and deadly -- stop in the Lowcountry

    Posted by SARAH BOWMAN on November 24, 2014

    A Ross's Goose photographed in the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

    When avid birdwatcher Carol Clemens had a chance to see a rare species -- one that usually migrates only along the West Coast -- just 45 minutes from her Hilton Head Island home, she couldn't pass it up.

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  • 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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