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Birding the Lowcountry

Program Number: 20959RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/23/2014 - 2/28/2014; 11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014; 3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Knowles Island, South Carolina
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Bring your binoculars for an adventure that’s perfect for novice birders. South Carolina’s Lowcountry, woven with salt marshes, blackwater swamps and hardwood forests, is a veritable haven for more than 250 bird species, including endangered species, threatened species and species of concern. Learn birding techniques, then hone them as you observe birds during migration along the Atlantic Flyway. Spot shorebirds, raptors, songbirds and other seasonal travelers on field trips to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Bear Island and Pinckney Island. Possible species include White Pelicans, Prothonotary Warblers, Purple Gallinules, Wood Storks and others.




Highlights

• Search for the protected Red-cockaded Woodpecker during an excursion to the Webb Wildlife Center.
• Enjoy special field trips to Botany Bay and the research site at Nemours Plantation.
• Savor the cuisine of the Lowcountry as you enjoy an oyster roast, Lowcountry Boil, Hoppin’ John and more.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 2-3 miles over uneven terrain; standing for several hours at a time. Please note that this program features a 13:2 participant to instructor ratio.



So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1.




Date Specific Information

2-23-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by LifeTides Institute.




Knowles Island

The freshwater Broad River flows past stands of live oaks into salty tidal marshes in this region of South Carolina’s Low Country off the southern-most tip of the state. This serene island attracts naturalists, birders and artists with miles of wooded and marshland trails and more than 250 species of birds.



Accommodations
Charming shared cottages on Knowles Island with porch, kitchen.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Elizabeth Anderegg

A graduate of the College of Charleston, Elizabeth Anderegg is a lifelong canoeist who discovered kayaking when her two daughters grew older and preferred their boating independence. Since 2006, she has served as a kayak and birding expert for Nature Adventures Outfitters. Now an ACA Kayak Instructor and a South Carolina Master Naturalist, Elizabeth brings to Road Scholar her love of nature and the outdoors, and her love of sharing these with others.
 
Bill Hamel

Bill Hamel is an engineer by trade who became a volunteer by vocation. An instructor for the Oscher Lifelong Learning Institute at USC-Beaufort, Bill is a field naturalist who teaches a popular course on the ecology of the Lowcountry. In addition, he is a member of the “Pinckney Nine,” an award-winning team of volunteers at the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Bill also loves to kayak, and leads students on adventures into swamps, marshes, or forests in pursuit of both flora and fauna.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Palm Key community of cottages
  Palm Key community of cottages 5 nights
 Palm Key community of cottages
Type: Other
  Description: Just 15 minutes from I-95, our Palm Key community nestles on a marsh island near the headwaters of the Broad River. Knowles Island (formerly Deloss) is a Lowcountry masterpiece. At 350 acres, Knowles is the largest island of the area's chain of salt marsh islands, or Keys. Historically part of Roseland Plantation, Knowles Island today is serene and natural: salt breezes waft through Spanish moss hanging from massive live oaks. Today, 750 acres of protected salt marsh flora and aquatic inhabitants surround us. We are, in fact, spoiled: over the course of the year, a visitor might encounter 250 species of birds in the area. Palm Key’s nature trails give visitors the opportunity to encounter all sorts of wildlife in the nearby woods.
  Contact info: 330 Coosaw Way #46
Ridgeland, SC 29936 USA
phone: 843-726-5565
web: jan.schatz@lifetides.org
  Room amenities: Road Scholars share beautifully decorated 2, 3, 4, or 5-bedroom cottages, all with private baths. Linens are provided, but there is no maid or laundry service. Wide porches invite scholars to relax with a book in the swing or chat with others over drinks. Inside, the open floor plans encourage conversation and visiting. Each air-conditioned cottage has a friendly, open living room and full-sized kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, and coffee maker (bring your favorite coffee). Cottages have washers and dryers, so Scholars can pack light if they bring laundry soap! Large bedrooms have two comfortable queen-sized beds and private bath with plush towels. (Toiletries are not provided.) If you blow dry your hair, you’ll want to bring a hair dryer. All cottages have ceiling fans, comfortable furniture, local art, and large windows. Palm Key’s cottages have been designed to encourage visitors to look out—to live oaks covered in Spanish moss, to the sun rising over the Broad River marsh, to birds flying over the pond. Note: Most cottages have steps, but if you have special needs, please contact us. Our cottages have no TV’s or telephones to lure you away to the world you left behind. Wireless internet is intermittent. Not all cell phones will have reception throughout Palm Key; Verizon appears to have the fewest dropped calls. Contact LifeTides Institute (843-726-5565 or jjschatz46@gmail.com) if you have special needs.
  Facility amenities: Ours is a casual community focused on the peaceful enjoyment of nature. Arranged around our private paved-and-gravel drive are luxury-home style cottages that offer a great place to relax after a full day of activities. Wide porches invite scholars to unwind with a book in the swing or chat with others over drinks. Inside, the open floor plans encourage conversation and visiting. Delicious meals are served buffet-style in one of the cottages, and special dietary needs are sure to be accommodated. Preference is given to organic and local ingredients. We specialize in lowcountry cooking, serve up lots of vegetables and salads, and try to keep in mind that active scholars have healthy appetites but often have to watch their salt intake and cholesterol. Vegetarians are well taken care of. These accommodations are anything but rustic--scholars come again and again just to stay here and enjoy our food! Note: those who wish to enjoy adult beverages while here may wish to bring those when they come, as Palm Key is a number of miles from shops and stores.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Discounted from regular rate. We would love to have you stay before or after your program to enjoy more of what the Palm Key community and the lowcountry have to offer. We can make suggestions of activities (in fact, we may be able to arrange a special event for a group of interested Scholars), or you may just enjoy resting up. Either way, we'd be glad to assist you and hope you'll consider extending your stay. Contact LifeTides Institute: 843-726-5565 or jjschatz46@gmail.com for dates, pricing, and arrangements.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Discounted from regular rate. We would love to have you stay before or after your program to enjoy more of what the Palm Key community and the lowcountry have to offer. We can make suggestions of activities (in fact, we may be able to arrange a special event for a group of interested Scholars), or you may just enjoy resting up. Either way, we'd be glad to assist you and hope you'll consider extending your stay. Contact LifeTides Institute: 843-726-5565 or jjschatz46@gmail.com for dates, pricing, and arrangements.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration begins at 4:00 pm. You will be staying at Palm Key community of cottages that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after a delicious lowcountry breakfast. Check out by 11:00 AM. You will be staying at Palm Key community of cottages the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. To protect the community, participants will be required to sign a 'Hold Harmless' agreement when they arrive on site.
  Parking availability:
Free parking is available on site. If you are traveling with a trailer or camper, please check with Jan Schatz at jjschatz46@gmail.com or 843-726-5565.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Palm Key community of cottages
  Nearest city or town:  Ridgeland, SC, 29936
  Nearest highway: I-95
  Nearest airport:  Savannah International Airport, Savannah, GA
  From End of Program
  Location: Palm Key community of cottages
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Savannah International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
A Taxi Cab Co
phone: 843-524-4940
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies. Please call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 Minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 Miles

   

A Taxi Cab Co. generally charges around $75 for a one way trip from the airport to Palm key. He will take up to 7 passengers and luggage for the same price. If you'd like to share a vehicle with another Scholar, click on the Road Scholar Connection link (on the first page of the program, right above the program description) to post a note about sharing a cab ride

 

Savannah International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Rental Car Companies
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 Minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 Miles

   

Ground Transportation Information available from the Savannah Airport Website: www.savannahairport.com/quicklinks/ground_transportation/ Both shuttles and rental cars are available by reservation. If you'd like to share a vehicle with another Scholar, click on the Road Scholar Connection link (on the first page of the program, right above the program description) to post a note about sharing a car.

 
Driving Directions
  I-95 From I-95, take Exit 28. Turn East/southeast (towards Hilton Head) on to HWY 462. Go approximately 5 miles; turn left at the Palm Key billboard. Travel approx. 1.5 miles. Look for the Palm Key sign on a low white fence on the left. Turn left into Palm Key. Follow signs for check in.
Elevation Note: The community resides on Knowles Island (formerly Deloss), on the Broad River. It's lovely!

Equipment Requirements: You will want to bring your own binoculars and/or spotting scopes as well as birding guidebook, like Sibley's. Wear layers and shoes for walking over uneven terrain.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration, welcome, orientation
(Sunday, February 23)

Note: Activity Notes Check in, settle in, and meet the scholars sharing your cottage or lodge. An orientation to the week's activities will follow dinner.



   
 Afternoon: Arrive at Palm Key between 4:00-5:30 pm to check in and pick up program materials. Once you are settled into your room, meet the others who are sharing your cottage and enjoy a chat on the back porch. At 5:30 pm, meet and greet other participants at a little party before dinner.
 Dinner: You are probably hungry after traveling, so enjoy the first of our sumptuous lowcountry dinners, served at 6:00 pm. Join other scholars to compare notes about previous programs and follow up on earlier conversations. Don't miss the homemade dessert!
 Evening: After dinner, join us for a short orientation as the instructors share specific plans for the week and answer any questions you have about the program and facilities. We'll also talk about some of the birds you might expect to see this week and have a preview of the places we'll visit. But we know you're tired from traveling, so we'll be sure you get to bed at a reasonable hour!
   
Accommodations: Palm Key community of cottages
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Birding at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Pinckney Island NWR, Harris Neck NWR, Fish Haul Creek Park
(Monday, February 24)

Note: What a great day! Put on your walking shoes, grab your binoculars, Sibley's Guide, and sunscreen, and plan to see some really neat birds. NOTE: We will travel in the LifeTides Institute van to our various sites each day.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at 8:00 am. Fuel up on our sumptuous low country breakfast--you'll have an active day! Will it be grits and eggs? Or is it an oatmeal day? Come dressed for birding, and be sure to pack a delicious bag lunch from the lunch buffet.
 Morning: OK, breakfast over, it's time to get down to the business of birding. Appropriately dressed, well equipped with binoculars, bird ID book, and your water bottle, you're ready to visit several wildlife refuges. Be prepared to spend some quality time in the van discussing the birds we see. In addition, instructors will highlight the day's likely sightings: Grebes, Coots, Green Herons, and Bitterns, await you. Alligators and turtles, though not on your bird list, are still exciting to see!
 Lunch: Lunch is a picnic, prepared by us from the delicious lunch buffet at breakfast. Did you make a sandwich out of whole-grain bread? Or choose trail mix, nuts, and fruit? Or both? Whatever you fixed, you'll enjoy it while we talk about what we've seen and what we hope to see.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the beauty of the refuges as we bird from one place to another. Everyone's eager, but we're being polite and letting everyone take a look through our spotting scopes. Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge is a former plantation made up of a wide variety of land types: salt marsh, forestland, brushland, fallow field and freshwater ponds. These habitats support a diversity of bird and plant life. On Pinckney, we have the opportunity to see waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, raptors, neo-tropical migrants, white-tailed deer, and alligators. The area is rich in white ibis, herons, and egrets. If you want help extra help with bird ID, just let our instructors know--they are always happy to help and share their knowledge!
 Dinner: Back on site, showered, and relaxed, at 6:30, we'll enjoy a leisurely lowcountry dinner. Will it be salmon patties and collard greens? Or savory southern barbecue? Whatever the menu, you'll surely enjoy it!
 Evening: After dinner, join us for one of our popular evening programs. We always try to offer you the opportunity to use your brain cells after supper--as well as relax, have some fun, and learn more about the lowcountry.
   
Accommodations: Palm Key community of cottages
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Birding at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, Donnelly WMA, and Bennett’s Point
(Tuesday, February 25)

Note: We'll take the van to more wonderful birding sites today--these complementary sites will give you a chance to hone your bird-identifying skills.



   
 Breakfast: Start the morning out right with a delicious low country breakfast at 8:00 am. Is today the day you'll try grits? Or is fruit and toast more your style? Be sure to fill your plate: you'll need energy for today's outing! And don't forget, you'll want to pack your lunch before making your final preparations for the morning's birding extravaganza.
 Morning: We're visiting some gems today: Bear Island is recognized as one of the best birding areas of the state. Besides a wide variety of year-round common and migratory species who are regularly here, Bear Island and Bennett’s Point have been known to host a number of rare birds: Roseate Spoonbill, Black Rail, American Avocet, Hudsonian Godwit, etc. Who knows what birds we might see?
 Lunch: Today we enjoy a bag lunch--did you bring a boiled egg and craisins or a turkey and cheese sandwich? We hope you picked up a homemade cookie at the buffet this morning!
 Afternoon: This afternoon is a continuation of the morning--birding by foot, by eye, by ear. Keep a snack out of your lunch to enjoy during the mid-afternoon--you'll be glad you did!
 Dinner: At 6:30, we'll enjoy another lovely lowcountry meal--maybe pork chops tonight, with black-eyed pea salad! Swap stories about the day's adventures with your table-mates, and don't forget the dessert!
 Evening: This evening, join us for a program on South Carolina's lowcountry and its history and culture. The LifeTides Institute is known for its engaging presenters and interesting programs. Whatever it is, you don't want to miss it.
   
Accommodations: Palm Key community of cottages
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: More birding! Today we're off to Ernest F. Hollings NWR, Botany Bay WMA Heritage Preserve, and Nemours Plantation Wildlife Foundation
(Wednesday, February 26)

Note: We've all been seeing some great birds--and today will be no exception! What new birds will make their way to our group list today?



   
 Breakfast: As always, be sure to fuel up with a delicious lowcountry breakfast. Don't forget to prepare your bagged lunch for later!
 Morning: Load up the van! And listen up when the instructors review what birds we're keeping an eye out for today. It's time to head out to Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Reserve. The reserve is named for Senator Fritz Hollings,who was long a supporter and legislator for conservation. The Reserve protects "the largest undeveloped estuary along the Atlantic Coast." Then, later, if access is allowed, we'll continue on to Botany Bay, where access is restricted.
 Lunch: We'll have a healthy picnic lunch on our outing. Was it turkey today? Or organic peanut butter? Soy nuts or craisins? There's something for everyone.
 Afternoon: Free time! Do some birding on your own, enjoy some leisure time at Palm Key, or go exploring. But you won't want to be gone at suppertime!
 Dinner: This evening, we'll meet for another lovely lowcountry meal--maybe shrimp and grits, or barbeque ribs and the fixings. You will have worked up an appetite today!
 Evening: This evening, join us for a program on South Carolina's lowcountry and its history and culture. The LifeTides Institute is known for its engaging presenters and interesting programs.
   
Accommodations: Palm Key community of cottages
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: More searching for birds! And this time, we'll explore Webb Wildlife Center and the Tillman Sand Ridge Heritage Preserve.
(Thursday, February 27)

Note: Webb Wildlife Center, our first stop, is the home of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, who nests in the Longleaf Pines there. In the afternoon, there's a surprise a little closer to the ground.



   
 Breakfast: What will it be this morning? Ham and eggs? Homemade bread? Or maybe a bowl of fruit? But don't be late: we have a busy day ahead! (Don't forget to pack your lunch.)
 Morning: After breakfast we all load up in the van and travel to Webb Wildlife Center. Why would we want to go there? Well, Webb Wildlife Center contains longleaf pine forest, the preferred habitat of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, a jewel in this program’s crown. This morning, Scholars will bird in hardwood forest, blackwater swamp, and the aforesaid longleaf pine forest.
 Lunch: Once again, we'll picnic on our outing--what did you choose today? Whatever it is, it's sure to be healthy and delicious.
 Afternoon: We continue the fun into the mid-afternoon. This is a full and active day, but it's not over yet. This afternoon, we'll visit our first sand ridge habitat.
 Dinner: Dinner begins early tonight with an old-timey Oyster Roast! Come join us at 6:00 as we steam fresh, local oysters over an open fire. Don't know how to open oysters? You can learn by doing--and eating. And then--it's time for another lowcountry dinner! Please turn in your lanyards and name tags tonight when you come for supper.
 Evening: After dinner, you won’t want to miss the wrap-up party. This is our last evening, and we can’t let it go by without doing it up special. Everyone will find something to enjoy as we share highlights from the week. You don’t want to miss this--but to tell you more right now would be to spoil it! If you brought one with you, do bring your musical instrument to our gathering spot.
   
Accommodations: Palm Key community of cottages
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast, packing up, and last goodbyes.
(Friday, February 28)

Note: Our final breakfast together--if you haven't tried grits yet, this is the day! Make plans to come back to see us. Please return your name tags and lanyards so that we can reuse them.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00, and your last chance for grits! If you haven’t tried them yet, you just have to have some today. You’ll want to eat hardily, as today you will be packing up and leaving us for wherever your road takes you. (Please return your name tags and lanyards before you leave us.)
 Morning: This morning, after telling parting stories, asking questions, issuing invitations, or listening to one more joke from you-know-who, it’s off to pack up and prepare for departure. We hope you’ll stay in the area and do some more exploring—and/or birding--ask the staff for recommendations and directions. We’d love to share more of South Carolina and the lowcountry with you!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Palm Key community of cottages Beaufort, SC
A lovely riverfront city with historic Antebellum homes, a marina, shopping, walking and horse-and-wagon tours, and a lovely park on the Beaufort River. For additional information, visit www.beaufortsc.org/
  Bluffton, SC
A small town with numerous art galleries, thrift stores, cafes (including a local favorite, the Squat and Gobble), and a lovely church on the bluff. On the way to Hilton Head Island. For additional information, visit www.bluffton.com/bluffton/bluffton.aspx
  Hilton Head Island, SC
Hilton Head Island is known for its golf courses, outlet malls, and attraction to tourists. Locals enjoy Signe's Bakery and numerous thrift stores chock-full of bargains. For additional information, visit www.hiltonheadisland.org/
  Hunting Island State Park
Hunting Island, one of South Carolina's most visited state parks, is a lovely place to spend some time walking on the beaches or cycling along the paved paths around the island. Many photographic opportunities. Check out the lighthouse, constantly in danger from erosion, erosion which is all-too-visible on the beaches, where the stark remains of fallen trees remind us of the ocean's power. For additional information, visit www.huntingisland.com/
  Penn Center
The Penn Center, on St. Helena Island, was one of the first schools for freed slaves after the Civil War. Today it stands to "promote and preserve the history and the culture of the Sea Islands" and is an important center for African American cultural and historic preservation. For additional information, visit www.penncenter.com/
  Savannah River Wildlife Refuge
The Refuge consists of "29,000 acres of freshwater marshes, tidal rivers and creeks and bottomland hardwoods" just ripe for exploration. On the Atlantic Flyway, the Refuge offers many opportunities to birders and animal-watchers to observe Its rich wildlife population. For additional information, visit www.fws.gov/savannah/
  Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia, just an hour away, is an important coastal city full of history and culture. (It's also the home of the bench Forrest Gump sat on.) Take a free ferry across the river; explore the shops and riverfront; take a carriage ride; relax in one of the many fine restaurants. For additional information, visit savannahvisit.com/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Coast for All Seasons: A Naturalist's Guide to the Coast of South Carolina


Author: Miles O. Hayes, Jacqueline Michel and Joseph M. Holmes


Description: From Book Description: "Explore the marvels of the South Carolina coast through the eyes of two gifted coastal geologists. Miles O. Hayes and Jacqueline Michel take their exceptional understanding of the Carolina coast with its barrier islands, estuaries and bays, and, offer rare insights into this beautiful, and, sometimes, treacherous world. Illustrations, photographs and satellite imagery enhance a narrative that presents hard science and makes it accessible and very human. This is a book that investigates the changing face of the coastline through erosion, hurricanes and climate change. This is a book that matters."



Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest


Author: Lawrence S. Earley


Description: Our Naturalist Bill Hamel says this is the “best all around for naturalists and history lovers.” Longleaf pine forests are a special ecosystem and home to the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker. From Book Description: "Covering 92 million acres from Virginia to Texas, the longleaf pine ecosystem was, in its prime, one of the most extensive and biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. Today these magnificent forests have declined to a fraction of their original extent, threatening such species as the gopher tortoise, the red-cockaded woodpecker, and the Venus fly-trap. Conservationists have proclaimed longleaf restoration a major goal, but has it come too late? In Looking for Longleaf, Lawrence S. Earley explores the history of these forests and the astonishing biodiversity of the longleaf ecosystem, drawing on extensive research and telling the story through first-person travel accounts and interviews with foresters, ecologists, biologists, botanists, and landowners. For centuries, these vast grass-covered forests provided pasture for large cattle herds, in addition to serving as the world's greatest source of naval stores. They sustained the exploitative turpentine and lumber industries until nearly all of the virgin longleaf had vanished. Looking for Longleaf demonstrates how, in the twentieth century, forest managers and ecologists struggled to understand the special demands of longleaf and to halt its overall decline. The compelling story Earley tells here offers hope that with continued human commitment, the longleaf pine might not just survive, but once again thrive."



Nature Guide to the Carolina Coast: Common Birds, Crabs, Shells, Fish, and other Entities of the Coastal Environment (2nd edition)


Author: Peter Meyer


Description: Copied from Book Description: "Nature Guide to the Carolina Coast, second edition, is a completely updated, revised, and expanded version of the book originally published in 1991. It is a practical, entertaining, reader-friendly guide to the common animals, plants, and environment of the Carolina coast. Fully illustrated, with over 150 color photographs to aid with identification of over 120 subjects, plus additional drawings with in-depth information on each subject. Scientifically accurate, yet written in language the lay public can understand. It is a perfect resource for coastal residents and visitors along the North Carolina/South Carolina, and even the Georgia coast. A beachcomber's handbook; valuable to any seaside explorer."



Sibley's Birding Basics


Author: David Sibley


Description: A great resource for the beginning birder, this small handbook is a nice complement to Sibley's larger guidebooks. Through text and illustrations, the author helps new birders understand birding terminology and develop their observation skills when in the field. Birding Basics teaches readers how to look for specific details that differentiate species as well as gender and age. In addition, the book discusses weather, birding gear, and seasons. Any birder can benefit from a study of this book.



South Carolina Naturalists: An Anthology, 1700-1860


Author: David Taylor and Rudy Mancke


Description: “This volume illuminates the wealth and significance of antebellum natural history studies in South Carolina and the state's natural diversity,” says the product description; our Bill Hamel notes that it’s “great all around for naturalists and history lovers.”



The Prince of Tides


Author: Pat Conroy


Description: Pat Conroy's novel captures the beauty of the lowcountry as it moves from present to past and back again. Made into a movie by the same title starring Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte. Narrated by Tom Wingo, the novel explores the relationships between members of a dysfunctional family as it moves between the lowcountry to Manhattan. Shrimping, good description of salt marshes.



The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America


Author: David Sibley


Description: THE standard field guide to birds. Easy to use, good illustrations, range maps with each bird. Instructor may be making reference to this guide by page number.



The Spirit of Sweetgrass


Author: Nicole Seitz


Description: Seitz's main character is Essie Mae Laveau Jenkins, a Gullah sweetgrass basketmaker who weaves her magic on the roadside near Mt. Pleasant. With her special love baskets, she works to brings people together. Conflict ensues when her daughter wants her to go to a rest home, and the florist she's been trying to fix up turns out to be gay. Sweetgrass making, roadside basket sellers in the Charleston area, mystery, comedy, family relationships, friends.



The Water is Wide


Author: Pat Conroy


Description: Pat Conroy's memoir about teaching on Daufuskee Island in a one-room schoolhouse. The book was made into the movie Conrack, starring Jon Voight. Sense of place and people. Product Description from publisher: The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence--unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher. Here is PAT CONROY'S extraordinary drama based on his own experience: the true story of a man who gave a year of his life to an island and the new life its people gave him.



Tideland Treasure


Author: Todd Balantine


Description: Our naturalist Bill Hamel says this is "a bible around here." Hand-drawn illustrations enhance the explanations. Each page was once an article in the local paper. Written for regular folks, there's information to satisfy trained naturalists.





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