In a recent Post and Courier article, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expressed great concern about the recovery of the endangered right whale. There are only about 450 left and 17 of them have died so far in 2017. There are only 100 breeding females. The Northeast regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries stated: “You have to use the extinction word, because that’s where the trend lines say they are.”
SCWF board member Calvert Huffines of Walterboro (center) recently joined Audubon South Carolina's Matt Johnson (left) and Conservation Voters of South Carolina member Tom Erwin (right) in Washington DC. They met with Senator Lindsey Graham, and also with staff from the offices of Senator Tim Scott, Representative Mark Sanford, and Representative Jim Clyburn. Topics discussed included our opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and to selling of public lands for mining, and our support of full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Congratulations to these winners of our 2017 Photo Contest! We had great participation in the contest this year, click here to see ALL the entries. Our board & staff had a particularly difficult time choosing winners because there were so many fantastic entries! First place in each category wins $100. Click here for information on next year's contest!
For the first time, SCWF is offering very rare "environmental" prints from Artist Jim Booth in an online auction. Bidding is open now and will continue until December 11th at 12 noon. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the wildlife education and conservation programs of the SCWF. These 5 unframed prints up for auction are Artist Jim Booth signed and numbered limited edition and very rare "environmental" prints with gold seals and certificates of authenticity
SCWF was elated to team up with Waccamaw River Blue Trail to host an event to honor the 20th anniversary of the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate our #PublicLands on Friday, December 1st. Attendees of this free event enjoyed refreshments and a free kayaking tour. Thank you to Craig Sasser for opening up your beautiful refuge to us and for speaking at the event, Gator Bait Adventure Tours for the use of your kayaks and guiding the tour, and of course, thanks to the supporters who came out! #saveourrefuge
Each year, SCWF produces a magazine to show how your donations are conserving and restoring South Carolina's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education and advocacy. If you have donated to SCWF or attended one of our events within the last year, you should have received a copy of this magazine in the mail. If not, please feel free to read it online here, and then consider donating through the link at the top of this page to help us continue this vital work!
We at SCWF are honored to be on this list! Stay tuned for more details about our habitat enhancement projects scheduled for 2018! The Duke Energy Foundation is investing nearly $500,000 in 14 South Carolina environmental nonprofit organizations. The grants will fund environmental projects, wildlife conservation efforts and environmental educational programs across the Duke Energy service territory in the state.
THANK YOU to Dr. John Nelson for leading our "Autumn Botany at Sesqui" class over the weekend and special thanks also to Sesquicentennial State Park for hosting us!
Here's a review from one of the class participants: "I have rarely enjoyed a class more than the one—too short and would love to see a follow up—with Dr. John Nelson. I have had too many classes to count on the structure and parts of a flower. I’ve labeled diagrams, memorized, and correctly identified them on tests over the years. But NEVER had I understood like I did with Dr. Nelson’s skilled teaching...."
The 24th edition of the Women's Outdoor Retreat was a wonderful success! We had 214 people attend this year's event, including 51 volunteer instructors & staff. We owe a HUGE THANK YOU to our sponsors at Cabela's & Hickory Knob State Resort Park for their support of this event each year. We are also pleased to have the support of several outfitters and organizations - these partnerships enable us to provide a wide variety of activities conducted by a diverse group of expert instructors. A special thank you is due to the numerous individual volunteers who so willingly donate their time to share their knowledge and expertise.
We had a wonderful "Spiders of September" class yesterday - we ended up with quite a long list of species! Huge thanks to Austin Jenkins for leading our group and sharing his wealth of knowledge. Below are a few photos from the event, find more photos in our Flickr album HERE.
My name's Kristin, and I was hired back in March as SCWF's new Manager of Development and Events. I'm a Columbia College alum who majored in Writing for Print and Digital Media, so with our Wild Summer's Night Auction & Wild Game Feast recently behind us, I wanted to bring you a blog post on exactly how my first auction went.
Many thanks again to all of the donors, corporate sponsors, board members, volunteers, and other supporters who made such a successful auction possible!
SCWF is part of a large coalition of National, State and Local groups that have been actively fighting oil and gas exploration and development off of our precious coast. We are vehemently opposed to drilling off of our coasts as it would lead to great losses of our fisheries and our tourist industry. Since seismic testing is the first step along the pathway to drilling and is itself harmful, we are also opposed to this harmful practice.
To a crowd of nearly 400 people, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation will be auctioning off just about anything anyone could ever want! There are beautiful works of art; jewelry; guided birding and wildlife-watching trips; hunting and fishing excursions, both in South Carolina and other amazing places; guided river and kayak tours; hunting and fishing equipment; and much more.
Read our op-ed in the Post and Courier about the act granting presidents the authority to designate public lands as national monuments.
Our public lands and waters are an American birthright and are the foundation of America’s $887 billion outdoor economy. Almost a dozen groups representing more than 100,000 sportsmen in South Carolina sent this letter to our senators and representatives in support of public lands across America. Please read and share.