SAVE THE DATE: Spring Beech Sweep on Daufuskie

Spring Beach Sweep On Daufuskie
Saturday April 11, 2015 – 9:30 A.M.

The Daufuskie Island Conservancy and the Haig Point Environmental Committee will organize a Spring Beach Sweep on April 11, 2015. Volunteers are asked to gather at one of two locations on Daufuskie:

  • Beach Road Gazebo at Bloody Point
  • Calibogue Beach Club at Haig Point

Last September forty three volunteers scoured five plus miles of beachfront and filled fifty two trash bags. This adds up to 280 pounds of debris cleared from our beach. In addition, more than 200 pieces of wood and construction materials were hauled in five trailer loads to the county dump.

This promoted the need for a semi-annual clean up. Special thanks to Haig Point, Melrose on the Beach and Bloody Point for their generous contribution of food and beverages. More information to come as the date approaches.

Recycling Notes

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Haig Point Recycling Center Today

The average individual in the U.S. generates 4.5 pounds of trash every day – about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. Although the EPA estimates that 75 percent of solid waste is recyclable, only about 30 percent is actually recycled and less than 50% of residential households participate in a recycling program. These statistics make the success of Haig Point’s recycling program not just compelling but utterly astounding.

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Beach Sweep

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The Daufuskie Island Conservancy and the Haig Point Environmental Committee organized a local Beach Sweep for Daufuskie Island on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The overcast sky and moderate temperature made for a perfect day to hunt for litter.

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Change Is In the Air

Our Board of Directors is extremely pleased to announce that Jenny Hersch will become the new Education Coordinator for the Conservancy.  Jenny’s passion for learning will resonate strongly with our mission to protect island land and wildlife.  The Conservancy BoD sadly bids farewell to Yvonne Clemons, past Education Coordinator, and wishes her the best in her upcoming Master Naturalist program.  Yvonne plans to continue her role as an advocate for the environment while serving on the Haig Point Environmental Committee.

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The Bat House Project

Bats play a key role in the balance of nature. They feed on nectar and pollinate countless plants. They help disperse seeds which play a major role in the regeneration of forests. Bats are nocturnal, hunting at dawn, dusk and night and as such, are primary predators of night-flying insects, consuming vast quantities of mosquitoes, gnats, agricultural and yard pests. Each little brown bat can consume 1,000 or more mosquito-size insects in a single hour. Bat biologists have documented that a single colony of 150 brown bats, which could easily live in one bat house, can eliminate 38,000 cucumber beetles, 16,000 June bugs, 19,000 stinkbugs and 50,000 leafhoppers each summer.

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Daufuskie Island Conservancy Hosts Successful Fundraiser

DIConservancyLOGOOn April 16th, eighty five island residents and visitors attended the annual Earth Day event sponsored by the the Daufuskie Island Conservancy. The day’s activities included a fascinating talk on “Prehistoric South Carolina” by Bruce Lampright, master naturalist and amateur paleontologist. Attendees learned that recent fossil discoveries provide strong evidence that the area now known as South and North Carolina were in fact once connected to the African continent. Lampright also gave an overview of prehistoric mammals prevalent in this region, including such giant mammals as a half-ton saber toothed tiger and a Volkswagon-sized armadillo. Saber-toothed Tiger tusks, giant shark teeth, and other impressive artifacts from our region were on display.

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Daufuskie Community Farm News

Our farm has grown by feet….baby kid (goat)feet, poultry(turkey) feet and duckling feet ( ducks )! Please join us in congratulating our turkey Ginger on her beautiful brood born May 5, 2014; Zelda on her handsome son, F. Spot Fitzgerald (when you see him you will understand) and Chabbie. After a difficult delivery (many thanks to her nurses Amanda and Martha) Chabbie gave birth to 3 almost identical triplets on May 4th, 2014. Congrats also for the 14 ducklings hatched by ‘Mama’ Lynell Linke. We are expecting 13 baby geese in the mail in 2 weeks. They will be fostered for a few weeks by some of the farm workers.

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SPRING IS SPRUNG

This winter struck me as a more “normal” winter than we have had over the past several years. It was the way winters used to be; lots of cold wind, rain, sleet, and some snow thrown in for good measure. Back in the good ol’ days, much time was spent cutting wood with an ax and hauling it home to bust and get in the wood box behind the stove. That cutting and hauling kept a body warm for a long time.

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The Daufuskie Turtle Team

“Protecting Sea Turtles One Nest At At Time”

What you can do to help sea turtles in South Carolina!

  • Obey local and county lighting ordinances.
  • Do not shine lights on a sea turtle or take flash photography.
  • Turn out all exterior lights (flood and deck) visible from the beach, dusk to dawn, from May through October.
  • Close blinds and drapes on windows to shield interior lights that can be seen from the beach or ocean.
  • No flashlights, fireworks or bonfires on the beach.
  • Encourage your local and county administrations to enforce their lighting ordinances.
  • Do not disturb a nesting sea turtle and observe her only from a distance.
  • When boating, look out for sea turtles both insure and offshore. Sea turtle mortality from boat interaction is on the rise.
  • Fill large holes dug on the beach at the end of the day because adult and hatchling turtles can become trapped in them.
  • Remove tents, chairs and other items from the beach and dunes at the end of the day that could obstruct a sea turtle when nesting.
  • Adopt-a-Nest (www.seaturtle.org/nestdb/adopt)
  • No unauthorized vehicles are allowed on Beaufort County Beaches.
  • There were 86 nests on our beaches in 2013.

More information:

Susan Card, 843-812-7608

Robin Boedeker, 843-530-3209

Tammy Helmuth, 843-247-5941

Conservancy Initiative to Clean Up of Dump Sites

In the fall of 2012, several vacant lots in the Historic District were identified as needing to be cleaned up due to dumping that has taken place over the years. These sites were “trashed” with items ranging from an oil tanker to lumber, paint cans, insulation, kitchen cabinets, piles of aluminum cans, and everything in between. The property owners were contacted in order to obtain their permission for the Conservancy to clean up these properties.

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