South Carolina Wildlife Federation was recently awarded a federal grant to work with recreational anglers in four states. We will be partnering closely with the South Atlantic Marine Fisheries Council in its efforts to decrease mortality of snapper and grouper. This project is particularly important for the health of red snapper as regulators are in the early stages of re-opening the red snapper fishery for recreationists.
Leading a nationwide trend in community concern for habitat loss, Keowee Key has been officially designated an NWF Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). A Community Wildlife Habitat project creates multiple habitat areas in backyards, schoolyards, corporate properties, community gardens, parkland and other spaces. Keowee Key is the 112th community in the country and the 5th community in South Carolina to receive this honor.
The South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) has named Jay Keck as their new Habitat Education Manager. In this role, he will plan, coordinate, implement and oversee education programs designed to encourage the creation or enhancement of wildlife habitat in backyards, parks, schoolyards, and business property.
Calling all amateur photographers! The SCWF is holding their 16th Annual Wildlife Photography Contest. Send us your best pictures capturing the beauty of South Carolina’s nature – in your own backyard or our backyard – that being South Carolina’s natural landscapes and creatures. You may submit entries in three categories! Deadline October 31st.
SCWF is one of many organizations supporting a new SCDNR S.C. Coastal Bird Conservation Program to protect and restore rapidly disappearing coastal bird habitat. The pilot project is to raise approximately $2 million for the cost share needed for the restoration of Crab Bank with dredged material from the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. Crab Bank, an island created in Charleston Harbor with dredged material and former home to thousands of nesting coastal birds, has eroded to the point that it is unsuitable for bird use.
Once threatened with near extinction from habitat destruction and overharvesting, wood duck populations are now steady or increasing. SCWF is partnering with Duke Energy, SCDNR and the Lake Wateree Association to increase wood duck populations by constructing and erecting 80 wood duck nesting boxes in the on the shorelines of Lake Wateree, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Rocky Creek, Cedar Creek Reservoirs, the Wateree River, and smaller ponds in between.
A year ago this week, War was declared on America’s lands when President Trump signed Executive Order 13792. This unprecedented action put 26 National Monuments on the chopping block for review and possible reduction in size. The President had already appointed Ryan Zinke as Interior Department Secretary, and he became the point person for carrying out the executive order. Over the past year, Secretary Zinke has expanded the war on numerous fronts through his political appointments, his department re-organization fumbling, his shunning of wildlife management and sound science and his devotion to energy conglomerates and large-scale agriculture.
SCWF had a wonderful event at Harbor Island on April 29 & 30, 2018 to observe and learn about Horseshoe Crabs & their spawning cycles, and the shorebirds that depend on the Horseshoe Crabs! HUGE THANK YOU to Dr. Al Segars (retired veterinarian & wildlife biologist with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources) and Nick Wallover (veteran shorebird biologist with SCDNR) for sharing their expertise with our group!
Dr. Al Segars just retired from SC Department of Natural Resources. He has seen up close the tremendous toll plastics have taken on marine mammals, sea turtles and fisheries. On behalf of SCWF he wrote this letter to legislators last week as they consider tying the hands of local governments and prohibiting them from placing restrictions on plastic debris. It is an extremely serious problem and gets worse by the day since plastics do not biodegrade.
Please contact your state senator and ask that he or she vote against the legislation that would tie the hands of cities, town and counties from doing what is best for their local citizens.
With the passage of a Conservation Bank re-authorization bill in the SC House of Representatives, we are a big step closer to extending the life of this state agency that has been the single most important factor in the preservation and conservation of some of our most precious natural resources. We are grateful for the overwhelming vote in the House today and especially for the leadership of Rep. Brian White and others who championed the Conservation Bank.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend, and YOU can participate in collecting data on current bird populations right from your own backyard! For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 16-19, 2018, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish!
Ninety percent of a bird's diet consists of insects, even those birds that you see at your feeders. In the winter, the insect population (important source of protein) is low and the availability of berries (important source of fat) is limited. In the spring, birds need lots of energy to build nests and families. You can help by making homemade suet, which birds prefer to the bought kind. Lard can be purchased at many local grocery stores - call ahead to make sure that they have it. If you hang the suet near your other feeders, the birds will discover it quickly!
Check out our 2017 Year in Review video! Thank you to all of our donors and sponsors who make our education and conservation programs possible! SCWF's mission is to conserve and restore South Carolina's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education and advocacy. Please consider making a donation and helping us to continue, and to expand, these programs in 2018! Donate online through our secure giving portal here.
Your tax-deductible gift today will give us an important boost as we look to make 2018 the best year in our history! As we leave 2017, our hope for 2018 is that we can continue to grow more effective in boldly representing ALL outdoor enthusiasts. We have been working hard to plan for the new year, and those plans center around reaching new members of all types of backgrounds. We are working on debuting new events to bring supporters together, strengthening our forces and making us unstoppable in the fight for conservation and advocacy.
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.