KING Oyster Reef Restoration Tour
Thursday, November 16th

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Co-Chair Scott Nelson. cscottnels@gmail.com 843-277-2823
Co-Chair Jay Smith. kiawahking@gmail.co m 843-822-9807
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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
 
Scott
 
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