Untamed Lowcountry

  • Blinded alligator removed from BJWSA reservoir

    Posted by Staff reports on September 15, 2014

    Joe Maffo, owner of Critter Management, brought an alligator with no visible signs of elliptical pupils in either eye to The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette's Bluffton office on Sept. 5, 2014. Maffo estimated the 7-foot-long, female alligator was about 20 years old. Maffo didn't know how long the alligator was without eyesight, but said he didn't feel as bad about putting down an alligator that could no longer see.

    A 7-foot blind alligator was retrieved from the reservoir at the main Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority treatment plant Monday afternoon.

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  • Alligator without eyesight captured in Okatie area

    Posted on September 15, 2014

    Joe Maffo, owner of Critter Management, brought an alligator with no visible signs of elliptical pupils in either eye to The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette's Bluffton office on Sept. 5, 2014. Maffo estimated the 7-foot-long, female alligator was about 20 years old. Maffo didn't know how long the alligator was without eyesight, but said he didn't feel as bad about putting down an alligator that could no longer see.

    Joe Maffo, owner of Critter Management, brought an alligator with no visible signs of elliptical pupils in either eye to The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette's Bluffton office on Sept. 5, 2014. Maffo estimated the 7-foot-long, female alligator was about 20 years old. Maffo didn't know how long the alligator was without eyesight, but said he didn't feel as bad about putting down an alligator that could no longer see.

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  • Coastal Discovery Museum plans renovations, new exhibits

    Posted by DAN BURLEY on September 14, 2014

    Several exhibits planned for a Hilton Head Island museum would serve as an introduction to Lowcountry ecology for many out-of-town visitors, according to executive director Rex Garniewicz.

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  • Activities planned at wildlife refuges

    Posted by IslandPacket on September 13, 2014

    A day of free activities is planned at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11 in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week.

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  • National study of birds should hit home in the Lowcountry

    Posted by DAVID LAUDERDALE on September 11, 2014

    One hundred years after the extinction of the passenger pigeon, the top bird-science and conservation groups in the nation have come together to publish The State of the Birds 2014—the most comprehensive review of long-term trend data for U.S. birds ever conducted.

    A national "State of the Birds" report this week has a strong message for the Lowcountry: Land conservation works.

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  • Untamed Lowcountry readers-submitted gallery week of Sept. 8

    Posted on September 12, 2014

    Steve Auld took this photo of a red-shouldered hawk in late August at the back of my home in Hilton Head Plantation, near the 15th fairway of the Oyster Reef golf course. "Across from the rear of my home, besides the 15th fairway, is the Whooping Crane Conservancy. This beautiful bird has taken-up residence in our backyard for hunting prey and can be seen on a fairly regular basis," Auld wrote.

    This week's gallery includes manatees, a spectacular hawk photo and a squirrel practicing for Halloween. If you have photos you'd like to appear in an upcoming Untamed Lowcountry gallery of reader-submitted photos, email your jpeg images to Managing Editor Jeff Kidd at jkidd@beaufortgazette.com. You must own rights to the images you submit and agree to allow us to publish them.

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