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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 […]

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August Summer Programs

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We are winding down the last few weeks of summer, but there’s still great stuff to do.  You can print an entire list of August summer programs here.  You can also download the Dewees App, which will have all of these programs in it.  If you want to use the app through a desktop OR […]

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Video of Nesting and Hatching turtles in record setting year!

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The state of South Carolina is experiencing a record breaking sea turtle nesting season, as every beach sets new high records of nests on their beaches. The season started early, with the first loggerhead nest laid in April, and here on Dewees we got our first nest on May 3, found by Carey Sullivan and […]