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Not putting all our eggs in one basket. Esther Williams’ fireflies. Solar energy for conservatives. And climate change. Google “underground rivers.” The planning ruse. Show me the money. The bomb plant.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Folks, There was good news and bad news for nature (and humans) this week, and a few open-ended items. First, the open-ended. One of our board members emailed me two photographs of eggs washed up on the beach at Sullivan’s Island.  He wondered what bird they belonged to and where they came from.  Incisive analysis led me to conclude that they were pelican eggs (because they were three inches long and no other nesting seabird produces…

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Too much stuff. Water fall(out). CARTA (short)fall. Hands against drilling. Senator for drilling. Saving New York.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Folks, This week’s news summary features articles about stuff, and how we, as a society, are dealing with it. In the first article from the Post and Courier, Bo Petersen reports on the imminent (May 27) opening of the South Carolina Aquarium’s turtle rehabilitation hospital, the Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery Center. P&C: South Carolina Aquarium to open $5.3 million sea turtle clinic on Memorial Day Bo explains that sea turtle rehab has evolved from a…

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A dolphin met Mark Sanford

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It started with a song. Alice Morrisey moved to Sullivan’s Island in 1981, when she says the town was simply populated by retirees and aging hippies. A multi-family development project was proposed for the island, and Alice attended a public meeting with neighbors to watch others voice their opposition. Spontaneously, she stood up. “I didn’t have anything to say, but I started singing ‘they paved…

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I missed last week so this post is longer. (Sorry!) But it has great things in it!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Folks, This week we witnessed the next chapter in Google’s effort to withdraw 1.5 million gallons of groundwater a day from the Middendorf aquifer, one of the coast’s deep, ancient and threatened aquatic repositories.  The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control approved a water plan, (despite assurances that they would entertain further discussion before proceeding), and thus set the stage for action on Google’s pending permit. Mt. Pleasant Waterworks (and the Conservation League) have opposed…

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You deserve a high five ✋

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I am writing from the steps of the State House to let you know that you deserve a high five. The first regular session of the 122nd South Carolina General Assembly ended today, and it was a busy and successful one. Because of your calls and emails to your state legislators and your attendance at public hearings, we curbed progress on several bad bills and created forward momentum for positive issues. It was a great start to…

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Alligators ascending. Snakes alive! Nature on film. Rare brown pelicans, at Cornell, and on the Pelicam. Trump vs. Trump. Coal free Britain, for a day. Fatalities from potholes? Probably not. Keeping our republic.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We have an environment, madam, if you can keep it. Earth Day 2017, with homage to Benjamin Franklin. Folks, I hope you had the pleasure of spending Saturday outside.  There is so much going on – turtles are laying eggs, snakes are on the move, warblers and thrushes are returning from the tropics, alligators are basking on second floor Mt. Pleasant porches…  It’s a great time to celebrate nature! Re: the stair-climbing alligator, Bo Petersen with the Post and…

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Bees and cheese

Friday, April 21, 2017

GrowFood Carolina’s customers are all unique, and we’re lucky to work with a wide array of restaurants, retailers and institutions. Our collaboration ensures our community has access to local produce in their grocery store, work cafeteria and favorite food truck. The retail/restaurant hybrid is one of our favorite models because consumers have the opportunity to taste great local products and then take some home. Last year,…

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How GrowFood Carolina cultivates connections

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I wish I could share stories from every farm visit with you. Your support enables these visits, and they are by far the most important thing we do. I learn something new each time—and although operating as a ‘middle man’—GrowFood Carolina strives to market a farmer’s products as the farmers themselves would. Every once in a while, we are able to…

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In praise of trees. Highway funding basics. (It’s not about the money.) Offshore oil. (It’s not about energy independence.) Weigh in on the (automatic) stay. What’s up with conservation? Ombra mai fu.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ombra mai fu di vegetabile, cara ed amabile, soave più. From “Serse” by George Frederic Handel Folks,   I’ve spent a lot of the last week outdoors, both in the mountains and on the Black and Pee Dee rivers.  (This is my lame excuse for skipping last week’s e-mail.)  The forests are mystical this time of year, with fresh leaves bathing road and river edges in diffused green light.  In the mountains, silver bell and serviceberry flowers are emerging, and dogwoods…

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Lights, camera, pelicans!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Last summer, Wray Lemke walked out of his office to find his wife and business partner, Susanne, yelling at her computer monitor. The hoodlums, he thought. It’s the birds again. For more than two years, Wray has poured his time, energy and expertise into helping the Conservation League get our Pelicam running each season. The Pelicam project is a successful collaboration between the Conservation League, the South…

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