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Birding By Kayak in the Lowcountry

Program Number: 14337RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/15/2015 - 3/20/2015; 11/8/2015 - 11/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Knowles Island, South Carolina
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding; Water Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Explore South Carolina’s Lowcountry by kayak and on foot through salt marshes, swamps, river deltas and barrier beaches. Whether a beginner or intermediate birder, learn strategies for identification as you practice in the field. Some 250 species of interesting and rare birds can be found here, such as the Painted Bunting, Bald Eagle, American Oystercatcher, Anhinga and Wood Stork. Paddle into the Night Heron’s natural habitat, kayak through historic rice canals and walk into stands of longleaf pine to seek the Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Discover the beautiful Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge and bird beneath draping Spanish moss.




Highlights

• Spot an array of species at the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge as you go birding by kayak or on foot.
• Search for Grebes, Coots, Green Herons and more during a field trip to the Savannah River Wildlife Refuge.
• Paddle to the salt marsh for an opportunity to spot dolphins and learn about their role in local folklore.



Activity Particulars

Kayaking up to five miles a day.



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.



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.
 
Michael Smalls

Michael Smalls has been coiling native sweetgrass baskets since he was an eight-year-old boy, learning this rare craft at his great-grandmother's knee. His great-grandmother created baskets to sell in the Charleston Market; today, her great-grandson is an artist at the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce's Welcome Center. Participants can watch Michael use his "nail bone" to push palmetto strips through sweetgrass to create his baskets, and talk with him about his art and its history.
 
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:
Check in starting at 4 PM at Palm Key community of cottages, Ridgeland, SC 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.
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 South Carolina I-95, take Exit 28 (Coosawhatchie). Turn East/southeast (towards Hilton Head) on to HWY 462. Go approximately 5 miles; turn left at the billboard that is navy blue and says Independence Center at Palm Key. Travel approximately 1.5 miles. Look for the Palm Key sign on a low white fence on the left. Turn left into Palm Key and follow our signs to the check-in. You will be arriving at cottage number 49.
Elevation Note: The community resides on Knowles Island (formerly Deloss), on the Broad River. It's lovely!

Equipment Requirements: LifeTides Institute supplies all necessary boating equipment--kayaks, PFD’s, and paddles. If you have your own kayak, PFD, and/or paddle and would like to have it with you or believe it would add to your happiness over the week, do bring it along! Some participants prefer to use their own equipment, and that’s all right with us. You will want to bring your own binoculars and/or spotting scopes.
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, March 15)

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 dessert buffet!
 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 find out about the boats and gear we'll be using on the water. 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: On-site instruction and discussion, afternoon paddle
(Monday, March 16)

Note: After a morning on site, we'll venture off site for a kayaking trip after lunch. NOTE: This day's schedule is a likely one; because of tides and weather during your program, some changes may be necessary for the group's safety or convenience.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at 8:00 am. Fuel up on our sumptuous low country breakfast--you'll have an active day! In the mood for grits and eggs? Or is it an oatmeal day? Come dressed for kayaking.
 Morning: We're off! Now we get down to the business of kayaking and birding. Before we hit the water, though, we'll have a discussion of kayak safety, strokes, and techniques. In addition, instructors will highlight the day's likely sightings.
 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 salt marsh as you paddle with the current. We may encounter egrets, herons, wood storks, and possibly a bald eagle. Paddle close to the pluff mud to see little fiddler crabs and periwinkles. Listen out for the elusive clapper rail. If you want help on kayaking strokes, just let our instructors know--they are always happy to help you paddle more efficiently, so you can save your energy for birding!
 Dinner: Back on site, showered, and relaxed, it's time to enjoy a leisurely lowcountry dinner served at 6:00 pm. Will it be rosemary chicken and brown rice? Or long-simmered roast beef with salad? Or savory southern barbecue? Whatever the menu, you'll surely enjoy it!
 Evening: After dinner, join us for one of our popular evening programs--Jody Tinsley's Exploring South Carolina by Map, for example. 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: Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge: afloat, afoot
(Tuesday, March 17)

Note: We'll take the van to lovely Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge, where we'll paddle half the day, then bird by foot during the other half. A picnic lunch will come between the activities. NOTE: This day's schedule is a likely one; because of tides and weather during your program, some changes may be necessary for the group's safety or convenience.



   
 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? Choices abound, but 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 paddle.
 Morning: Depending on tide and weather, the morning may be paddling or birding by foot. But both activities take place on Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge, 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.
 Lunch: Today we enjoy a bag lunch--did you bring a boiled egg and craisins or a turkey and cheese sandwich? We hope you pick up a homemade cookie at the buffet this morning!
 Afternoon: Depending on tide or weather, the afternoon's activity may be kayaking or birding by foot. 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.
 Dinner: At 6:00, we'll enjoy another lovely lowcountry meal--maybe fish 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: Exploration of the Donnelly and Bear Island Wildlife Management Areas--lots of birds are in store for us!
(Wednesday, March 18)

Note: We'll be afoot and afloat again today as we explore these complementary sites rich in birds. Ducks, Anhinga, terns, woodpeckers, warblers--we'll have fun identifying them. NOTE: This day's schedule is a likely one; because of tides and weather during your program, some changes may be necessary for the group's safety or convenience.



   
 Breakfast: As always, be sure to fuel up with a delicious lowcountry breakfast, beginning at 8:00 am. Whether you are trying grits for the first time or slathering jelly on enormous biscuits, you'll be happy you woke up in time for this meal!
 Morning: After breakfast we all load up in the van and travel to the Savannah River Wildlife Refuge. This is mostly a driving tour. Alligators and turtles, though not on your bird list, are still a welcome sight. Grebes, coots, green herons, bitters, await you.
 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: We'll take our time at Donnelly and Bear Island; when we return, you might be ready for a book and a porch swing, a walk on the marsh-side nature trail, or a nap before dinner.
 Dinner: At 6:00, 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. Likely topics include sweetgrass baskets or a visit from Miss Emma Brown.
   
Accommodations: Palm Key community of cottages
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Paddle some more and continue the hunt for birds! And who knows--we may even find a dolphin.
(Thursday, March 19)

Note: Be prepared for paddling today; it's our last day out, so we'll want to make it a good one, full of interesting sightings.



   
 Breakfast: What will it be this morning? Ham and eggs? Breakfast salad? Homemade bread? Or maybe a bowl of fruit? Every day, you can have something different. But don't be late: breakfast begins at 8:00, and we have a busy day ahead! (Don't forget to pack your lunch.)
 Morning: Today we'll paddle from a freshwater black river all the way to the salt marsh. Other than Hooded Merganser and Anhingas, there's a chance we'll see dolphins. No, they can't go on your life list as a bird species... Local folklore going way back in lowcountry history is full of stories of dolphins entertaining and helping fishermen and sailors. Our seasoned guides will be there to make this a great time for all (including the dolphins) while we paddle this lovely waterway. Note the old rice trunks left over from rice cultivation once so prevalent in the area.
 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.
 Dinner: Dinner begins early tonight with an old-timey Oyster Roast! Come join us at 5:00 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!
 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 over dessert (if you still have room). 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, March 20)

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. And yes, you’ll find the usual delectable buffet of eggs, bacon or ham, fruit, delicious bread, oatmeal, cereal—whatever your stomach desires! You’ll want to eat hardily, as today you will be packing up and leaving us for wherever your road takes you. (Please submit your evaluations and turn in 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 kayaking--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


"The Swamp Fox"


Author: Amy Crawford


Description: Here's the link to this article about one of the most famous Revolutionary War heroes in SC, and one for whom counties and cities are named. Francis Marion used his knowledge of the swamps and woods of SC and his attention to details to outwit British troops and earn his nickname. A poor speller, he was nonetheless a great report-writer. www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/biography/fox.html



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."



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 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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