Oyster Shell Recycling, Renourishment and Management
The Coastal Discovery Museum will host Ben Dyar on February 6 at 3 pm for this program. Oysters are a keystone species in our estuaries and play many critical roles. Come and learn why they are so important and why DNR is returning oyster shell back to our estuaries.
We will discuss one-way DNR is managing South Carolina’s oyster habitat and ways that you can help. Dyar has been with DNR for 15 years and is the head of SCDNR Shellfish Management. Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223.
Shore Bird Migration
The Coastal Discovery Museum will host Nicholas Wallover, the Regional Biologist for the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve on February 7 at 3 pm for this program about our shorebirds. Every spring, thousands of shorebirds utilize South Carolina’s beach and marsh habitats. These habitats provide critical stopover areas for birds on their northbound migration to breeding sites, while others will nest in these beautiful coastal landscapes of South Carolina. Come learn about the important role SC plays in the lifecycle of spring migrants and local nesting species, and what we can do to protect this incredible part of our state’s natural heritage. Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223.
Bottlenose dolphins in South Carolina: Populations at risk?
The Coastal Discovery Museum will host Wayne McFee on February 27 at 3 pm for this program on dolphins.Bottlenose dolphins are arguably South Carolina’s most charismatic, easily accessible marine animal providing a huge impact on coastal economies. Yet their existence in the near future could be threatened by climate change, increased coastal human development, increased noise, and other factors. Mr. McFee has been at NOAA in South Carolina for 26 years as the Coastal Marine Mammal Assessments Program lead, with prior experience as a trainer of pinnipeds and dolphins at the New England Aquarium and as a Walter Quality Manager at SCDHEC. Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223.
The Coastal Discovery Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.