KING Oyster Reef Restoration Tour
Thursday, November 16th

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Co-Chair Scott Nelson. 843-277-2823
Co-Chair Jay Smith. m 843-822-9807

The weather gods smiled on a KING group of 27 for a presentation and site visit of restored oyster beds in the Intracoastal Waterway and the northern part of the Cape Romaine National Wildlife Refuge. Hosted by Joy Brown of The Nature Conservancy, we boarded two boats (from Coastal Expeditions) to visit four oyster reef and bed sites restored by the Conservancy’s efforts since 2009. Timed for low tide, we were able to see the exposed tops of the Eastern Oyster beds, the species of oyster found in the Low Country and all up and down the eastern seaboard. Following a muddy but interesting close-up look at one of the restoration projects, Coastal Expeditions took us on a wildlife-intensive exploration of the Refuge. Though we only had time to see a portion of the over 30,000 acres of pristine salt marsh and 35,000 acres of beaches, hammock islands and maritime forest, dolphins, eagles, ospreys, hawks and kingfishers were among our animal sighting highlights.

Next up is the ArborGen, Inc. lab tour on December 7th. Be sure to let Sandy Williams know if you would like to attend. Have a terrific Thanksgiving, Jay & Scott.


Gathering the Herd

Our Chariot Awaits
Boat Number 2


Welcome to McClellanville

Joy Brown Opening Remarks

The Group
Comfy in Boat # 2
Cruising on the ICW
Oyster Castles 2009
Making a Point
Closing in for the Joint Lecture
Oyster Castle
The Rare and Unusual Snowbird
Boeing Reef
Boeing Reef Detail
High Flyer
Final Approach
After Touchdown
Eagle Perch
Eagle Departure
Awaiting Departure
Men in Boats
Barefoot Shredder
Taking a Break in the Boneyard
In the Boneyard
Serious Boots
Oyster Reef Shoreline Backfill
Oyster Castles Lost to the Tide
On Cue Performance
Juvenile Coopers Hawk
Eyes on the Prize
Juvenile Coopers Hawk in Flight
Kingfisher Weather Monitor
Miami Man
Kingfisher and Crow
Perfect Afternoon on the ICW