by Jenny Hersch
The Year of the Oyster is in full swing! The DI Conservancy, the DI Historical Foundation and the DI Elementary School — with help from the Haig Point Naturalist Program and the Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head — have organized an island-wide, year-long series of educational programs, field trips and social events celebrating the environmental, economic and cultural importance of the oyster — past, present and future.
One hundred forty people attended the kick-off oyster roast at Freeport Marina in February featuring freshly harvested oysters from the May River Oyster Company prepared by Freddy Grant and viewed PowerPoint presentations about the oyster life cycle with research and design by Daufuskie Island Elementary School students.
Julie Davis of the SC Sea Grant Consortium, Archaeologist Larry Lepionka and Nancy Hadley, Shellfish Program Manager for the SC Department of Natural Resource’s Office of Fisheries Management spoke to enthusiastic audiences at the Island House at Melrose Resort and the Strachan Mansion at Haig Point. Our oyster education continued with the DI Historical Foundation field trip to the Pin Point Heritage Museum on the Moon River that included a crab net making demonstration and a guided tour of their exquisitely restored oyster factory.
Tony Chase and Geoff Brunning continue working on the oyster shell recycling site at the Daufuskie Island Rum Company, and John Hill’s YOTO-ware is selling well and will be available at all YOTO events.
June 3 — Field trip to Lady’s Island Oyster Farm
June 4 — Horseshoe Crab Tagging at Bloody Point beach with Nicholas Wallover
June 8 — Living Shorelines with Peter Kingsley-Smith
June 14 — Field trip to the Sea Pines Preserve Shell Ring Dig
June 22 — Field trip to the Sea Pines Preserve Shell Ring Dig
Please check the Daufuskie Island Conservancy and the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation websites for more information.