Art Show Saturday features both Charlie Evergreen Ceramics and Encore for “Coastal Colors” Exhibit

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Saturday night’s ceramics exhibit will share the gallery space with our outgoing exhibit.  The beginning of the month brought local artists Janie Ball and Elizabeth Middour to the gallery in the Huyler House.  Both plein air painters, Janie and Elizabeth did some painting on the island, and took scores of photographs to provide us with a great exhibit, and there are some beautiful works left if you’re looking for a holiday gift or a piece of Dewees to bring to your home in another city.

current exhibit with Elizabeth Middour and Janie Ball, Tom Jenkins, photographer

 

Elizabeth Middour and Janie Ball

For this weekend only, the paintings will frame the backdrop for a new exhibition of potter Charlie Evergreen.
Christie Drew, who has studied with Charlie, says this:
Its my great pleasure to guest post here on the Dewees Island Blog. I’m excited to introduce my friend Charlie Evergreen, a fellow ceramics artist working in Durham, NC. Charlie will be exhibiting in the Huyler House by invitation of the Dewees Island Arts Council starting November 4.
Charlie says “I’m happiest in life when I’m experimenting and learning, so I apply this to making art. To do so, I exercise control in my process, but intentionally leave part of the results to chance.”  The results are surprising and spectacular. Charlie makes both functional and sculptural art, all of which has an earthy, oceanic and sometimes otherworldly character.  You can preview the show from 4-6pm on Saturday November 4. And join us at  the opening reception to meet this vibrant ceramic artist starting at 6:30.

Keep your eye out for migrating warblers

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MIGRATION

what thoughts ramble
in the redstart’s brain
as the day draws closed
as dusk descends?
is it wormy fuel to lay on fat?
a steady southbound wind
perhaps it’s the flicker
of unseen light
the lure of tropical terrain
is it the flight plan hard-wired–
instinct etched in
by design not likely to change?
or does some warbler learned plan B
come into play
by circumstance rearrange?
fare thee well little bird
may stars bright guide you true
to thicket lush
past falcon’s hush
through dark skies inky blue
it’s my hope
that neither cat
nor glass
will spell your odyssey’s end
but that your tiny wings
some luck
some skill
will bring you back
to inspire me
once again.

My friend J. Drew Lanham is a professor of wildlife biology at Clemson University who is inspired by birds daily.  This poem is his musing on the redstart’s migration.  At this time of year, you never know which warblers you’ll find foraging in the oak trees near the landings building or along Dewees Inlet drive.  Keep an eye out for redstarts, which have been all over the island this week, and some of the warblers below.  I’ve been stopped in my tracks by the busy flitting of redstarts at eye level from the landings porch, and it’s totally worth preparing a beverage and hanging out there for a little while and watching. Exactly this time of year six years ago, I published this post about redstarts.

(This poem was published in a book of poems called “Sparrow Envy.”  You can order it directly from Drew. Most of the ones I have seen lately have been females and young birds; my sense is that the males migrate earlier. This photo of a male was taken at the Kiawah Island Banding Center.

 

Other warblers (all photos from Dewees) you might encounter this time of year are:

Prairie Warbler
warblers
Northern Parula
warblers
Redstart
Orange crowned warbler
warblers
black and white warbler
Black-throated blue warbler
warblers
Common Yellowthroat

Home! Dewees reopens after Irma!

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Hurricane Irma provided us with our second “hurrication” in a twelve month period, and I personally feel that traveling with all of your “crucial” possessions and your cat is overrated.  Needless to say, while we were blown away by the generosity and kindnesses of friends and strangers during evacuation, we are really glad to be home.  Last October, hurricane Matthew rolled on by, washing out a road and causing generally minimal damage. In 2011, Irene came pretty close and threw up a big surge which channeled past the dune line. This video shows the tide inundating Osprey Walk that year.  Every time we have a flood event, like the one in 2015, I come away with more appreciation for the resilience of our natural ecosystem, and the value of the original design and engineering plan, which allows the roads to move water along and away from homesites.

Irma, however, stands out as one of our more significant storms from a road perspective. Due to the extreme tidal surge from a hurricane hundreds of miles away, and strong northeast winds, lots of water was pushed into the marshes and waterways.  We were lucky in this hurricane that we didn’t get strong winds, but the water was impressive.  The incredible tides in the waterway pushed water way higher than usual, sending it over Old House Lane and into the impoundment. We set up a camera before we left to see if we could watch the marsh near Chapel Pond.  At first it looked like this:irma storm surge

Within an hour, it looked like this:

If you look to the right, you’ll see the water just pouring in from Old House Lane:

And by Wednesday morning (mostly) things are back to normal:

We got back to the area on Tuesday evening.  Both ferries, which had been put into storage per our island protocol in a storm, were still there, so the island ran the Parker for a few days.  By the time we got here, the staff had already done an assessment and created a recovery plan.  With no power to the utility, we needed to wait until running water returned to live here, but those of us with school kids who had been expecting a few more days off had to come get some necessary items for school.  We met the Parker at the ferry dock: while there was water in the parking lot, it was less than there was when we got back from Matthew.

That wasn’t the case on Monday: Van Kinnett sent these photos to Claudia DeMayo:

As you can see, the tide was impressive!  The staff was on hand and cheerful when we arrived.  It was clear that they’d been working all day.

the ride along the waterway showed some damage to the IOP and Goat Island docks:

Once on the island, Joe and island manager David Dew were available for transportation to homes.  As you can see, the road was still covered in water:

The impoundment was still high: the camera we set there had shorted out in the rain and tripped the gfi switch; this was a full 24 hours after the highest part of the surge.

We grabbed our stuff and headed for the ferry back.

Roads were still impassable by golf cart, so we’ve gotten rides from all of the island’s “high rise” vehicles.

On my ride over on Wednesday, the ferry captain Matt and deckhand Mike stopped to retrieve a stray floating dock and tie it off so it wasn’t a navigational hazard.

The skiff was also used for transportation:

By Wednesday mid-day, the smaller ferry, the Dewees Breeze was back in service. And the crew took all of the road materials we had on hand and transformed Old House Lane into a road from a river:

And worked on repairs to Dewees Inlet drive.

All in all, we’re so grateful for the staff who’ve kept working (even in today’s absurd 2″ rainstorm that fell in the space of about 45 minutes) to get us back up and running; power on, water and wastewater systems a go, and roads improving by the hour.  Tomorrow and Saturday we are working on some community cleanup projects: sign up here if you want to help.

More photos soon!

 

 

Awed by the Solar Eclipse

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On Monday, Dewees Island might have had more people on island than at any other point in history, as we paused together to take in the amazing spectacle of the total solar eclipse.  It was a day planned for a long time, and well orchestrated for big time fun. The ferry staff planned for extra riders, owners volunteered to remove extra cars from the parking lot to make room for more cars, there were solar system displays and geocaches set up, and really cool t-shirts ordered for the store, thanks to Betty Yearout and Ginny Moser.  Over the weekend, at least 950 individual rides were taken on the ferry. On Friday afternoon, scientists from NASA came to tell us about the science behind the eclipse and what to expect.  Huyler House was filled to capacity.

We were originally concerned about clouds, and there were even a few storms (with bonus of double rainbow) at the start of the day. Ferry transportation began early, with what would be a record-breaking 380 ferry riders on Monday.

 

The solar eclipse portion of the day began with two hours of drop-in activities at the Huyler House, planned by Lori Sheridan Wilson.  Stations were set up around the picnic area, with different solar system themed objectives. Over 100 people dropped in over the course of the morning, to try the different stations.

From oreo moon phases, to chalk art, to UV beads which change color, there were activities for everyone.

People came in their Dewees solar eclipse t-shirts, and in others.  One family, the DeWees family, was renting here because of the name/family connections.

 

The clouds parted at just the right moment to get a perfect view of totality.  We had originally planned to watch from the house, but wanted to see what was going on at the beach and decided to watch there.

It was fun to find others watching from along the roads. The Sullivans:

The Hall/Sood family

And if this is you, let us know…

At first glance, the beach was more crowded than I’ve ever seen it:

So we sent the drone up to see what it looked like from above. The beach actually isn’t that crowded.  At the time these were taken, we were at about 80% totality, so the light is getting a little weird.

The beach was a pretty festive atmosphere, so we decided to stay, but I had to zip back to the house to grab one more person. Meanwhile, everyone enjoyed the beach.

The following are Julian Richardson’s photos.

 


 

I got back to the beach in time for totality.  Along the way, we could see the tiny crescent sun shadows along the road.  It was weird light, and at the first instance of totality, we were still along Pelican Flight.  It went from daylight to twilight in a second, and was almost so dark I couldn’t see the road.  Several people took photos on the beach.

The parking lot at ancient dunes actually had a perfect view through the trees. I had one shot left on the camera, and managed this, right before it got light again.

Christie Drew took this one toward the beach at Ancient Dunes:

And this one of the parking area:

And Captain Lisa took this from the ferry dock:

photo by Captain Lisa

 

Jim Mack captured this of the impoundment:

solar eclipse

The Boone family on the beach at totality:

The Boone family photo

Claudia DeMayo got some great shots:

 

Faith and Fred took this cool timelapse:

Professional Photographer and long time visitor to Dewees Island Jo Marie Brown caught this image from Columbia:

There is something really amazing about being stopped in your tracks by nature, and the way this happened made us all simultaneously pause, take a breath, and look to the sky.  I am still collecting photos to put in a book for the archives: if you have some you want included, feel free to email them to me before September 10.  Still want to contribute to something related to the eclipse?  NASA is asking for your impressions in six words.  All eclipse-in-six entries will be sealed in a time capsule to be opened at the next total eclipse in 2024. Enter here.  And if you do enter that six word contest, send us your six words.

News 2 Covers Start of Dewees School Year: 8 kids on the ferry this year

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It was a pretty festive atmosphere on the ferry this morning, as school started in Charleston County. Mayci McLeod from News 2 rode along with the ferry this morning, and got a taste of the community sense of connectedness to each other and the world around us.

Claudia gave me a lift over to the dock so I could ride along as a gorgeous crescent moon lit up the sky, along with some stars.

The news crew was waiting, and Captain Rich and Joey were ready for the first day of school. As the 6:00 ferry pulled out, the sunrise backlit the cameraman, Chris.
Dewees Island School Run 2017

He was setting up the camera to capture the sunrise on the waterway.

When we approached the dock, it was really exciting to see all the kids and families waiting there for the first boat.

The inside of the ferry was full of the excited greetings of neighbors!

There was even a veritable buffet of breakfast goodies on the boat.

For some kids, it was a day of firsts.  Ian was headed to first grade, his first school day from Dewees, and his brother Cole was off to the first day of kindergarten at Sullivan’s Island Elementary school.

school

Sam was off to Moultrie Middle.  The high schoolers on the island go to Oceanside Academy,  Wando,  the School of the Arts,  and Ashley Hall.  We are totally excited to see that many kids on the ferry~ it’s the most we’ve ever known to leave Dewees for school.  And it was really fun to have News 2 aboard.  Last fall, we published this post about staying connected, and we’ve also mentioned them in this post. 

Mayci McLeod spoke with some of the students from the bow of the Dewees Islander.

While some of the other kids relaxed and watched the dolphins from the top deck.

Once the ferry pulls in, the kids disperse different directions to bus stops or rides to school. Cole and Ian waited for the Sullivan’s Island School Bus.

All in all, it was a great first day of the school year!

 

 

mississippi kite eating a bug

Mississippi Kites putting on a show

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If you’re at the pool, big bend dock, or Old House Lane this week, be sure to look up.  There has been a group of Mississippi Kites overhead, putting on a show, pretty much on a daily basis.  This raptor soars like a falcon on the thermals, and today I saw a total of 13 of them at the same time.  At first glance, they appear to be floating gently along the thermals, almost suspended in the air.

But then one of them will take a sudden movement and whoosh in another direction. Using their square off tail to dip, twist, plummet, and lift, these incredible aerialists are catching dragonflies and cicadas in mid air with their talons, and then eating them as they fly.

mississippi kite

When you look at them with your eyes, it looks like they are just hanging out.  But zoom in with binoculars or a camera, and you can get a clear sense of them as effective predators. Yesterday, I took my camera over to big bend to lie on the dock and watch. They took my breath away with their dizzying dips and turns!

mississippi kites

They snatch cicadas and dragonflies.  The cicadas protest loudly when grabbed, and if you look closely you can see the birds eviscerating them while flying.

mississippi kite

mississippi kite eating a bug

mississippi kites

 

Mississippi Kite 5-6-17 Sewee
Mississippi Kite, photo Pam Ford

Mississippi Kites, Ictinia mississippiensis, are a species of least concern in our area.  In fact, check out this article from Living Bird Magazine about how their range is actually expanding. That said, I have never seen them here as often as I have in the last week. They may be staging for migration: In some states like Texas, they apparently gather in large groups before migrating south.  Each time I have been watching them, there have been blue jays in the trees below, making a screeching sound.  They shouldn’t really object to their presence; apparently blue jays and northern mockingbirds often nest near Mississippi kite colonies. It’s been the blue jays that had me looking up, though, so they are worth listening to.  And the cicada… when the kite first grabs the cicada, it makes a loud buzz, which was another thing that made me look up.  Usually cicada calls come from the trees rather than overhead.

cicada
It’s worth heading out with binoculars!  And while you’re looking up, keep an eye out for swallowtail kites, which feed the same way and were seen here this week last year.

Eclipse Planning Underway for Dewees

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Fun on Dewees

On Monday, August 21st, there is a total solar eclipse across most of the country, finishing up right over our island. We are pretty excited about it, and trying to plan ahead for a bunch of things.  On the FUN front, the interns have set up a geocache course that can be done at night, beginning at the landings building.  If you didn’t do the geocache that was set up during the winter holiday, here’s your chance to get in on the fun.  At the back of the Landings building, there’s a box with the first clue.  Have fun!

Trying to get your head around the size of the solar system? Or explain it to your kids?  Lori and the interns have also set up a solar system walk that begins at the ferry dock.  Look up, and the sun is right above your head inside the ferry dock.

Walk down the dock for a scale model demonstration of all the planets. to get to the end of the solar system, you have to go a long way:

 

On Friday, August 18, there will be a presentation at happy hour with representatives from NASA and the College of Charleston.  Come find out more about eclipses.

If you haven’t gotten your eclipse glasses (and you ordered them) get them from Lori, and she ordered more; so check with her or order from amazon.

There will be kids activities the day of the eclipse on a drop-in basis at Huyler House and the pool will be open.

Alicia Reilly is planning some celebratory functions at Huyler House; email her if you want in on the action.  It will be out of the sun, with coverage of events playing on the tv.

 

Traffic Planning

The Post and Courier reports that a million visitors are expected in Charleston.  That is something to think about, because Spoleto attracts about 80,000 visitors.  SEWE is 50,000.  And the total number of people who evacuated for hurricane Matthew (with roads going in reverse directions to move more people) was about half a million.  So preparing for gridlock might be a good idea.  Seriously, we are hoping some of this traffic hype is overkill.  This article from The State describes what Columbia is expecting. My favorite part of that article is this line, “pack your patience.”

Download the SC511 app, which lets you plug into live feeds from traffic cameras across the state, and the WAZE app, which helps you get around traffic jams on smaller roads.  Come early, stay late. Carpool.

 

Parking

If you have more than one car in the parking lot, and have another place to park a car, that will allow more neighbors to be on the island.  Stay tuned for POA communications about parking.

Ferry

The POA sent out a survey to find out when you are coming to the island and when you are leaving.  This is to help understand when the ferry crush that weekend will be. You’re not required to catch the boat you say you’re taking, and this is not a reservation.  It IS a way for the POA to find out which ferries are likely to have a crush of people, as they try to make this the best weekend it can be for everybody.  And if you have day visitors, please be sure they’re on there for Monday.  Click here to complete the survey. There will be a schedule change on the day of the eclipse: there will be a 1:00/1:30 run and no 2:00/2:30 run.  Ferry service will resume at 3:00. More POA information here.

The Main Event: The Eclipse

What’s the big deal?

Here is NASA’s chart of what things will look like.  Click the link below for more NASA details and information.

What to expect, from NASA

Links to follow:

Charleston Visitors Bureau

NASA

Popular Mechanics: How to Photograph an Eclipse

4th of July Photos

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The fourth was in full swing on Dewees, as some of our annual events were spread out.  First, the annual beach run and Jan’s brunch: This race is always a hit, and gives us a chance to earn those fabulous snacks Jan puts together. It’s usually the biggest crowd we’ll see on the beach all year.

Then the golf cart parade: What a crowd we had this year! The recent rains kept the roads from being too dusty, and this year the fire truck led us off and the smaller emergency vehicle brought up the rear. Residents, guest, renters, interns, and even dogs got in the holiday spirit with hats and bandanas.

Then, we had a flight demo from the Avian Conservation center, aka Center for Birds of Prey.  We even had a special surprise: the ability to release a bird. Two red-shouldered hawks were released into the wild after rehab.

And finally, the sandcastle contest:

Here are the photos as thumbnails, in case you’re getting a little dizzy with all those slideshows:

 

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National Geographic Photographer to lead Photo Workshop on Dewees Island

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We are totally excited to announce that National Geographic Photographer Peter Essick will be leading a photography workshop on Dewees Island October 12-15, brought to you by SxSE magazine.  Photography workshops fill fast, so if this is on your bucket list, be sure to click the links below to register.

Recently named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography Magazine,  Peter Essick has traveled extensively over the last two decades making photographs that move beyond mere documentation to reveal in careful compositions the human impact of development as well as the enduring power of the land. Essick has photographed stories on many environmental issues including climate change, high-tech trash, nuclear waste and freshwater.
Essick has been a frequent contributor to National Geographic Magazine for 25 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri. Essick has won many journalistic awards and his photographs have been exhibited in the United States and in Europe. He lives in Stone Mountain, GA with his wife, Jackie and his son, Jalen.
He will be assisted by Jessica Hines: Artist and storyteller Jessica Hines uses the camera’s inherent quality as a recording device to explore illusion and to suggest truths that underlie the visible world. At the core of Hines’ work lies an inquisitive nature inspired by personal memory, experience and the unconscious mind. Hines began to cultivate her creative disposition early in life and her love of the arts led her to attend Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Continuing to pursue her interests, she studied photography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree. Hines most recently won 1st Place in the Kuala Lumpur International PhotoAwards, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1st Place in NEXT: New Photographic Visions, Castell Photography Gallery, curated by Elizabeth Avedon, Asheville, North Carolina, Humanitarian Documentary Grant in the WPGA Annual, Pollux Awards, juried by Philip Brookman, Chief Curator and Head of Research at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC.  Hines lives near a swamp she photographs regularly in Southeast Georgia.
Schedule:
Thursday
 Welcome Lunch at the Clubhouse on Dewees
Shooting in the afternoon with Peter and Jessica
Cocktail hour presentation by Jessica
Dinner at the Clubhouse
After-dinner presentation by Peter
Friday 
 Sunrise Boat Ride
Lunch at the clubhouse
Afternoon shooting and projections/critiques
Late afternoon ferry to Isle of Palms
Saturday
Sunrise Shoot on Dewees
followed by brunch on Isle of Palms
afternoon on Dewees shooting and projections/critiques
Dinner at the Clubhouse
Sunday 
Brunch and last-minute Q&A
What’s not included:
Travel expense from your home to the Dewees Ferry at Isle of Palms dock
Friday breakfast
Friday dinner
Saturday breakfast
Total $950 per person
Spouses and partners are invited to join us for meals and boat rides for a companion rate of $300
Click Here for Photographer only rate of $950
Click Here for Companion only rate of $300
Click Here for Photographer + Companion rate of $1250
SxSE is a bi-monthly, online publication that features fine art, documentary, and illustrative photography of the American Southeast.

Dewees Nature Investigation

Summer Nature Programs: Reserve your Spot

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All summer long, we have some great summer nature programs for families lined up.  We are trying something a little different this year, and we are hoping people will sign up for programs in advance, so the staff knows how many to plan for.  This means we’ll have enough nets, or paint for t-shirts, or squid or owl pellets to dissect, etc. Each week we’ll have a different theme. In addition, regular seining programs are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays. They are always different, because you never know what you’re going to get!  And on Mondays at 9:30 there’s a crabbing program at the crabbing dock. Here’s the full line-up:

Monday, June 5: Crabbing

Learn about safely catching crabs on Dewees Island during this catch and release program.  Meet at the crab dock.

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Wednesday June 7: Seining Capers Point

Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Dewees Island. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet & muddy. Please wear sandals with a back strap, water shoes or tennis shoes – no flip flops. Bring hats, water, sunscreen.
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Monday, June 12: Crabbing

Learn about safely catching crabs on Dewees Island during this catch and release program.  Meet at the crab dock.

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June 13: Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe Crabs are found on the front beach as well as the back creeks on the island.  They gather to spawn in the full moon and are a valuable source of food for migrating shorebirds.  During the program we will treasure hunt for molts and other clues to these interesting animals during a beach exploration and then head inside for a Horseshoe Crab craft.  Meet @ Huyler House Beach Walk.  Sign up Here


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Thursday June 15: Seining Huyler House Beach

Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Dewees Island. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet & muddy. Please wear sandals with a back strap, water shoes or tennis shoes – no flip flops. Bring hats, water, sunscreen.
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Monday, June 19: Crabbing

Learn about safely catching crabs on Dewees Island during this catch and release program.  Meet at the crab dock.

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Tuesday June 20: Spineless Animals


Jellyfish, hermit crabs, and squid, Oh MY!  Learn about marine invertebrates and how they fit into the food chain. During habitat exploration with hand nets learn to id common marine invertebrates and then dissect a squid to understand how it works. Meet at the ferry Dock.

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Wednesday June 21: Seining Capers Point

Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Dewees Island. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet & muddy. Please wear sandals with a back strap, water shoes or tennis shoes – no flip flops. Bring hats, water, sunscreen.
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Monday, June 26: Crabbing

Learn about safely catching crabs on Dewees Island during this catch and release program.  Meet at the crab dock.

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Tuesday, June 27: Birds of Prey

Raptors are a common sight on Dewees Island throughout the year.  Learn to ID common Birds of Prey and how they fit into the food chain through an owl pellet dissection and go on a scavenger to discover how many different types of raptors live on Dewees Island.  Meet @ the Huyler House Picnic Tables . Sign up HereSign Up Now!

Thursday June 29: Seining Huyler House Beach

Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Dewees Island. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet & muddy. Please wear sandals with a back strap, water shoes or tennis shoes – no flip flops. Bring hats, water, sunscreen.
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Monday, July 3: Crabbing

Learn about safely catching crabs on Dewees Island during this catch and release program.  Meet at the crab dock.

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Wednesday July 5: Seining Huyler House Beach

Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Dewees Island. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet & muddy. Please wear sandals with a back strap, water shoes or tennis shoes – no flip flops. Bring hats, water, sunscreen.
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Monday, July 10: Crabbing

Learn about safely catching crabs on Dewees Island during this catch and release program.  Meet at the crab dock.

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Tuesday, July 11: Things with Fins

Learn about fish, sharks and other animals with fins that are found in the waters around Dewees Island. We will search for shark’s teeth, figure out the difference between a fish and a shark and then make a fish print (bring a white t-shirt). Meet @ Huyler House Beach Walk.

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Thursday July 13: Seining Capers Point

Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Dewees Island. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet & muddy. Please wear sandals with a back strap, water shoes or tennis shoes – no flip flops. Bring hats, water, sunscreen.
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Monday, July 17: Crabbing

Learn about safely catching crabs on Dewees Island during this catch and release program.  Meet at the crab dock.

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Tuesday July 18:Amazing Animals

Dewees Island is home to many different mammals and reptiles.  We will learn about common animals found on Dewees Island though live animals, skulls, skins & tracks, make frog slime and a craft to take home.Meet at the Huyler House Picnic Tables
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Wednesday July 19: Seining Capers Point

Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Dewees Island. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet & muddy. Please wear sandals with a back strap, water shoes or tennis shoes – no flip flops. Bring hats, water, sunscreen.
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Monday, July 24: Crabbing

Learn about safely catching crabs on Dewees Island during this catch and release program.  Meet at the crab dock.

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Tuesday July 25: Spineless Animals

Jellyfish, hermit crabs, and squid, Oh MY!  Learn about marine invertebrates and how they fit into the food chain. During habitat exploration with hand nets, learn to identify common marine invertebrates and then dissect a squid to understand how it works. Sign up Here.  Meet @ the front Dock.

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Wednesday July 27: Seining Huyler House Beach

Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Dewees Island. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet & muddy. Please wear sandals with a back strap, water shoes or tennis shoes – no flip flops. Bring hats, water, sunscreen.
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Monday, July 31: Crabbing

Learn about safely catching crabs on Dewees Island during this catch and release program.  Meet at the crab dock.

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Tuesday August 1: Birds of Prey

Raptors are a common sight on Dewees Island throughout the year.  Learn to ID common Birds of Prey and how they fit into the food chain through an owl pellet dissection and go on a scavenger to discover how many different types of raptors live on Dewees Island.  Meet @ the Huyler House Picnic Tables . 

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Wednesday August 2: Seining Capers Point

Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Dewees Island. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet & muddy. Please wear sandals with a back strap, water shoes or tennis shoes – no flip flops. Bring hats, water, sunscreen.
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Monday, August 7: Crabbing

Learn about safely catching crabs on Dewees Island during this catch and release program.  Meet at the crab dock.

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Tuesday August 8: Things with Fins

Learn about fish, sharks and other animals with fins that are found in the waters around Dewees Island. We will search for shark’s teeth, figure out the difference between a fish and a shark and then make a fish print (bring a white t-shirt). Meet @ Huyler House Beach Walk.
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Thursday August 10: Seining Huyler House Beach

Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Dewees Island. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet & muddy. Please wear sandals with a back strap, water shoes or tennis shoes – no flip flops. Bring hats, water, sunscreen.
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Monday, August 14: Crabbing

Learn about safely catching crabs on Dewees Island during this catch and release program.  Meet at the crab dock.

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Tuesday, August 15: Amazing Animals

Dewees Island is home to many different mammals and reptiles. We will learn about common animals found on Dewees Island though skulls, skins & tracks, make frog slime and a craft to take home.
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Wednesday August 16th: Seining Capers Point

Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Dewees Island. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet & muddy. Please wear sandals with a back strap, water shoes or tennis shoes – no flip flops. Bring hats, water, sunscreen.
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To sign up for turtle team training on Wednesdays, you’ll go to the regular turtle team sign up and look for the extra slots on Wednesdays.

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