A photo by Patricia Roche of Bluffton, depicting a great blue heron at Hunting Island State Park, has been selected for the cover of the 2013 Beaufort County Land Preservation Calendar.
The 2013 calendar theme is "Beaufort County Birds and their Habitats" and is intended to show how the county's land-preservation program benefits wildlife, people, the environment, waterways and the local economy, according to a news release.
Other photographers whose work was selected for the calendar were Fran Baer of Hilton Head Island, Tom Brady of Dataw Island, Bill Bosley of Hilton Head Island, Ed Crenshaw of Hilton Head, Richard de Asla of Bluffton, Richard Henry of Callawassie Island, Sue Jarrett of Beaufort, Zeke Jordan of Hilton Head, Ed Kelly of Oldfield Plantation, Chris Kirk of St. Helena Island (two wining photos), Joanne Long of Bluffton, David Shipper of Beaufort and Mary Kay Taylor of Hilton Head.
The 2013 calendar will include pages for January and February 2014, which allows for two additional winning photos, which were selected by county administrator Gary Kubic.
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The calendar is being produced in partnership with three local Audubon clubs. Pete Richards, president of the Fripp Island Audubon Club, said birders represent the largest recreational group in the nation.
"Beaufort County offers some of the most diverse birding opportunities and unique habitats anywhere in America. Protecting habitat through land preservation is vital," Richards said in the county's release.
The calendar will sell for $15, and all proceeds benefit the County's Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program. To order, go to www.bcgov.net.