Dawn in South Carolina

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Near the turn of the 20th century, wealthy influencer Bernard Baruch bought coastal property in South Carolina. Originally from New Jersey, she has lived in South Carolina for over a decade, and was a great help identifying the shorebirds we found. Trips Hobcaw Barony South CarolinaIn just a few years he had consolidated over a dozen plantations, accumulating nearly 16,000 acres of coastal forest, saltmarsh, and beach.

Cockfighting Rings Busted in South Carolina

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What is the State Bird of South Carolina?

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This unique sound belongs to the Carolina Wren , who unsurprisingly is the state bird of South Carolina! Adopted as the state bird in 1948 , the Carolina Wren actually superseded another species: the Northern Mockingbird. Carolina Wrens are impressive little birds. Because they prefer to nest in cavities a few feet off the ground, Carolina Wrens will nest in special nest boxes if you are so inclined to have a breeding pair in your yard.

Humane Society Puts Pressure on South Carolina's Bear Baying

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The training exercise called bear baying is intended to make the bears easier to shoot in the wild and it's only allowed in South Carolina. And while South Carolina's attorney general says animal cruelty laws prohibit bear baying, he hasn't prosecuted any cases. Tags: animal cruelty blood sport south carolina humane society bears hunting Ugh, this is barbaric and right out of the dark ages. From the AP.

What is the State Bird of South Carolina?

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After spending the weekend along the South Carolina coast, I can say with confidence that I saw dozens and dozens of South Carolina’s state bird: both the original and the current version. Though South Carolina first chose the Northern Mockingbird as its state bird, in 1948 the general assembly changed its mind. Less than ten years later the issue was taken up again, and this time the Carolina Wren given its rightful place as a state symbol.

South Carolina Only State that Bans Capturing Marine Mammals for Display

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A German Naturalist in South Carolina

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This is an extremely long blog post by a German naturalist visiting South Carolina. It is written in German but you can get the English-language Google translation and then it will make even less sense for English speakers. But the pictures, the pictures! Thanks to Jochen for the link. Asides

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair With Nature

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Once he was a black child, and he grew up on a farm in Edgefield County, South Carolina, surrounded by protected woodlands and troubled human history. Reviews book review race South CarolinaThe nature memoir – a blend of place-based writing with life story – has been having a “moment” that’s lasted two decades and counting.

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The Grand Old Hawkwatch of the South

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It has earned the right to stand among the big boys, and is well worth your time should you find yourself in western South Carolina on a windy September day. Birding Birds hawkwatch South CarolinaHawkwatches on the northern half of the Appalachians get a lot of press.

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Waderfest!

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Call it climate change, call it habitat restoration (in truth, it’s probably a little of both), but as far north as South Carolina you can find much of the same diversity in impressive concentrations, without the proximity to saccharine, nausea-inducing theme parks (though I’m told that proximity is actually a selling point for some. I discovered this surprising water bird bonanza at Huntington Beach State Park in Georgetown County, South Carolina.

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Cute Baby Alpaca at Hollywild!

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OneMinuteNews crew took a quick visit to the local Hollywild Animal Park in Upstate, South Carolina. We were told that Miguel, a new baby Alpaca, had just been born there – and wanted to pay him a quick visit. Check out the short video below, and see how adorable Miguel is: cute animals cute video

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Man Kills Gull with Baseball Bat

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Louis Hoppmann III has been charged with animal cruelty after hitting a gull with a baseball bat on the aptly named Folly Beach in South Carolina. He claims he was just trying to scare the birds away from his food, but that sounds like a post-hoc explanation to me… a. Asides

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Clemson Researcher Investigates Impacts of Cages on Laying Hens

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In South Carolina egg sales tally about $90 million annually. It's a study funded by the US Department of Agriculture. One would think it would be elementary. Crowded and filthy conditions mean suffering for hens. But it's not just about the hens.it's s about the money. How much suffering can and should they endure without significantly affecting the human pocketbook. Or corporate net income. From the Clemson press release.

Time for Lights Out Myrtle Beach?

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After “ mysterious bird deaths ” that are pretty obviously caused by crashing into buildings in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina it is past time to figure out how to mitigate the damage. The video you can find at the link, which features footage of a variety of dead birds, is rather sad.

Chaser, the dog that knows 1000 words! #Chaser1000

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The story of Chaser actually begins with Yasha, the faithful companion of John Pilley, emeritus professor of psychology at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Most dog lovers will tell you that their dog is smart. In fact, it’s something that dog owners have known for some time, that dogs do indeed know what we are saying. Sometimes, they might even know too much! Just try tricking your pup into going to the vet or getting a bath!

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Thank a Republican for Trying to Strip All Protections from Migratory Birds

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But this attempt by Congressmen Duncan of South Carolina to completely prevent any enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is beyond the pale, even for bird-hating Republicans. This is not the first time that I have pointed out the perfidy of Republicans in United States government as it relates to birds or conservation.

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Animals as Raw Material

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At Clemson University, such products are being tested at the South Carolina school's Animal Co-Products Research & Education Center, says center Director Annel Greene. I came across this article in USA Today entitled "Waste not, want not: Companies find uses for leftover animal parts."

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7 State Parks for Fall Colors and Birding

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Grandfather Mountain State Park, North Carolina. Table Rock State Park, South Carolina. Leaves and birds in the Appalachian Mountains. From now through the first week of November (2018) autumn leaves are peaking along the ridges and valleys of the Appalachians. This time of year is doubly good if you’re also a birder! Here is a list of my favorite mountain state parks to visit during the first brisk days of fall (and into the winter). North Bend State Park, West Virginia.

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Wilson’s Plovers in Folly Beach, Charleston

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They are listed as threatened in South Carolina, with approximately 375 pairs of nesting plovers. Charleston is a beautiful place for a wedding, and at the end of May that’s just where I was headed to watch a good friend tie the knot. Since the wedding didn’t start until 6:30 p.m., I was left with most of the day to explore and look for birds.

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Machi the Whimbrel Gunned Down by Hunters

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This is a bird that flew over 3,400 miles in one flight from Brazil to South Carolina, an amazing bird that is representative of every other Whimbrel. Scientists at The Center for Conservation Biology have announced that Machi, a Whimbrel that they have tracked via a satellite transmitter for over two years and 44,000 kilometers (27,000 miles) was gunned down on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe (French West Indies).

Shorebirds in Abaco, Bahamas

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I had only seen that distinctive feature once before, on the much darker sands of Folly Beach in South Carolina. Abaco is beautiful. My family and I were staying at the edge of a sand beach, facing a wide flat in a house charmingly named “Bone Ami.” ” The color blue dominated the senses, changing from a deeper hue during high tide to nearly silver at the lowest ebb. The best part?

Good news for the Wood Stork

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The wood stork occurs and breeds in Central and South America. Wood storks primarily breed in Central and South Florida. Since listing, sound science, work towards habitat protection, acquisition and restoration and regulatory reforms its range has expanded north and west, and now includes portions of North Carolina and Mississippi, with significant nesting in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

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February Birding in Tybee Island, Georgia

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The south end of the island at low tide is greatly expanded by a huge expanse of sand bars where shorebirds like Willets and Red Knots feed. But I might have eked out a few more species on Tybee Island itself if I hadn’t spent the Friday morning of our week there exploring in South Carolina. Yellow-rumped Warblers were around in numbers everywhere but if I heard Carolina Chickadees I would usually find other species traveling with them.

Rev. Bachman’s Lost Warbler

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As a social reformer in antebellum Charleston, South Carolina, his influence in human rights circles – he insisted on educating African slaves and had an integrated congregation in Charleston, the cruel heart of the slave industry, before the American Civil War – loomed as large as his influence in the local natural history scene, which was significant. Rightly or wrongly, there’s an hierarchy of extinct birds in North America, in the United States in particular.

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10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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After those five, there are relative handful with over 100 species: North Carolina (172), Michigan (159), Arizona (155), Washington (144), North Dakota (141!), Many of these “missing” states are in the Midwest or deep South, far from most of the writers. Since 2016, writers at 10,000 Birds have been contributing checklists to a joint eBird account called the “10,000 Birds Collaborative.”

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The Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Wish List

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Got to finish browsing for the fawns and collecting chiggers,” wrote Becky, from an island off North Carolina. Out of over 30 respondents, almost everyone wanted money for better facilities, paid staff, on-call veterinarians, emergency vehicles, food, and protected land – from Terry and Lindsay in California to Cindy in Michigan, from Sally in Kentucky to Mickie in South Dakota, and Lisa and Lia in New York. It’s August, and first on the menu is: Fried Rehabber.

Knowing your Cutlery Birds

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Here in the southern reaches of North America, we’re fortunate to have opportunities to view birds that are far more common far more south – like neotropics south – with some regularity. You Yankees may have your nesting warblers and winter finches, but in the sunny south we are wild with waders, which have the advantage of not only being generally gaudier, but much much easier to photograph. Birds North Carolina Roseate Spoonbill

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Zero Gravity Brewing Company: Bobolink Saison

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Zero Gravity brews Bobolink Saison with organic malt and jasmine rice, the latter being a sly nod to one of the many old folk nicknames for the Bobolink – “ricebird”, given for the blackbird’s fondness for feeding on cultivated grains on their annual autumn journey to South America. Birders know that the pairing of farms and birds represents more than mere bucolic romance – it’s a match borne out of a real avian dependence on these man-made landscapes.

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Introduction to Winter Sparrows of South Florida

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We are just too far south for any of the above mentioned species, but that is not to say that we do not get any sparrows at all. While one can encounter sparrows in a wide variety of habitats from South Carolina to Louisiana, the species that decide to winter in southeast Florida are much more particular in habitat choice, concentrating in abandoned or fallow agricultural fields, edges of degraded and weedy scrubland, and isolated patches of rank wetland vegetation from October to March.

In defense of county listing

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My latest, and ongoing, project, akin in some ways to a Big Year, is the Carolina Century Project , in which I try to accumulate at least 100 species in as many of North and South Carolina’s combined 146 counties as I can. Case in point, this past weekend I headed south to the sandhills to find a Western Tanager that had been visiting a feeder in Moore County. My name is Nate. And I keep county lists.

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The Vulturine Storks

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Of course, I’m speaking of the mysterious Wood Stork , Mycteria americana , the only representative of that famous family to regularly occur north of the Mexican border and present in large numbers along the northern coast of South Carolina, where I found myself a couple weekends back. Its the only member of the genus Mycteria in the New World, the rest of its cogeners, a handful of other bald and nearly bald Storks with long curved bills, hail from East Africa and South Asia.

2011 60

Lost on the Space Coast

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A denizen of the brackish shallows all along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts regularly found as far north as South Carolina. There are a handful of sites in North America that can justifiably be considered must visits for birders. It’s only a small surprise that a significant proportion of those sites are in Florida.

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Still the Same Hawk: A Review of a Book about Nature and New York by a Native New Yorker

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Dara Ross, a writer and teacher, recreates the feeling of community shared in a working-class immigrant neighborhood by the spontaneous creation of a “Corner Garden” The garden is reclaimed from a garbage-filled lot; the neighborhood people, old and young, from small islands in the Caribbean and South Carolina, clean the lot and plant flowers and vegetables that have meaning to them.

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Sarah Palin Secretary of Energy or the Interior?

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Now South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is floating Ted Cruz to fill the SCOTUS vacancy. As of this posting Donald Trump LOST the popular vote of the 2016 presidential election by over 1,000,000 votes. So if you hear anyone try to claim that Trump has a mandate, feel free to laugh in their face. The latest news of the Donald’s cabinet picks should make any conservation minded person very nervous. According to National Public Radio (NPR).

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