Join South Carolina Wildlife Federation for a visit to beautiful Nemours Plantation on the banks of the Combahee River in the ACE Basin. This class will explore the rich diversity of wildlife in the ACE Basin with special emphasis on Bald Eagles, American Alligators, and wading birds. You will hear how the rice culture impacted wildlife habitat, learn how wildlife adapted, and current conservation efforts across the ACE Basin.
To start the day, Dr. Ernie Wiggers, executive director of the Nemours Wildlife Foundation, will share the amazing history of the property and the work of the foundation.
Dr. Al Segars (retired South Carolina Department of Natural Resources veterinarian) will share the story of the ACE Basin and impacts of rice culture on the landscape.
Tom Murphy will share his work as endangered species biologist with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources working with Bald Eagles, wading birds and American Alligators. Tom has decades of experience working with threatened and endangered species.
Tom, Al and Nemours are currently working together with Clemson University on a satellite transmitter project tracking movement of American Alligators in the SC lowcountry.
Following a break and lunch, the group will board a wagon for an open-air tour of the property (weather permitting).
Where: This training will take place at Nemours Plantation, in the ACE Basin. Physical address is: 161 Nemours Plantation Road, Yemassee, SC 29945. Registered participants will receive specific directions for the class. Those needing overnight lodging could stay in Beaufort or Walterboro. The Nemours Wildlife Foundation website can be found by clicking here.
When: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
9:00 am until 2:00 pm
Who: This training is open to the public. No prior knowledge is required. Minimum age is 16. For SC Master Naturalists, this event can count as Advanced Training. Lunch will last thirty minutes, so depending on when we finish, this will count for approximately four & a half hours of training.
If you are not a Master Naturalist, just come have fun with us. Participants will also receive contact info of other participants to allow for carpooling to the area.
Other Important Notes:
• If available, bring binoculars.
• Restrooms are available at Nemours Plantation.
• Participants should bring a bag lunch and water and be prepared for a day in the field.
• There is no rain date for this event. We will make every effort to hold it, even in a few rain showers. If it looks like a deluge, we'll notify you of cancellation and refund your money.
• After registering, you will receive important correspondence via email. If you change your email between now and then, make sure to notify us.
Cost: The cost is $60.00 per person and limited to the first 20 people that register.
Questions? Contact Sara Green through email.
This class is currently full - please email Sara Green, SCWF Director of Education, to be placed on a waiting list in case anyone cancels, or in case the trip is repeated.
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Photos by: Brian Fox, Reggie Daves, and Frank Baker.