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Beaufort's Wild Marsh Ponies: Before and After Human Intervention

BOL Exclusive Follow-Up with Susan Trogdon: Knowing the passion that my best friend and I have for paddling and wildlife, someone asked if I had ever seen Beaufort’s wild marsh ponies. We did our research and kayaked the difficult waters in hopes of seeing them. Our first trip was early last year, and as we got closer, we could see them grazing in the marsh and paying us no attention. We couldn’t […]

Sometimes, A Glimpse is All We Need...

Recently, I was at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, just a short distance from Beaufort, SC for a half day of wildlife photography and slowly cruising along the wildlife drive, looking for anything to photograph.  This wildlife refuge is truly one of our Lowcountry treasures and, as a naturalist and wildlife photographer, it is a great place to see an astounding diversity of the flora and fauna that make the […]

Sometimes, A Glimpse is All We Need...

Recently, I was at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, just a short distance from Beaufort, SC for a half day of wildlife photography and slowly cruising along the wildlife drive, looking for anything to photograph.  This wildlife refuge is truly one of our Lowcountry treasures and, as a naturalist and wildlife photographer, it is a great place to see an astounding diversity of the flora and fauna that make the […]

No-see-ums: Scourge of Beaufort

You are enjoying a warm and sunny Saturday morning watching your child’s game on the bleachers when you are swarmed by tiny, hungry little gnats. The bites leave white swollen dots surrounded by irritated red skin. Sand gnats are blood-sucking insects that live in sandy and moist areas like we have here on the marshy coast. They come in all different shapes and sizes, but around here, they are so […]

Ever Heard of 'Possum on the Half-Shell?

I remember camping on Cumberland Island, right off the coast in southern Georgia, and getting surprised by a family of armadillos.  I was in my hammock, surrounded by thickets of saw palmetto that were only divided by leaf covered paths.  In the middle of the night, I heard a rustling in the leaves and thickets and hopped out of my hammock to see what the ruckus was (it’s important to […]

Ever Heard of 'Possum on the Half-Shell?

I remember camping on Cumberland Island, right off the coast in southern Georgia, and getting surprised by a family of armadillos.  I was in my hammock, surrounded by thickets of saw palmetto that were only divided by leaf covered paths.  In the middle of the night, I heard a rustling in the leaves and thickets and hopped out of my hammock to see what the ruckus was (it’s important to […]

A Wonderful Bird is the Pelican

Pelicans are pretty unique birds and are easily recognized.  Here in the Lowcountry, they are known as the “Lowcountry Coastal Air Force”, due to their ability to fly in tight formation literally right over the water, wheeling in the air, and just putting on spectacular displays of diving and splashing for their prey. Here in the Lowcountry, our most common pelican is the brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), although American White […]

Look, Up in the Sky!

We are extremely fortunate to have a diversity of raptors (birds of prey) that are found throughout the year here in the Lowcountry.  One bird that is actually pretty common, but most people haven’t seen is the Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis).  This graceful, soaring, and acrobatic bird is related to the hawks, but they can frequently be seen soaring and diving just overhead, especially over the golf course, pastures, and […]

Poisonous Snakes and Spiders in Beaufort South Carolina

I was visiting with a friend in Beaufort, South Carolina over the weekend when he received a phone call from his colleague.  He was supposed to go repair his pick-up; however, due to the fellow being struck on the hand by a rattle snake, repairs on the vehicle were put on hold. This little incident, though had no direct impact on me or my family, it did make me think about […]

The Boys of Summer

Spring and summer are times when the “boys” really shine!  By that, I mean that all of our songbirds (most of which migrate to our area and breed during the summer and then migrate back south) are here and the males are in their breeding plumage.  In birds, in most situations, the male is brightly colored to stand out and the female, charged with laying eggs and concealing those eggs […]

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