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Dewees Island on the Map

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We’ve been focusing on maps a lot lately. Way back in about 2004, we worked with the Environmental committee and some realtors to create a large, foldable map with street addresses, lots, and information about how to live gently on the island.  These, it turns out, are pretty expensive to reproduce.  In addition, some of the information was out of date, and some of it was hard to read if you were actually looking at the map: the most important information about our conservation culture was hidden on the back.

New Island Map

For a few years, Dewees Real Estate has produced this map:

With the rules on the back of the map.

But it was time for a bit of an overhaul, and we wanted a place where first time visitors could absorb some of our most important cultural guidelines while looking at the map.  So HERE is a quick snapshot of the new map: you can get yours on the ferry or there will be multiples around for you to pick up at POA weekend.  It’s a great way to give your guests a quick overview of the rules.

In addition, this new map has all the street addresses on the back, as well as information about ferry priorities, calling for a return ride, and trash and recycling. It’s a collaborative effort between me and Reggie, the POA, and dunes properties/Charleston Coast Vacations. We’ll have it for you at POA weekend. (And that photo is of a DRAFT… if you’re quick you can spot a few errors.  We’ll have the updated ones available for you this weekend.

New Tourist Map

One of the things I started working on when I began marketing was the fact that Dewees didn’t seem to be featured on local maps.  Over the last few years, we’ve been working hard to change that.  With the help of dunes properties, what used to be an ad on the previous map is now a map of Dewees.  It has a tiny nature center, the Huyler House, The sub tower, the ferry and the streets.  You’ll notice that it also says “private” so that people aren’t tempted to just hop on the ferry.  And there’s a tiny realtor, which makes us laugh but could come in handy.  We’ll have some of these around for pickup on POA weekend, or you can stop in at some local businesses to get a copy.  Dunes has some at the office, and we grabbed these at the Refuge near the Harris Teeter.

Real Estate Map

Dunes properties has a Mount Pleasant/Sullivans/IOP map in their offices which does show Dewees, so anyone looking at property from those offices is exposed to the awesomeness that is Dewees.

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Some new Dewees publications: preorder before POA Meeting

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We have two new books available: we’re really excited about them.  They are being printed at Blurb, which is an on-demand printer, so if you want to preorder some to pick up at the POA meeting and save yourself the shipping, shoot us an email with the number of copies you need.

 

The first one is by Carroll and Jane Savage, with their incredible poem and the history of Dewees Island.  Read at the 25th anniversary celebration, this epic poem chronicles the last 300 years on the island, using anecdotes and historical research from Jim Cochrane’s history book.  They got together with Esther Doyle to set it to current artwork, and this lovely book is the result.

You can order online with the link below, if you aren’t headed to POA weekend.  It’s $15 before shipping.

 

To preview and order a copy to be shipped to you, click here.

Also, I had a great time putting together an annotated tide table for the island. It is in the form of a day planner, and each week has the high and low tides of that week, the sunrise and sunset times, and the plants and animals you’re likely to find that week.

Click here to preview and order for shipping.

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Bald Eagle Chick (s?) Hatch on Dewees Island for the 8th year.

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On Saturday, we caught our first glimpse of a young eaglet over on our eagle nest.  This makes the eighth consecutive year that a pair of nesting bald eagles has hatched at least one youngster.  The above photo is from 2017. In 2012, we were so surprised when a pair of Bald Eagles made their nest on a platform build for Osprey nesting, and even more excited to see the chick hatch in the spring.  Since then, we consider it our great privilege to watch them care for the young birds until they fledge each spring.

It took me a few days to get you actual photos of this youngster: between the rain this weekend, and fog on Tuesday, it was Wednesday before I could actually capture some footage.  We have a pretty good view of what’s going on through our scope, but we are a quarter mile away, and my little (amazing) canon sx60 was able to get some quick video and a shot or two.  It was windy, and we are both three stories up in the air with a lot of space between.

Here is some footage of the whole process over the years.

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Arts Council to Host Another Plein Air Workshop: Register Now for 3/5/2019

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The Dewees Island Arts Council had such a success with last spring’s Plein Air Workshop, they’d like to do it again. To join the class, email: DeweesIslandArtsCouncil@gmail.com

On Tuesday March 5, so long as there are enough participants, artist Beth Bathe will be leading a plein air workshop with mixable oils.  Beth is an artist residing in Lancaster, PA, who participates in high profile competitions from Maine to Washington State; a total of ten competitions in 2018 alone. Her paintings have won numerous awards and honors and she is a featured artist in the 2018 February/March issue of PleinAir Magazine:

Water mixable oils can produce stunning paintings that rival the color depth and texture of those done with traditional oils, yet eliminate the need for solvents. Beth’s unique approach incorporates a number of texturizing techniques. If you have experience with oils, watercolors, or acrylics, this workshop is for you.

Our workshop booking depends upon 6 or more confirmed attendees. The workshop fee is $100 per person + $80 supplies. The deadline for receipt of payment is February 15. Details regarding supplies and instructions for payment will be emailed.

Beth’s painting style is unique, looking somewhat like a watercolor, or is it an oil painting?  She uses Cobra Water Mixable Oil Colors in thin washes with a limited tonalist palette, using unconventional tools such as squeegees and qtips along with her brushes. Her representational paintings have been described by critics as evoking nostalgia, like that of an old sepia toned photograph, often with just touches of color. She is highly influenced by painter Andrew Wyeth, and her subject matter is often what she refers to as the “vanishing landscape”, including finding beauty in buildings, barns and old towns of a time gone by and often beyond their prime. Old barns, a Victorian farmhouse, a back alley, a fire escape, an old mill, or an old split rail fence down a country road are common subjects. Beth paints primary on location to catch her subject at a specific time, especially how the light and shadows play on the surface create drama and emotion.

Beth has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University ‘81. She teaches classes and leads workshops at her studio, Short Dog Studio, in Ephrata, PA, where she shares her space with her photographer partner and three cardigan welsh corgis.

She is currently represented by Charles Fine Art Gallery in Gloucester MA, Vermont Artisan Designs in Brattleboro VT, South Street Gallery in Easton MD, Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore MD, Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs VA and Red Raven Gallery in 2019.

Beth is a Artist Member and on the Executive Board as Secretary of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters (MAPAPA), Oil Painters of America (OPA), Outdoor Painters Society (OPS), Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters (SVPAP), Daily Painters of Pennsylvania and Daily Paintworks. In February 2016 she participated in the Plein Air Magazine Invitational trip to Cuba, and has also plein air painted in China.

2019 Events (partial)
• Invited Artist 2019 Lighthouse Plein Air, FL

• Invited Artist 2019 George Island, FL
• Juried Artist 2019 Southwest Plein Air, TX

• Invited Artist 2019 Gloucester Plein Air, VA

• Juried Artist 2018 Door County Plein Air, WI

Please RSVP to: DeweesIslandArtsCouncil@gmail.com
The mission of the Dewees Island Arts Council is to further the appreciation of the arts on Dewees Island and beyond through a series of programs, exhibits, workshops, lectures and field trips. They maintain our gallery space at Huyler House.

Committee Members: Diane Kliros (Chair), Anne Anderson, Claudia DeMayo, Ester Doyle, Brucie Harry, Low Harry, Susan Mashman, Barbara McIntyre, Cassandra McLeod, Cozy Mitchell, Jane Pasquini, Mary Reilly, Jane Savage, and Lisa Ward

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Fresh Deliveries from the Bounty Box

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I’ve been experimenting with some food delivery options to the island recently, and so far my favorite is The Bounty Box.  This is a collaborative effort with local and regional farmers, and you sign up to join.  (You are not committed to weekly deliveries if that doesn’t work for you~ no worries.) In fact, if you sign up in January (like today) you get free enrollment for the year.  Otherwise, it will cost you $23.00.

It works like this: On Fridays, I get an email reminding me to pick my box for the next week.  I can choose between a small box, my usual (farmer’s choice) or I can assemble my own box.  Sometimes I want all the control, so I assemble my own box, and sometimes I like the random challenge of creating meals out of what is fresh and plentiful. You do have to think ahead a little: any changes have to be finalized by Sunday night or you’ll get your default package.

The following Friday, my box arrives at the ferry dock, usually around the time one of us is coming back to the island.  The ferry staff has been very helpful about delivering it and letting me know which ferry to meet on the Dewees side. On Friday mornings I put the boxes back at the IOP side of the ferry dock for re-use.

If you are not a full time resident, no worries: you would just pause the weeks when you aren’t going to be here.  Check out the website for more information: www.thebountybox.com.

I asked Kathryn about her involvement with the Bounty Box, and she told me this:

I first heard about The Bounty Box through a friend. The Bounty Box only does “guerrilla marketing” through word of mouth, door hanging and now some paid advertising with social media. I signed up for The Bounty Box as a member but saw they needed NC’s to deliver in my area. I work 1:1 with an adult with special needs full time acting as his life skills tutor/therapist. Together, we volunteer at various organizations as his “job” and his involvement in society. I knew us delivering for The Bounty Box would be the perfect fit into our schedule as we are used to delivering for The Meals on Wheels Program. We have been delivering for The Bounty Box for 3 years and love it! We love the fresh produce and it lasts so much longer and fresher verse a grocery store. 
We try to use as little plastic as possible. Our produce comes in different cardboard boxes to keep the product from damaging each other. The theory behind the boxes it to return them on your next delivery date. This helps us to reuse and recycle them back to the box manufacturer. We do have to use some produce for packaging such as hydroponic lettuce, meats (to prevent contamination) and cheese. Most of these plastics get sent back in our returned boxes and we can turn around and re-use them to prevent waste. The fruit that bruises easily and you would normally put in a plastic box at the grocery store, comes in biodegradable fruit containers (you would get them at a farm stand). Our costumers always return these in their boxes to be used again and again. 
We also now have a community box option where instead of the costumer skipping their box for the week, they order a community box and it gets delivered to the Low Country Food Bank. This produce then goes through The Low Country Food Bank and gets sent to smaller non profit Distribution Centers for people in need. One of them is ECCO which is where my student and I volunteer at. 
The Bounty Box is a great, small local CSA delivery company that has been around for 6 years. Edward, the founder, wanted to go further with a CSA instead of having it be a pick up location and an overabundance of the same produce. Hence why we began delivering boxes that come with a different menu each other or one you can customize. It’s the perfect job for stay at home moms or people with flexible jobs and people that want free produce. Our costumers that are loyal to TBB agree with our mission and know about the importance of supporting local farmers and artisans. 

You can sign up using KATHRYN2019 and you will get $5 off your order ($10 off if you sign up today. Use Dewees Island or Judy as your reference.  There is also no enrollment fee and there is never a renewal fee. www.thebountybox.com

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Saving Crab Bank: Why We Care

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If you don’t live locally, you may have missed the conversations about Crab Bank, right off of Shem Creek. It’s a narrow strip of land in Charleston Harbor, and there is a good likelihood that most, if not all, of the Brown Pelicans we see were hatched right there.  In addition, many of our summer birds also nest there.  It’s a relatively isolated strip of land which has been a successful nesting colony for years.  Hurricane Irma so significantly eroded the island that there is barely a strip left, and I believe there were NO nesting birds there in 2018 at all.  This video from the Post and Courier explains the situation.  (You’ll see many island friends like Nolan Schillerstrom, Felicia Sanders, and Chris Crolley in there!)

Pelicans are one of the iconic symbols of the Lowcountry, and they provide us with great amusement as well as that surge of joy when we see them soaring in formation. We’ve written about them on this blog several times: from the kleptoparasitism they participate in as both aggressors and victims,  to this post with a bunch of facts about them,  to assisting with rehab and release, to the sighting of a banded pelican, we really can’t get enough of them. We took that top photo from the rooftop deck of 391 Pelican Flight, where you can watch them soar right by.

This morning, I went out to take a look at the ones who are resting and feeding nearby.  At the corner, there were several perched on low-lying stumps and stones.

They were so pretty in the morning light, grooming.

pelican hatched at crab bank

This one was scratching his gular pouch:

It’s not just the Pelicans that count on Crab Bank.  Have you ever noticed that in the summer, the Royal terns carrying fish all seem to be going the same direction?  That’s because they’re bringing fish back to nestlings on Crab Bank.

Sandwich terns also nest there~ they’re the ones with the white tip on their beaks:

There are only 5 seabird sanctuaries along the entire coast of South Carolina where these colonies exist, and as you can see, many of the birds that call Dewees home in non-breeding season really depend on that nesting ground.  Chris Crolley, owner of Coastal Expeditions and fellow SC Audubon advisory member describes this as the conservation moment of our lifetime.  Here is a video that shows the birds actually nesting on the island: it is incredible footage uploaded to youtube in 2011 by Dakota Walker.

When I spoke with Nolan yesterday, the project was within $276,360 of the goal of $1.4M, due to some corporate sponsorship.  Every little bit helps, and time is running out. Island friends Mary Pringle, Mary Alice Monroe, and Mary Edna Frasier sent out a letter yesterday urging donations: if you don’t want to donate online, they have a group called  Barrier Island Neighbors for Crab Bank.  Below is a photo of one of our Audubon banders Jenny McCarthy Tyrell raising awareness and a video of a fundraiser and awareness paddle out to Crab Bank.

You can donate directly through SC Audubon here, or  donate here at the Post and Courier Site, or mail a check to Mary Pringle’s group. All donations will support the critical needs of our coastal birds including habitat protection and restoration, nesting success, and community education. 

Mailing address for Mary Pringle’s group is BINCB, 1851 Flag St, Sullivans Island, SC 29482. Individual recognition to you will be
as charter members of SINCB; 501c3 in process.

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All is Well. Returning to Dewees after Florence

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A week ago, I was in the middle of writing a leisurely post about how relieved we were NOT to have to pack up and evacuate for Florence when everything went awry with the forecasts and the governor ordered an evacuation. I’ll eventually finish that one, which explains all of the hurricane preparations we go through out here on Dewees, but for now, I want to express some gratitude about being home. Our hearts go out to our friends and colleagues who are still struggling with this monster storm. We are delighted to find the island relatively unscathed. Since I know there are folks out there with a yearning for some visuals, here you go:

It was so nice to be back on the island!

Dewees after Florence
Terry was taking down the Hurricane Flag

When we came past Huyler House pond, there were spoonbills hanging out on the raft

Dewees after  Florence
Morning glories were in full bloom, covered with gulf fritillaries, cloudless sulfurs, and a zebra longwing!

When we got to Ancient Dunes, the walkway showed that there had been some pretty strong wind
Dewees, post Florence
And the wind was still in full force as we got to the beach:
Dewees after Florence
Looking north from Ancient Dunes
Dewees after Florence

The strong breezes carved the dunes and sand into some amazing patterns and textures:
[caption id="attachment_10810" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Dewees after Florence This shell created a shelf where the wind carved around it.


More sand/wind sculpture

Clouds at Ancient Dunes

We had much larger waves than normal.


Dewees after Florence (beach)
The dunes were relatively unscathed, and some of them looked even bigger!


Osprey Walk was our next stop.
Dewees after Florence Osprey Walk
Looking north from Osprey Walk

As you can see, there was no sign of water intrusion into Lake Timicau.

From the main dock, we could see some large white birds out on the midden. Knowing that sometimes storms drop some unexpected guests by, we grabbed a big lens and some binoculars. Sure enough, the usual suspects of Oystercatchers, Cormorants, Pelicans, and Ruddy Turnstones were joined by a large flock (120) of White Pelicans. They will occasionally winter here, but this is certainly the largest flock we’ve seen, and the earliest we’ve seen it in the season.

We went a little closer to check it out:

And finally, we finished the day with this rainbow over the impoundment:

With a huge sign of relief and gratitude for the kindnesses of staff and neighbors, we turn in for the night.

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Local Author Signe Pike describes Dewees

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Local author Signe Pike released her new book today, and I got an advanced reader copy and LOVED it!  Our island friends over at Buxton Books hosted a launch party for her on Sunday night.  Several of us hated to miss the annual dammit!ball championship, but enjoyed her reading from her book at a lovely reception hosted by our friends at Buxton Books.

I first met Signe on the Dewees Island ferry when she rented from us years ago.  Here is a photo of her on Dewees Island, reveling in the easy discovery of sand dollars and shells on the beach:

Signe Pike on Dewees

Signe describes her first visit here:

“Visiting Dewees was like stepping behind a veil. The enchantment of the island struck me instantaneously, the moment I stepped on board the boat. Unspoiled is the word that comes to mind. It is an island where nature is still queen, and she graciously permits us to walk the breadth of her kingdom. I felt a deep and inexplicable connection to the landscape there. The only way to describe it would be to say it felt like coming home.”

 
Her first non-fiction memoir details her journey from a New York book editor to explorer of faery magic in the UK~ it’s a hilarious and entertaining read which I thoroughly enjoyed.  As a long time fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon, I have been crazy about the King Arthur legend for ages.  She researched all the places I dreamed about visiting.  When island friend Mary Alice Monroe introduced Signe on Saturday evening, she remembers encouraging her to write the story, to make it fiction.

Signe brings scholarship and a lyric narrative voice to the story, delving into a real-life Scottish queen who was the twin of the “real Merlin”, telling the story so vividly and at such a great pace that didn’t want it to end.  She read from some passages of the book at the harbor club Sunday night.

I hate to have to wait for the next two books in the trilogy!  Hopefully we’ll be seeing her more on the island, but I have a feeling her world is about to take off.

You can grab a signed copy of this book downtown at Buxton Books, (if you haven’t been there, you should check it out!!!) or a kindle copy with the link at the bottom.

Signe’s world view fits right into everything Dewees.  We hope she’ll get back here soon.  Meanwhile, enjoy her books and this lovely thought from the preface to Faery Tale:

Please tread lightly and with respect.  Leave each place better, in some way, than when you came, and most important, be prepared to see everything… with a grateful and open heart.

 

 

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New Bestseller from Mary Alice Monroe Features Dewees

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Island friend Mary Alice Monroe has just released Beach House Reunion, her fifth novel in the Beach House series that she started in 2002. This is my favorite of the series: and not just because she heals some old family rifts and ties up loose ends: this book does a wonderful job following a family beyond a crisis and weaving in a lot of natural history facts.  AND, it has Dewees in it, so that’s always fun.  Mary Alice says this about Dewees on her blog:

It’s the kind of community many of us yearn for…a place away from the busyness of traffic congestion, the noise of shopping centers, a place where neighbors know each other and help each other. Residents and guests are surrounded by miles of pristine forestland that beckons you to explore, where wildlife and people live together in harmony. And the creeks and ocean invite you to catch your meal for the night.

In this post on Mary Alice’s blog last year, I wrote about why I love living and learning here,

…it’s the wonder that I can’t get enough of. Everyday brings something incredible to experience. Tonight at the dock, a young family arrived back on Dewees by ferry after eating dinner on the Isle of Palms.  The stars were sparkling above: with no streetlights to our north, the dark skies can be incredible.  And in the water, early bioluminescence is making its first summer appearance. Awe and wonder and laughter floated past on the breeze as they trailed their fingertips in the water at the dock, creating sparkles in the water.  Just a bit of everyday Dewees magic.

Here are some of the descriptions of Dewees In her newest novel, Dewees first makes an appearance on page 104, where David has relocated.  He says:

The folks on Dewees are genuine.  And quite social.

I think that sums things up! David has moved into a new house: (this house is actually for sale: click here or email Judy if you’d like more info)

 


And Cara comes to the island to visit:

Mary Alice Monroe describes the first impression of Dewees:

and how perplexing that can be to first time visitors:

And she tours around the island:

Impressed by our wildlife.

She even mentions alligators, from one of my favorite spots on the island for wildlife watching:

Here’s a few minutes of video from that spot years ago:

And you can click here for a page with a lot more photos that might be in a Mary Alice Monroe novel.

Mary Alice and Angela May came to the island last week to do a little research.  We watched the sun set from the porch of 126 (David’s house in the novel) and storms roll in.  We went on a night drive to listen to the frogs and chuck-wills-widows,  and joined in for the turtle team’s early walk:

 

If you’d like to experience Dewees with Mary Alice, you can buy a ticket for her tour benefitting the Dewees Island Conservancy’s Lake Timicau Restoration Project.  Click here to buy your ticket: tour is limited to 12. The auction also has several Dewees vacations so you can experience the island for yourself!  And if you don’t win one of those, you can book a weeks vacation at the house mentioned (Island Breeze) in the novel with a $100 discount: Go to charlestoncoastvacations.com and Use Code MONROE100.

 

 

Below are some links to Mary Alice’s books:


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Summer Programs: July 2018

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Monday July 2

Crabbing
Description:Learn how to ID & catch a blue crab and alligator safety during this catch a release program. Reserve your (free spot) Here:

Monday, July 2


Naturalists Choice: Save the Sea Turtles!
Description:Through hands on activities learn what makes a sea turtle a sea turtle, what turtle biologists do, challenges sea turtles face and what you can do to help. Wear clothes that can get sandy and possibly wet.
Ancient Dunes Gazebo: 6:30 pm Sign up here.

Tuesday July 3

Jan and Bubber’s Beach Run and Party
Join Bubber on the beach at Needlerush – for morning exercise on a beach course.You may run, walk, crawl, or escort a child – whatever you desire!
JAN’S BRUNCH
Even if you do not participate in the beach event, come and socialize on the McAlhany’s porch with Jan where you can enjoy her refreshments and applaud the winners!

 

 


Wednesday, July 4

Golf Cart Parade
Meet at the fire station at 11:00 am for the start: We’ll finish at Huyler House with some ice cream.

Thursday, July 5

Sand Art Contest
Start whenever you like at Ancient Dunes. Judging is at 5:30 p.m.
All welcome: spectators and participants: no registration necessary.

june summer activities DeweesFriday, July 6

Turtle Friday Meeting 8:30
Ancient Dunes Gazebo
All Welcome: we will review current nests and any tasks and make plans for the upcoming week. If you want to learn about our turtle program, this is for you. To follow the Turtle team on Facebook, click here.

Friday, July 6

Seining and Beachcombing
9:00 am Ancient Dunes 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. Sign up here.

 

Friday, July 6

Happy Hour  (Lake Timicau Online Auction closeout Moved to July 20)

 

Monday, July 9


Crabbing
9:30 Crab Dock
Description:Learn how to ID & catch a blue crab and alligator safety during this catch a release program. Reserve your (free) spot here.

 

 

 

Monday, July 9

Naturalists Choice: Horseshoe Crabs
10:30 Landings Building
Horseshoe Crabs are found on the front beach as well as the island’s brackish water marshes and Impoundments. They gather to spawn in the full moon and are a valuable source of food for migrating shorebirds. Through hands on activities, we will learn the parts of a horseshoe crab and how it feeds. Sign up here.

 

Tuesday July 10

mississippi kite eating a bug
Terrific Tuesdays: Raptors and Birds
9:30 am New Location: Landings Building
Description:Learn about local birds on Dewees Island and what makes a raptor different from other birds. Fun for the whole family, even if you don’t bring kids. Click here to reserve your (free) spot.

 

 

Thursday, July 12

Book Club with Susan Boyer
Please join us on Thursday, July 12 for a special book club including conversations with Susan Boyer, author of a series of mysteries set on a ferry access island called Stella Maris, which is located just north of the Isle of Palms and the ferry loads at 41st street. Her latest novel, Lowcountry Bookshop, is the seventh in her award-winning series starring Liz Talbot, a detective who lives on the island and solves mysteries all over the Charleston area. Click here to get to her author page where you can read more and purchase her books.
This will be Susan’s first visit to Dewees, and she’s looking forward to seeing the real island and meeting with us for a discussion on her Lowcountry series.
We’ll meet at 6:30 in the Huyler House. Bring your own beverage and a snack to share.

Friday July 13

Turtle Team Friday Meeting
8:30 am: Ancient Dunes Gazebo
All Welcome: we will review current nests and any tasks and make plans for the upcoming week. If you want to learn about our turtle program, this is for you. To follow the Turtle team on Facebook, click here.

Friday July 13

Seining and Beachcombing
9:00 am Ancient Dunes 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. To sign up, click here.

Friday July 13

Paddle with the Naturalist Interns
2:00 pm Canoe Dock
Explore one of the richest wildlife habitats of Dewees Island. This interpretative paddle offers a unique look into the ecology of impounded wetlands. Participants must be able to maneuver a short portage. 10 years minimum age. Under 16 must be with an adult. Space is limited to 6 participants: RSVP 24 hours in advance – text 843-568-3994

Friday, July 13

Happy Hour
5:30 Huyler House
BYOB and a Nibble

Monday July 16

Crabbing at the Crab Dock
9:30 am
Learn how to ID & catch a blue crab and alligator safety during this catch a release program.
Sign up here.

 

 

 

Monday July 16

Naturalists Choice- Hurricanes vs Barrier Islands
10:30 am – Ancient Dunes Gazebo
Through hands-on activities and games learn about the interactions between barrier islands and hurricanes, how islands withstand hurricanes and how hurricanes form. Wear clothes that can get sandy and possibly wet. Sign up here.

Tuesday, July 17


Terrific Tuesdays: Family Nature exploration: Micro-safari
9:30am – 11:00am
Ferry Dock
See Dewees Island from a new perspective as we get up close and personal with nature. Join us as we use lenses and scopes to examine the tiny wonders we’ll discover on our “micro-safari” exploration. Sign up here.

 

Wednesday, July 18

Ladies Roundtable coffee
9:30 Huyler House
Join us for Ladies Roundtable coffee at Huyler House

Friday July 20

Turtle Team Friday Meeting
8:30 am Ancient Dunes Gazebo
All Welcome: we will review current nests and any tasks and make plans for the upcoming week. If you want to learn about our turtle program, this is for you. To follow the Turtle team on Facebook, click here.

Friday July 20

Seining and Beachcombing
9:00 am Ancient Dunes 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. Sign up here.

Friday July 20

Paddle with the Naturalist Interns
2:00 pm: Canoe Dock
Explore one of the richest wildlife habitats of Dewees Island. This interpretative paddle offers a unique look into the ecology of impounded wetlands. Participants must be able to maneuver a short portage. 10 years minimum age. Under 16 must be with an adult. Space is limited to 6 participants: RSVP 24 hours in advance – text 845-568-3994

Friday, July 20

Help us raise money for Lake Timicau while learning about the talents and strengths of our friends.  Register to bid here.

Monday July 23

Crabbing at the Crab Dock
9:30 am
Learn how to ID & catch a blue crab and alligator safety during this catch a release program.
Sign up here.

Monday, July 23

Animal Tracking and Sighting
6:30 pm, Landings Building
Learn about what animals live in and along the edge of wetlands. We will explore the edge of the Impoundment & Huyler House pond and search for animals.
Become a wildlife detective! Learn how to identify wildlife by what they leave behind: tracks, scat and much more. Make and take a wildlife track. Sign up here.

Tuesday July 24


Terrific Tuesdays Family Program: Critter Capture
9:30 am meet @ 1-pipe
Description:Explore the Salt Marsh of Dewees Island and discover who resides in “Nature’s Nursery” and learn about the important roles they play in the food web. Please wear clothes that can get wet and muddy. * Please wear old tennis shoes or sandals with a back strap; no flip flops or crocs. Sign up here.

Wednesday July 25

Ladies Roundtable coffee
9:30 Huyler House

Friday July 27

Turtle Team Friday Meeting
8:30 am Ancient Dunes Gazebo
All Welcome: we will review current nests and any tasks and make plans for the upcoming week. If you want to learn about our turtle program, this is for you. To follow the Turtle team on Facebook, click here.

Friday July 27

Seining and Beachcombing
9:00 am Ancient Dunes 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. Sign up here.

Friday July 27

Paddle with the Naturalist Interns
2:00 pm Canoe Dock
Explore one of the richest wildlife habitats of Dewees Island. This interpretative paddle offers a unique look into the ecology of impounded wetlands. Participants must be able to maneuver a short portage. 10 years minimum age. Under 16 must be with an adult. Space is limited to 6 participants: RSVP 24 hours in advance – text 845-568-3994

Friday July 27

Art Exhibit
5:30 pm
Huyler House
Art Exhibit featuring Scottie and David Hoffman’s private collection of Charleston Renaissance art. All welcome.

Monday July 30

Crabbing at the Crab Dock
9:30 am
Learn how to ID & catch a blue crab and alligator safety during this catch a release program.
Sign up here.

 

Monday July 30


Naturalists Choice: Night Sky
8:30 pm Ancient Dunes Gazebo
Learn how to Identify what is visible in the night sky. To sign up, click here.

 

 

Tuesday July 31


Terrific Tuesdays Family Program: Mammals
9:30 Huyler House Picnic area
Description:Learn about marine mammals living just off shore through activities and crafts. SIGN UP HERE.

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