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. 

Cedar Waxwings hiding in the top of an oak

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 island.  But I’ve seen them on the mainland regularly, in shopping parking lots and live oaks along the highway, and fighting over birdbath space in the unlikeliest of places.  Yesterday I walked under a tree where I hadn’t even noticed them, and startled the flock in a flurry of loud wingbeats as they took refuge in the top of a pine tree.  Camouflaged by the pine cones, the Cedar Waxwings blended right in!

cedar waxwings in pine

Cedar Waxwings are a medium sized bird that eats mostly fruit, and you can find them in the holly and cedar trees on the island with great regularity in the winter.  Cornell Lab of Ornithology reports that this is one species that specializes in many of the same habitats that work well with human habitation, and unlike many other species right now, numbers of Cedar Waxwings are actually increasing.  We generally see them in the winter, and in late spring they’ll migrate northward to nest.

waxwings in pine
waxwings in holly

Waxwings are named for the red “waxy” markings on the edges of their wing feathers. They also have a yellow stripe at the tips of their tail.  These pigments are created in part by the foods they are eating, and in some places where non-native honeysuckles are prevalent, their tailfeathers are much more orange.

cedar waxwing

They seem to hang out with Robins a lot.  Journey North accumulates data on monarch, hummingbirds and robins as they migrate.  You can learn more about that and submit observations here. Both are flocking species that eat fruit, and they seem to travel together in the winter a lot. 

Robins and Waxwings at a Birdbath in Mount Pleasant. Photo by S. Cantle

But robins have slightly higher personal space needs (they’ll keep more space between them) than waxwings, who can be seen sitting practically on top of each other on the same branch.  As the flocks approach nesting season, they’ll get more territorial and the flocks will break down into smaller and smaller groups.

Jane Yolen (who wrote one of my favorite books of all time, Owl Moon,) wrote this sweet poem about Waxwings as masked bandits. 

Waxwing with palmetto berries

And Robert Francis wrote this poem, which begins:

Four Tao philosophers as cedar waxwings
chat on a February berry bush
in sun, and I am one.

Such merriment and such sobriety—
the small wild fruit on the tall stalk—
was this not always my true style?

Cedar Waxwings in LIve Oak

This weekend is a great time to get outside and count some birds. In fact, a Cedar Waxwing was the headliner for this post about the GBBC in 2014. I’m happy for company birding~ let me know if you’d like to count with me.

Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count returns for its 22nd year this coming weekend, February 14–17. Count birds anywhere in the world, and help scientists get a snapshot of global bird populations. In 2019, an estimated 225,000 people counted some 6,850 species—will you be part of this year’s count? 

Last fall, scientists reported a decline of more than one in four breeding birds in the United States and Canada since 1970, which makes keeping track of birds more important than ever. Join us for this year’s count! 


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 blog post (which includes our tower), Jen Tyrell of Audubon South Carolina describes the tower:

Radio telemetry uses radio signals and receivers to track birds. Small nanotag transmitters are temporarily attached to birds, bats, butterflies, or even dragonflies. These transmitters send out a signal a few times every minute that can be picked up by a receiver along the way, specifically a Motus tower. These towers have antennas that can pick up the signal from a tagged individual if they fly within a few kilometers of a tower. Staging these towers along migration routes creates a virtual net to capture the animals’ information. Imagine having check-points along migratory routes to see which path they’re taking. These towers connect to the internet and download tag ID numbers as they are detected in real-time, giving the researchers who deployed these tags the whereabouts of the bird as the individual migrates. The towers are the perfect blend of old and new technologies to make understanding the mysteries of migration more affordable, comprehensive, and collaborative with a wide range of hosts and partners deploying tags and hosting towers. The result is a better understanding of the full life cycles of imperiled migratory species in a cooperative scientific approach.

Migration has captured the imagination of naturalists and scientists for ages.   We have other means of studying them: we’ve been banding birds for a century (and Dewees participates in this occasionally, especially with painted buntings). But finding out information about a banded bird is largely contingent on recapturing the same bird.  Geolocators can also be placed on birds, but they also require the bird to be recaptured in order to read the data. Large migrations can be tracked on radar, but they don’t give us specifics about individual birds.

Recent applications of telemetry have given rise to some new ways to study this migration.  Here is an explanation of the whole system at (along with their infographic)

The Dewees Island Conservancy funded a tower, which we erected at the top of the landings building.   The “brains” of the tower are a machine called a sensorgnome, which records the data and sends it to the cloud network of researchers to compile the data.  Wildlife outfitted with nanotags fly within 15 km of the tower and register with a ping, so that the researchers can see where they go.  I think the most exciting part of all this is that it gives us the information to tell the story of an individual bird: where it winters and where it nests. Here are some interesting things we’ve learned thus far.

We’ve had a total of 40 different individuals with nanotags register on our tower.  Some of them have registered many times, others just send us a ping when they’ve passed by.  Of the 40 birds, 21, or just over half, were Red Knots, a species of concern that migrates from South America to Canada and back each year.  One of those birds stopped by on his way to Canada and then popped back in on the return journey. Another registered in Hampton Roads, Virginia on July 31, and here on August 1, flying 350 miles in a single day.

Including the Red Knots, we’ve had a total of 13 species register on our towers: Ruddy Turnstone, Semi-palmated Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, Piping Plover, Common Nighthawk, Sora, American Kestrel, Clapper Rail, Chimney Swift, Common Tern, and a Rusty Blackbird.  The last one is pretty exciting~ it’s not a bird I’ve ever seen here. And now I know to get out there and look. One day I spotted a Kestrel outside my office window~ the next day one showed up in the data!

We have common nighthawks here, but when I started crunching the numbers on this guy, I was amazed.  A Common Nighthawk was first tagged in Canada in the fall of 2018.  In the fall, it left Canada and came past Maryland, and then FLEW to Central America~ 2052 miles over four days.  He spent the winter in the tropics and returned to the same towers for most of the summer, and when it flew south again, it came past Dewees.  I actually check his data every day to see if he registers on the same towers in Central America, but so far I’ve lost sight of the bird… or the transmitter battery died after the 18 months it’s been recording.  Carl Miller captured this photo of a nighthawk one summer on Dewees… It’s such fun to imagine where it might be right now.

I’m really excited about all the applications to understand more about where birds go, how they don’t really understand borders, and the dangers they face, as well as the incredible journeys they perform.  And each day, the network of towers grows~ we are now finding individuals that register both here and the Fort Moultrie tower. If the batteries last through the winter, it will be so interesting so see when they return.

Want to help?  Feel free to donate to the Dewees Island Conservancy.  Maybe we can fund some nanotags for nesting buntings or other migratory species.  Each nanotag is about $200.  And feel free to ask me about this any time… I get so excited!


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 back). It felt quite liberating.

Here’s a link to a Google Spreadsheet showing the services we’re streaming and their cost vs. the Old School services we’ve discontinued. All the information is as of 11/4/2019. We make changes from time-to-time.

I think we’re saving at least $52/month and getting better service. That being said, the streaming TV services do occasionally buffer or stutter. It can be frustrating. DirecTV can be just as frustrating during a heavy rainstorm.


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, 16 MB upload and 40 ms ping)
  • more reliable (less jitter, less downtime in our initial tests, and
  • better supported.

We’re using about $1,000 of gear — but you might not need it all. You might get away with spending only $500 (talk to Elliott) plus installation/consulting. The ongoing cost is $99/month without contracts or caps. We’re exploring other service options, including the new T-Mobile stationary service, that might cut the cost roughly in half in coming months.

We’ve heard from Elliott that he has another Dewees client with higher speeds. Together we’re exploring why our service isn’t as fast.

We first met Elliott because of the Dewees Island Bird Cam project. We’ve found him to be very knowledgeable, responsive and customer friendly. He’ll figure out what’s best for your situation (and not use some generic solution that only works at someone else’s house). The easiest way to reach Elliott is via email: . He can also be reached by text or voice at 843-882-5299.

Technology keeps moving. For historical perspective, here are some links to previous articles on this subject. They’re getting stale, but still, have some interesting information:


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 evidence of migration, because they seem to be flittering north and south, east and west, with a joyful lack of purpose.  Once they land, though, you can see them concentrating on the task at hand.

Not all the butterflies we see are monarchs: other migratory butterflies include the Common Buckeye: with rows of large spots on their wings.

Gulf fritillaries are the mostly orange butterflies with a different pattern on the underside: they are one of our most common butterflies all summer.  The caterpillars hatch and feed on the passionflower (maypop) around the island.

And along with the fritillary in this photo is a Painted Lady.  All of these may also migrate southward in the fall.

Sometimes video can be a better way to show the incredible number and variety of butterflies:

Elsewhere on the island, Cloudless Sulfurs can be seen all over the island~ they’re the big yellow ones. The tiny yellow ones are (imaginatively,) little yellow’s.

Field guide to Butterflies of Dewees


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 how to do it.)

As always, our first reaction on returning to Dewees is gratitude.  Gratitude that the storm didn’t wobble 20 miles to the west, and gratitude that by the time it arrived on our shores, the winds were pushing the current and surge away from the mainland and offshore, rather than the 4-7 foot surge we were expecting.  And gratitude for the village of staff, local emergency officials, and neighbors who helped us weather the storm. 

The governor ordered an evacuation at the 6:30 press conference on Sunday night.  By this time, the community was pretty much finished up with the dammit!ball tournament (Thanks Michael and your crew) over on the front beach. Despite king tides which reached almost to Ancient Dunes Boardwalk, there was a pretty good crowd gathered.

Because it was a holiday weekend, the island was pretty crowded.  Everyone began preparing to leave.  On Monday, the last run of the big ferry was at 9:30: It was crowded.


Meanwhile, the staff was preparing the community buildings and doing all sorts of things for us that we are probably not aware of.  For instance, did you know that Lori evacuated the animals in the nature center?  At her home, there will be four turtles, a lizard, a fish, and a handful of horseshoe crabs in addition to her family and pets?  I took this photo of her and Cora last year when they were taking all the critters home.

The DUC team also secures the water plant and makes sure we’re ready to get back online quickly.  Meanwhile, the staff puts all the Huyler House porch and pool furniture in, and puts up shutters where necessary:

Fire chief Richie McWethy operates the lull while Nathan secures the shutters.

I always thought that part about the sheriff showing up and telling everyone to get off the island was an urban legend.  Not at all: here is the Charleston County Sheriff’s office arriving (with the Breeze) to discuss evacuation with the island manager and the fire chief:

Once the big ferry was headed to the boatyard to be pulled out and placed safely in dry dock, there were still a lot of people on the island who needed to get off.  The breeze began running continuously (in very high tides) and people who were lined up on the dock all got off the island relatively quickly.  David took some people over on the Scout, and the skiff also carried passengers and gear to the dock.

Catherine was stationed on the dock to help facilitate all the transitions.  While this was a bit of hurry-up situation, everything was pretty calm and friendly~ neighbors looking out for each other, helping with golf cart transportation, offers of assistance from everything to moving cars and carts to places to stay.  We are fortunate to be surrounded by this atmosphere of kind consideration.  

Evacuation is not my favorite activity~ more on that here.   It was fun to catch up with some Dewees friends while in Atlanta, and fun to hear about other impromptu Dewees gatherings.

Because the wifi stayed up, we could even watch the impoundment from our Dewees friends’ house:


The island manager kept us informed with regular updates during the storm.  AND got the island opened very quickly on Friday morning.  We arrived just after the island opened on Friday, and were stunned to see how well organized and tended everything was.  The dock (and waterways) were free of all debris:

Compared to previous storms, the waterline was relatively low at the base of the ramp:

The newspaper was still there from the day we evacuated:

And all the shuttle carts were ready to go:

The warning flag was still up, reminding us of what a near miss this was:

The breeze was returned to service on Friday afternoon, and until then the ferry crew made regular runs on the skiff:

It’s strange to see the causeway basically empty:


The roads had been basically plowed of the general coverings of pine straw, sticks and branches that covered them. You can see where the staff dragged the debris over to the sides of the road. Several of the water oaks on Old House Lane split and broke, and some pines were down but obviously cleared up already.

The islander was back in service quickly as well: here she is on Saturday coming past the marina:

Over on the beach, there were some big changes:

This is Osprey Walk. We took a bunch of drone photos to show the before and after of some of these locations.

There are lots of broken shells on the beach, and its hard to tell whether some of the erosion is from the storm or from the holiday weekend king tides.

section of boardwalk washed up

The south end of the beach is pretty much the same, but the north end has definitely experienced some significant change:

Looking south from Osprey Walk, where the deep stumps that have been covered for the last few years are now uncovered again.

I am putting together some before/after shots from the drone; stay tuned.

For now I want to conclude the way I began: with gratitude. For all the staff has done and is continuing to do for our community. For the timing and direction of the storm that spared us a direct hit or destructive surge. For the good wishes, texts, emails, and inquiries from friends near and far. For the resiliency of the island and the creatures that call it home. Our hearts go out to those whose lives are forever changed by this storm~ we support the efforts of Water Mission in the Bahamas.


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

Current Weather Conditions on Dewees Island

Located on rooftop deck about 48 feet above Mean Sea Level

[conditions note: data reported here seems stale compared to other reports we’re receiving.  They say Dewees has received almost 10” of rain.  Here’s a screenshot Rain totals

If you want your own weather station, try Davis Instruments Vantage Vue.


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 a big fan of Channel 2 news, and here’s their latest track:

Dewees has to plan ahead for storms, and we usually evacuate before the other islands do. When we managed rentals, visitors were often confused about why there would be a voluntary evacuation order so early. I had a few minutes to chat with David Dew, the island manager, as we prepared for Florence last year, and he can sum up the entire evacuation timeline with central point: the crane. The ferries are the highway to the island, and essential to protect. In order to protect them in a potentially catastrophic storm, they need to be pulled from the water at the boatyard by a large crane. The crane needs to be scheduled in advance, and once the winds pick up, even in advance of the “real” storm, the crane can no longer safely work the boats. So everything works backwards from that date. We’re not being hysterical; we’re being strategic.

Even if an evacuation isn’t necessary, there are a number of things everyone can do to make their homes more hurricane-ready.


Basically, anything on porches or in garages can become a projectile.  Birdfeeders, wicker furniture, porch swings, potted plants, fishing gear, and bicycles need to be stored.  If you don’t pick up all that stuff, you can find yourself with a situation like this:

or this:

It usually takes us an hour or two to get all the stuff inside, and we often roll up the rugs and push everything all together.


Hurricane protection, like fire protection, is an essential part of the design process when you are building a home on the island.  There are a LOT of different options people use on the island.

Bahama Shutters

Bahama Shutters provide shade during the summer months and can be lowered and locked to protect those windows. These are always attached to the windows and can be pulled in and secured from the inside. Before getting new windows, Huyler house had bahama shutters.

Corrugated Shutters

Corrugated shutters come in metal and polycarbonate, and are usually panels that slide into a top track.

The panels are usually stored in a box on the deck, and are the size that one person can slide the top into the track and then secure the bottom with bolts and wing nuts.

One advantage of the polycarbonate is that they let light through, so if it’s a high window you can often leave them up for the whole season.

They can also cover doors:

storm shutter

Rolldown shutters

This house has bahama shutters on the left and rolldown shutters over the large windows.

Rolldown shutters are usually mounted on the outside of the house and can be operated manually from inside or outside the house, depending on the particular setup. Some are electric and some can even be operated remotely.

These rolldowns are operated with a wand, which allows the user to crank the shutters down from inside the house.
these rolldowns are operated with a crank from outside the house, but the last one can be controlled from within the house.

Custom Wood Shutters

Some houses have custom wood shutters that make closing up fairly simple as the shutters are attached to the house and only need closing.

these shutters slide across the windows
these shutters fold in from the outside.
these shutters close over the french doors
Inside view of custom shutters that flip down
These hinged shutters drop down from a panel in the porch ceiling. They have smaller windows in them so you can let light in if you need it.

Fabric Shutters

One different kind of storm protection that is relatively easy to store and lightweight is hurricane fabric. These are panels that get stored inside and mounted over windows and doors.

These are secured with pegs and wing nuts.

you can move them aside when you need to reach the door.

Hurricane proof glass

Homes with hurricane proof glass are easier to close up: lock the windows and doors and head on out. They are more expensive up front though.


Plywood is one choice: pros are price; cons are storage and difficulty of installation. This home along the waterway uses plywood to board up:

Go ‘way hurricane cookies

When I first moved to the lowcountry, I was totally addicted to a Post and Courier Column called Good Morning Lowcountry. When they took out the column, I canceled the paper subscription, though we still read it online. But I digress. Island friend Harriet McLeod was the writer of that column, and you can still get copies of her columns in her book Good Morning Lowcountry, Lessons from the South Carolina Swamp. It is totally worth the read Here is an article about the reactions in the P&C newsroom when Harriett delivered the cookies.Last year, Harriett put a set of her famous hurricane cookies into our auction for the Lake Timicau project, but then she was out of town when Florence started bearing down on us. Rich with caramel, chocolate, and a little gris-gris, these cookies have magical properties to ward off storms. The mantle of baking them fell to me, so I threw them together as we got ready to evacuate last year. Well, the first batch of 2019 has been baked, folks, and I am happy to bake the second in the morning. Here’s hoping that storm fizzles on out.

Here’s a shot of me delivering the warm cookies to people securing their homes last year.


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 as if I am both a resident perceiving the beyond and an outsider experiencing the island from within. And yet, at the edge, sense supersedes the need to form perspective. To think too hard is to waste a timeless moment where I and the world around me can simply be.

I look up as the clouds wisp rapidly through the air, swift as the salt marsh ripples below. They shadow a pale peachy sky, which dependably dims in the routine absence of its glowing source.

The warm glimmer reflects from the tidewater, completing a near symmetry of the landscape. Even the chiseled wood of Big Bend Dock glows a soft pink. The smooth darkening expanse of marsh grasses contrasts with the sky, the tide, and even the large slab of two-by-fours upon which my feet rest. 

Lights flicker in the distance – headlights cross bridges, houses hunker down on the horizon line, and towers flash red – but they are all so far away. They are night lights for Dewees, seen only from the island edge.

The wind whips from my left and across my body with force and power, yet care and prudence. It is a warm chill that lifts me from within myself, taking with it all distasteful energy, removing the thoughts that are unwelcome in such an atmosphere. The wind is fair. It does not injure nor disturb. It is neither angry nor vengeful. It simply gusts away the grime – a vacuum for the soul.

The air smells of salt and life. One whiff is enough to become part of the air and everything around. The sturdy dock. The tidal creek. The clouds and cordgrass, now the same silhouette shade against the pale evening sky and water.

But just as I am a part of this maritime microcosm, sounds all around alert me that it is also apart from me. It is something else much greater, much stronger, and much more harmonious. I hear it all. I hear cicadas singing amongst the palmettos, a sweet symphony of whispers. The high-tide ripples slosh soundly against the wooden framework of the dock. The pop of the pluff mud and fiddler pitter patter play percussion in the evening orchestra. An avian shriek pitches in an operatic melody in the distance. And above all else I hear the wind as it softly whispers into my ear, “It’s okay…I am here, and so are you.”

Jared Crain was a summer intern this summer. He is finishing up his degree at Berry College this fall.


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 a non-ios device, click here. Sorry for the slight delay in getting them online.

August programs


Dewees Island Summer Programs 

August 2019 

Friday August 2

Ancient Dunes Gazebo

8:30 am

Turtle Team 

Debrief and recap

What’s happening on the turtle team?  Where are the nests and how do we protect them?  Which turtles have been seen on our shores and what are the field signs? Join us for our weekly short briefing (Coffee and snacks welcome) at Ancient Dunes Gazebo. Stick around afterwards for beach games.
Friday August 2

9:00 am

Ancient Dunes Gazebo

Beach Games

Join us as we use search the beach for treasures from the deep and use dip and seine nets to explore the tide pools and swash zone to find out what creatures live here. Wear shoes & clothes that can get wet, sunscreen, and hats and plenty of water. Sign up here.
Friday August 2


Art Show

Sun Moon and Stars

This collective exhibit has many items from owners personal collections as well as some for sale.  Come check out our sun, moon and Stars Art.

August 5


Crabbing Dock

This fun, family friendly program introduces you to tips and tricks for crabbing sustainably, catching bait, and other insider tips to have a great vacation on the island.  Highly recommended for first time guests and repeat visitors, you’ll have a great time learning and crabbing on the dock! Register here.

August 6


Ferry Dock

Family Nature Program: Mammal Safari What mammals are on the island and what clues do they leave behind?  How can we tell if that’s coyote fur or something else? What do the wildlife cameras show us? Fun for all ages. Register here.


Thursday August 8


Huyler House

Nature Shadow Box Join Casey as you explore Dewees Habitats and make a nature treasure to take home. Register here


Friday August 9

Ancient Dunes Gazebo

Turtle Team Meeting and Update

What’s happening on the turtle team?  Where are the nests and how do we protect them?  Which turtles have been seen on our shores and what are the field signs? Join us for our weekly short briefing (Coffee and snacks welcome) at Ancient Dunes Gazebo. Stick around afterwards for the Intertidal Investigation Program.
Friday August 9

Ancient Dunes Gazebo

Intertidal Investigations Join us as we use search the beach for treasures from the deep and use dip and seine nets to explore the tide pools and swash zone to find out what creatures live here. Wear shoes & clothes that can get wet, sunscreen, and hats and plenty of water. Register here.


Monday August 12 Crabbing and Insider Tips

Crabbing Dock

This fun, family friendly program introduces you to tips and tricks for crabbing sustainably, catching bait, and other insider tips to have a great vacation on the island.  Highly recommended for first time guests and repeat visitors, you’ll have a great time learning and crabbing on the dock! Register here.


Tuesday August 13


Ferry Dock

Family Nature Adventure: Dock Dudes

Learn about mysterious aquatic life forms just under our feet through the use of hand nets and microscopes. Hat and sunscreen recommended. Register here.


Thursday August 15

Landings Building

Howling at the Moon

Meet Jared, our coyote intern, for this fascinating presentation on coyote vocalization and what we can learn from them. We’ll start at 8:30 at the landings building. Please reserve your (free) spot.

Friday August 16

Ancient Dunes Gazebo 8:30

Turtle Team Debrief and Update

What’s happening on the turtle team?  Where are the nests and how do we protect them?  Which turtles have been seen on our shores and what are the field signs? Join us for our weekly short briefing (Coffee and snacks welcome) at Ancient Dunes Gazebo. Stick around afterwards for the Intertidal Investigation Program.
Friday August 16

9:00 am

Intertidal Investigations Join us as we use dip and seine nets to explore the tidepools and swash zone to find out what creatures live here.  Wear shoes that can get wet, sunscreen, and hats. Sign up here.


Friday August 16 Intern Presentations and Happy Hour Join us at Huyler House as we learn about the summer experiences of Alexa, Hollis, and Jared and celebrate their accomplishments.  Sponsored by the Dewees Island Conservancy and the Environmental Resources Board. Bring your own beverages.