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Expeditions and Travels, shorebird conservation, South Carolina, sustainable land use

jobs, shorebirds and a sunny day on a South Carolina beach

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The crew heading out to Deveaux Bank, SCThe noonday sun bathed us with early but welcome warmth while we sat behind a dune on Deveaux Bank, SC. A gentle breeze kept us cool while we waited for the tide to rise and shrink the island where three thousand red knots roosted. The Atlantic ocean sprawled in all directions, the Islands of Seabrook and Kiawah within sight a few miles off. Inevitably the tide would force the knots onto the intertidal flat before us, where we had set a cannon net several hours earlier.The crew setting the net was a mixed bag of characters such as, photographer/author, an English micro biologist, three biologists from the USFWS, including Melissa Bimbi, the southern lead on the listing of the red knot. The…

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Bird Study, conservation, South Carolina

Our expedition to capture Kiawah Island knots

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We just returned from an “expedition” to Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  Kiawah is a resort for the wealthy that was originally developed during the period when I worked at University of Clemson facility at the Barnard Beruch winter plantation in 1974-76.  Then the South Carolina Coast was mostly working class with resorts centered at Myrtle Beach and Charleston.  Now it is like most of the Atlantic coast, a property of the rich.  Kiawah is one of the wealthiest islands on the east coast. The island is essentially a gated, planned community ten times the size of Wildwood NJ.  But unlike…

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