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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 […]

It's Bluebird Time Again, Y'all!

Well, it seems like our winter has been sporadic and hints of spring keep popping up here and there with 70 degree temperatures and beautiful days.  Along with the warm temperatures, we’re not the only ones getting spring fever.  Our bluebirds are pairing up and starting their spring cleaning in bluebird houses across the Lowcountry. It may seem a little early, but February is usually the time to clean out […]

It's Bluebird Time Again, Y'all!

Well, it seems like our winter has been sporadic and hints of spring keep popping up here and there with 70 degree temperatures and beautiful days.  Along with the warm temperatures, we’re not the only ones getting spring fever.  Our bluebirds are pairing up and starting their spring cleaning in bluebird houses across the Lowcountry. It may seem a little early, but February is usually the time to clean out […]

“In Defense of the Turkey Vulture”

Let me just say that I think all animals are beautiful.  I’m not trying to get on my soapbox to start preaching, but I think there are many degrees of beauty and I think we get caught up in the cute and cuddly, but don’t share any love for some other critters that may appear to be “ugly” but when looked at a little closer, are beautiful. One critter that […]

Northern Harrier – Filling a Niche

In the winter, the Lowcountry of South Carolina has a tremendous diversity of birds that migrate through and reside in this area.  Due to the variety of wetlands and other habitats, this area attracts songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, and many other birds. One of the most fascinating to me is the Northern Harrier or Marsh Hawk (Circus cyaneus).  This raptor or bird of prey has adapted to fill a niche that […]

Fantastic Foxes

South Carolina’s Lowcountry is home to a tremendous diversity of plants and animals and this is due to the many different varieties of habitats found along the coast. Maritime forests, bottomland hardwood forests, wetlands, salt and brackish marshes, dry and sandy dunes, open fields, pastures, and grasslands, and many others. It is because of this diversity that the Lowcountry is able to support both species of fox found in the […]

Gray Tree frogs –Trillin’ in the Treetops”

“With the nights getting cooler, our tree frogs are getting active and one frog in particular stands out. The gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor) is a small, cryptically colored tree frog that hangs out high in the trees and is rarely seen by casual observers. This master of camouflage expresses its joy for cooler nights by filling the cool night air with a short and melodious trill. The call, usually […]

The Beautiful Box Turtle

As a budding young naturalist, I was always out in the backyard, up in the woods, and out in the garden, looking for critters.  I can remember vividly discovering my first box turtle, on the edge of a wet area in the swamp behind my house.  I remember being astonished at the shell coloration, the bright orange spots on the front and back feet, the bold orange eye, etc., but […]

“Black Racer – Deceiving Speed”

One of the most common snakes that can be seen in the Lowcountry is the Black Racer (Coluber constrictor).  It is a large snake, but thin, and can grow to almost 5 feet in length, making it a formidable looking snake, but harmless.  It is, as its name implies, black in color, with some of the snakes having a white chin or some other white coloration on the underside, which […]

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