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DNR seeks help finding abandoned crab traps

Abandoned crab traps in South Carolina's coastal waters can continue to catch and kill fish, crabs and other species like the diamondback terrapin, so the state is asking for help locating and removing them.

Abandoned crab traps can be recycled to create new oyster reefs, according to an S.C. Department of Natural Resources news release.

Traps may only be removed from the water by DNR staff, the release said. Unwanted crab traps may be donated by contacting crabtraps@dnr.sc.gov.

Information: Go to www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/crabtraps/index.html.

Last day to donate binoculars for Bahamian bird count

The Hilton Head Island Audubon Society is collecting binoculars and telescopes to mail to Bahamians working on a bird count.

The International Alliances Program of Audubon of the USA and the Bahamas National Trust are conducting a comprehensive shorebird survey, starting Jan. 24.

Drop off binoculars or scopes at Wild Birds Unlimited, near Publix in Festival Center on Hilton Head, by today. They will be packaged and mailed Monday, the release said.

Information: Contact Barry Lowes, Hilton Head Audubon, at 843-837-3537 or barlowe59@hotmail.com.

Soup Challenge set to benefit VIM

The 19th annual Lowcountry Soup Challenge to benefit the Volunteers in Medicine clinic will be noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Mall at Shelter Cove on Hilton Head Island.

A $15 ticket buys all the soup you can eat and the chance to cast a vote for the "people's choice" soup award. A panel of judges will pick the area's best chefs through a taste competition.

VIM merchandise will be available for purchase, including "The Lowcountry Soup Challenge" cookbooks and logo items.

Tickets may be purchased at the Soup Challenge when the mall doors open at noon or at Volunteers in Medicine starting this week.

Details: Call 843-689-6612, e-mail mmaxwell@vimclinic.org or go to www.vimclinic.org.

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