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Our Little Free Library is Up and Running!

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We are so excited that Dewees Island has a new Little Free Library.  If you’ve never heard of these, it’s an international nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Our library was provided by Chris and Monica Graff, who became island […]

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Cedar Waxwings and Robins

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The high pitched whistles of Cedar Waxwings give them away before you see them, and sometimes they are hiding in plain sight.  Large flocks of Cedar Waxwings have been breezing through the lowcountry lately.  I rarely see these sweet birds alone, and for the last few weeks we’ve had bunches of them here on the […]

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MOTUS Tower Provides a Whole New Look at Bird Migration

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Motus tower

Our MOTUS tower has been active for eight months now and I will admit to checking the data every day here.  Using radio towers to collect and distribute information is not new technology, but applying the methods to birds so we can learn more about where they go IS a relatively new approach. In this […]

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Streaming Internet Services and Costs

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Streaming Services Logos

Several people have asked me which streaming and Internet services we use and how much we saved by discontinuing old school (non-streaming) services. As an indication, I literally unbolted my DirecTV dish and threw it off the roof. (Note: you have to return the box from inside your how, but AT&T doesn’t want the dish […]

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Internet Access – November 2019 Update

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Dewees Island WiFi

Our cellular LTE residential data service has dramatically improved. With excellent technical and customer support help from Elliott Friedman at E. T. Friedman Consulting, we ordered a new MoFi v2 LTE cellular router, attached it to 2 Wilson yagi antennas and a Netgear Orbi mesh network. Now our network is faster (roughly 9 MB download, […]

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Don’t miss the Butterflies this week!

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Monarch migration coincides here with the bloom of the male groundsel plant. The female plants are also blooming, and in a few weeks, they’ll send their wispy seeds aloft to release a sort of lowcountry snow.  Usually in the last week of October, the monarchs gather to nectar on these bushes. It’s hard to see […]

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Returning to Dewees after Dorian with Gratitude

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We are back on the island, and working our way back to normal.  The kids are back in school.  Evacuating isn’t my favorite part of living on an island. For my longwinded tips and thoughts on evacuation, click here. (I decided to write it all out so maybe, if there’s a next time, I’ll remember […]

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Webcams on Dewees Island for Hurricane Dorian and Current Weather Conditions

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Webcam pointed at Dewees Island Impoundment Facing Southwest Webcam pointed at Dewees Island Chapel Pond Facing Northwest Webcam pointed at Birdfeeder Cam Facing Southeast Typically this is focused on birdfeeders with hummingbirds, painted buntings and many other birds.For now, removed the big feeders. The camera is pointed at the Dewees Impoundment https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD4PhsoI-9ccRidVznUc3GQ Current Weather Conditions […]

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Prepping for storms

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At the moment, all eyes are on hurricane Dorian. I get asked a lot of questions about hurricanes, and normally when we’re prepping to leave or hunker down, everything is so frantic that I don’t have a chance to write about things. As the track moves a little north, this post may be abbreviated.  We’re […]

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An Evening at Big Bend Dock

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An evening at Big Bend Dock I walk across the long, narrow dock toward what can only be considered an island edge, the intermediary zone between civilization and creation. I sit down on the dock’s wooden bench and take a deep breath. I am on the boundary between here and elsewhere. Peering ahead, I feel […]