CHARLESTON — A new Public Event Series began this February and will continue through May, offering the general public with seminar and field experience opportunities to learn about our natural resources.
The Marine Resources Division of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hosted the new Public Event Series free of charge beginning Feb. 6, continuing the series every two weeks.
DNR Project Coordinator Kim Counts hopes the series will increase the public’s understanding of marine resources, the importance of conservation and the significance of historical preservation in the Lowcountry. According to Counts, “While raising awareness of these important topics and increasing the public’s understanding of DNR projects and goals, this series also aims to present information in an interactive format, encouraging understanding from an audience that may not have a strong science background.”
The events range in format from seminar, lecture and discussion, to hands-on identification and field outings. Pre-registration is required for each event listed in the Public Event Series and space is limited. To register for events, directions and other information about the Public Event Series, contact Counts at 843-953-9354 or CountsK@dnr.sc.gov.
• The series offers a lecture on “South Carolina Sharks,” from 5:30–7 p.m., March 21. The seminar at the Marine Resources Division auditorium will feature footage of shark research conducted offshore as well as an identification tutorial.
• In April, a “Wood Stork Habitat and Nesting” field experience is scheduled for April 13 at Dungannon Heritage Preserve. The guided interpretation will entail a hike into the wood stork nesting area and birds potentially seen include red-shouldered hawk, barred owl and pileated woodpecker among other species.
• The “History of the ACE Basin” boat outing will be held from 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m., April 19 beginning at the McKenzie Field Station at Bennett’s Point in the ACE Basin. The interpretation and tour via catamaran E/V Discovery will feature historical uses of marsh islands such as phosphate mining and rice cultivation.
• The public is invited to “Discover Hammock Islands” on May 11 in the ACE Basin. The seminar and boat outing will focus on plants and animals that exist in these types of isolated habitats. Participants will be given an opportunity to learn first-hand about Hammock islands from a DNR expert.
• The History of Fort Johnson and its Roles in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars will be offered from 6:30–8 p.m., May 23 at the Marine Resources Division auditorium. Following the historical presentation, a walking tour of the area will afford participants a sight of historical remnants, including a powder magazine, earthworks and remnants of batteries.