Friends of Coastal SC

Friends of Coastal South Carolina Friends Group of the Refuges of SC Lowcountry - ACE Basin, Cape Romain, and Waccamaw, as well as Francis Marion National Forest.

The guiding vision of Friends of Coastal South Carolina is shaped by our dedication to preserving the ecosystems and wildlife of the South Carolina coast for future generations. To that end we support the respective missions of our coastal national wildlife refuges and forest through active participation in programs and projects that enhance these treasured resources. We work to instill a conservation ethic in students and encourage the next generation of scientists through our environmental education programs. Using our public lands as classrooms, our programs stimulate students’ interest in science and provide opportunities to participate in environmental stewardship projects. In addition to encouraging stewardship of our public lands through education, we also promote citizen stewardship through volunteer opportunities and advocacy.

Operating as usual

Photos from Friends of Coastal SC's post 09/15/2021

So excited for our first program of the school year at Plantersville Elementary! These 5th graders are getting their "Intro to Earth Stewards" lesson today. If you're interested in our 8 lesson, standards based program for environmental education, please send me a message!
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#education #plantersville #georgetown #friendsofcoastalsc #earthstewards #envrionmentaleducation #learning #environmentalscience

Photos from Friends of Coastal SC's post 09/09/2021

Come hike at the Sewee Center! Open 9-5, we have a mile long loop trail that lets you view the Red Wolves and see Nebo Ponds.it takes you through wetlands, past a pond, over a stream, and through the forest. There's so much to see! The trail is partially covered in boardwalk to get through the wetlands and then opens up to a grassy path. Stay tuned for some critters you can find on the trail!
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#hikesc #hikesouthcarolina #hiking #signage #sewee #southcarolina #friendsofcoastalsc #francismarionnationalforest #hike #trail

09/03/2021

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Agriculture and logging are to blame for threatening up to half of the worlds tree species. Have you ever stopped to think about the true cost of your food? There's more to it than just the price you pay at the grocery store...
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/01/up-to-half-worlds-wild-tree-species-could-risk-extinction

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08/31/2021

A lunch fit for a king! Salad topped with worms, YUM! Did you know that turtles often prefer red foods? Tomatoes and strawberries are his favorite.
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#boxturtle #turtle #salad #conservation #environmentaleducation #sewee #friendsofcoastalsc

A lunch fit for a king! Salad topped with worms, YUM! Did you know that turtles often prefer red foods? Tomatoes and strawberries are his favorite.
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#boxturtle #turtle #salad #conservation #environmentaleducation #sewee #friendsofcoastalsc

08/26/2021

Happy #nationaldogday to our favorite canines, Red Wolves! They are one of the most #endangered animals in the world today found in the wild only in North Carolina. At the Sewee Visitor's Center, we house 4 red wolves as part of a breeding program for you to come learn about! The wolves are available for viewing along the trail. For more information check out USFW's post about them! https://bit.ly/2Y0inwx
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#redwolves #sewee #charlestonsc #hiking #trails #francismarionnationalforest #usfws #wolves #conservation

Happy #nationaldogday to our favorite canines, Red Wolves! They are one of the most #endangered animals in the world today found in the wild only in North Carolina. At the Sewee Visitor's Center, we house 4 red wolves as part of a breeding program for you to come learn about! The wolves are available for viewing along the trail. For more information check out USFW's post about them! https://bit.ly/2Y0inwx
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#redwolves #sewee #charlestonsc #hiking #trails #francismarionnationalforest #usfws #wolves #conservation

Photos from U.S. Forest Service's post 08/26/2021

Photos from U.S. Forest Service's post

Photos from Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge's post 08/23/2021

Photos from Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge's post

08/23/2021

Photo of Turtle Crew member, AK, relocating their very first nest of the season on Lighthouse Island! Turtle nests here are relocated if they're too close to the water.
PLEASE NOTE: all research and handling is done under permits. Sea turtles are protected by both state and federal laws Please don't attempt to do this.
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#seaturtle #savetheseaturtles #seaturtleconservation #lighthouseisland #caperomainnationalwildliferefuge #francismarionnationalforest #acebasin #charleston

Photo of Turtle Crew member, AK, relocating their very first nest of the season on Lighthouse Island! Turtle nests here are relocated if they're too close to the water.
PLEASE NOTE: all research and handling is done under permits. Sea turtles are protected by both state and federal laws Please don't attempt to do this.
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#seaturtle #savetheseaturtles #seaturtleconservation #lighthouseisland #caperomainnationalwildliferefuge #francismarionnationalforest #acebasin #charleston

08/22/2021

Happy National Honeybee Day! Did you know honeybees are the only insects who produce food eaten by humans? Food for thought... Do you want to help the bees and other native pollinators? Build a pollinator garden! Check out this Forest Service article on building your own: https://bit.ly/3k7lBWo
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#honeybee #pollinator #usforestservice #pollinatorgarden #flower #insect #sewee #francismarionnationalforest #acebasin #caperomain #awendaw #mtpleasant

Happy National Honeybee Day! Did you know honeybees are the only insects who produce food eaten by humans? Food for thought... Do you want to help the bees and other native pollinators? Build a pollinator garden! Check out this Forest Service article on building your own: https://bit.ly/3k7lBWo
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#honeybee #pollinator #usforestservice #pollinatorgarden #flower #insect #sewee #francismarionnationalforest #acebasin #caperomain #awendaw #mtpleasant

08/18/2021

Welcome back, teachers and students! We're SO excited to work with you this year! Send us a message with your email if you're in our service area and interested in visiting us. We serve Charleston and Georgetown Counties and we're located out of the Sewee Visitor's center in Awendaw, SC. Can't wait to learn with ya'll!

Welcome back, teachers and students! We're SO excited to work with you this year! Send us a message with your email if you're in our service area and interested in visiting us. We serve Charleston and Georgetown Counties and we're located out of the Sewee Visitor's center in Awendaw, SC. Can't wait to learn with ya'll!

07/30/2021

What happens when a hatchling gets into the ocean? They swim away from the nearshore waters that can be dangerous because of all the predators. They then enter what scientists call the “Lost years.” It gets its name because scientists aren’t able to track exactly what these hatchling are doing and where they are going. Eventually, these turtles will return to nearshore waters as juveniles.
#seaturtle #hatchling #beach #environment #conservation

What happens when a hatchling gets into the ocean? They swim away from the nearshore waters that can be dangerous because of all the predators. They then enter what scientists call the “Lost years.” It gets its name because scientists aren’t able to track exactly what these hatchling are doing and where they are going. Eventually, these turtles will return to nearshore waters as juveniles.
#seaturtle #hatchling #beach #environment #conservation

07/29/2021
Photos from Friends of Coastal SC's post 07/27/2021

CrossFit Park West kids camp had a great pond ecology lesson last week! They were able to catch and identify their very own macro invertebrates using a dichotomous key! CrossFit Park West #education #environment #summercamp2021 #nonprofit #ecology

Photos from Friends of Coastal SC's post 07/23/2021

Nothing is better than being able to see your first hatchling! Our amazing sea turtle intern, Deana, was able to help these hatchlings safely make it to the ocean! As of yesterday, we are at 2,021 Nests out on Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge! #seaturtle #hatchlings #TurtleCrew #naturelovers #environment #beach #education

Photos from Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge's post 07/21/2021

Photos from Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge's post

Photos from Friends of Coastal SC's post 07/19/2021

Huge thank you to the turtle crew! Last Friday they helped this stranded mom get back out to the ocean! The beaches and sea turtles are protected because of their hard work! #seaturtle #naturelovers #TurtleCrew #education #environment #naturelovers #nonprofit #beach

07/16/2021

Happy World Snake Day! Snakes are amazing reptiles that have a very special way of eating their prey. The lower jawbones of a snake are unfused and only attach to the skull by stretchy ligaments that allow snakes to open their mouths extra wide. Snakes don’t chew their food, instead they “walk” their prey down their gullet. This is done by the snake inching its head forward and moving it in a side to side motion. The last step of this process is the chemical breakdown of their food by digestive enzymes they have in their stomach.
#snakes #education #WorldSnakeDay #nonprofit #naturelovers #cornsnake #environment #environmentaleducation

Happy World Snake Day! Snakes are amazing reptiles that have a very special way of eating their prey. The lower jawbones of a snake are unfused and only attach to the skull by stretchy ligaments that allow snakes to open their mouths extra wide. Snakes don’t chew their food, instead they “walk” their prey down their gullet. This is done by the snake inching its head forward and moving it in a side to side motion. The last step of this process is the chemical breakdown of their food by digestive enzymes they have in their stomach.
#snakes #education #WorldSnakeDay #nonprofit #naturelovers #cornsnake #environment #environmentaleducation

07/16/2021

Turtle Update! 1,810 nests recorded on refuge beaches! Many thanks to the turtle crews putting in those long hours every day! (Photo by Gina McQuilken)

07/14/2021

This little guy wanted to be a sea turtle today! This is a baby terrapin that was found in sea turtle nest while we were pulling eggs to safely relocate them. Today our turtle team saw the tracks of our first boil! This will be the 3rd recorded boil in the whole state!
#seaturtle #hatchlings #education #environment #nonprofit #terrapin

This little guy wanted to be a sea turtle today! This is a baby terrapin that was found in sea turtle nest while we were pulling eggs to safely relocate them. Today our turtle team saw the tracks of our first boil! This will be the 3rd recorded boil in the whole state!
#seaturtle #hatchlings #education #environment #nonprofit #terrapin

07/13/2021

Bet you haven’t seen this type of turtle before! Yesterday we had great lessons at Pattison Academy! We are so excited to go back today and share more cool reptile facts! We are so lucky to be able to work with amazing organizations like Pattison Academy. #education #environment #nonprofit #environmentaleducation #naturelovers

Bet you haven’t seen this type of turtle before! Yesterday we had great lessons at Pattison Academy! We are so excited to go back today and share more cool reptile facts! We are so lucky to be able to work with amazing organizations like Pattison Academy. #education #environment #nonprofit #environmentaleducation #naturelovers

07/08/2021

Throwback Thursday! This is from our Holy Cross Island School reptiles program from 2019! We love being able to put a smile on kids’ faces by allowing them to learn and experience nature.
#education #environment #environmentaleducation #nonprofit

Throwback Thursday! This is from our Holy Cross Island School reptiles program from 2019! We love being able to put a smile on kids’ faces by allowing them to learn and experience nature.
#education #environment #environmentaleducation #nonprofit

07/06/2021

Look at that size difference! Eggs can come in all different shapes and sizes! The small egg you see on the left is commonly known as a spacer. These eggs are not viable and contain no yolk so they are not counted as part of the clutch. Scientists don’t know the exact reason for these spacer eggs and are continuing to study them.
#seaturtle #environment #nonprofit #reptiles

Look at that size difference! Eggs can come in all different shapes and sizes! The small egg you see on the left is commonly known as a spacer. These eggs are not viable and contain no yolk so they are not counted as part of the clutch. Scientists don’t know the exact reason for these spacer eggs and are continuing to study them.
#seaturtle #environment #nonprofit #reptiles

07/06/2021

Under the night sky, a Loggerhead sea turtle emerges from the dimly lit surf to make her first crawl onto land in almost 30 years. She returns close to the same beach area where she made her initial descent into the ocean depths decades before. She slowly crawls toward the dune line to dig a nest and deposit eggs, yet may turn and return to the ocean without nesting. If the Loggerhead nests, she will dig with her hind flippers to create a deep chamber and deposit anywhere between 60-190 eggs. No noise or interference will cease her egg-laying once it commences. When finished she covers them, packing and scattering sand until the lengthy process is complete. The turtle returns to the sea, leaving another generation of turtles to soon hatch and follow this ancient pattern.

For the northern sub-population of Loggerhead sea turtles like this one, the barrier island beaches of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge continue to serve as the most significant nesting area north of Amelia Island, Florida. As we enter into July and the mid-season for nesting, the Refuge has recorded over 1,400 nests, approximately 43% of the nests in South Carolina. From May through September, refuge staff with crews of volunteers locate, relocate, cage and inventory nests, working to protect this threatened southeastern species.

Not only has Cape Romain been on the front lines to protect this ancient reptile for many years, it is also the location of some of the first ever research data published concerning sea turtles, dating back to 1940. Then, Deputy Refuge Manager William Baldwin and Wildlife Technician John Lofton studied the biology, migration and population of the turtles. Today, with many federal, state and local partnerships, the work continues for the survival of the Loggerhead.
(Contributed by Heidi Edens, Intern, Cape Romain NWR. Photo by Jerry Tupacz)

06/29/2021

We had a great time today with the CrossFit Park West kids camp! They learned about red wolves and reptiles native to South Carolina!
#reptiles #summercamp2021 #crossfitparkwest #RedWolves #environment

We had a great time today with the CrossFit Park West kids camp! They learned about red wolves and reptiles native to South Carolina!
#reptiles #summercamp2021 #crossfitparkwest #RedWolves #environment

[06/28/21]   So lucky to work with such positive and hardworking people!

06/24/2021

Ever heard an alligator talk? Make sure you have your sound on to hear our American alligator! This high pitched chirping sound is what baby alligators use to communicate with their mothers. It is first used while the baby is inside the egg to alert the mom it is time for it to hatch! Throughout the time the mom and baby are together this sound will be an indication that the baby needs attention.
#americanalligator #nonprofit #education

Photos from Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge's post 06/21/2021

Photos from Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge's post

06/18/2021

Ever wonder what our virtual programs look like? This is from our Moultrie Middle School reptiles program! We are so happy to be able to celebrate the start of summer with students by learning about all the native reptiles here in the Lowcountry!
Did you know alligators have hollow teeth! This allows new teeth to grow inside the original. An alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.
#nonprofit #americanalligator #education #environment

Ever wonder what our virtual programs look like? This is from our Moultrie Middle School reptiles program! We are so happy to be able to celebrate the start of summer with students by learning about all the native reptiles here in the Lowcountry!
Did you know alligators have hollow teeth! This allows new teeth to grow inside the original. An alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.
#nonprofit #americanalligator #education #environment

06/16/2021

Happy World Sea Turtle Day! Today let’s take time to highlight how important sea turtles are to our ocean ecosystems. Sea turtles are considered a “keystone species” this means that sea turtles play a vital role in balancing out the environment and influencing other species around them! Here in South Carolina we are lucky to have 4 out of the 7 different species of sea turtles in our waters!
To learn more visit: https://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/pub/seascience/seaturtle.html#log
#seaturtle #SeaTurtleDay #environment #naturelovers

Happy World Sea Turtle Day! Today let’s take time to highlight how important sea turtles are to our ocean ecosystems. Sea turtles are considered a “keystone species” this means that sea turtles play a vital role in balancing out the environment and influencing other species around them! Here in South Carolina we are lucky to have 4 out of the 7 different species of sea turtles in our waters!
To learn more visit: https://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/pub/seascience/seaturtle.html#log
#seaturtle #SeaTurtleDay #environment #naturelovers

Photos from Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge's post 06/15/2021

Awesome information on one of our nesting shorebirds here in South Carolina!

Black Birders Week A Discussion with Jerome Ford 06/14/2021

Black Birders Week A Discussion with Jerome Ford

Check out this great video discussing black birding week with Jerome Ford! Jerome Ford is the assistant director for the U.S. fish and wildlife service's migratory bird program!
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg_plika-pk
The video will start about 30 seconds after you click the link.
#education #birds #BlackBirdersWeek2021 #usfishandwildlife

Black Birders Week A Discussion with Jerome Ford

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Sea Turtle Sunday: Back to the Ocean!
Sea Turtle Sunday: Out of the Mud!
Sea Turtle Sunday: Stranded Loggerhead

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