Archived Articles + expand all 2017 May - June The Crest of Carolina: A photo essay Winding earthen trails, colossal boulders and hand-hewn bridges provide a gateway into the Jocassee Gorges where geological formations, towering forests and plummeting waterfalls shelter countless plant and animal species - some yet to be discovered. Crayfish: the Lobsters of the Lowcountry Whether you call them crayfish or crawfish, crawdads or yabbies, most folks agree these little lobsters are worth the patience of plying ebony waters to catch a pot full. This Lowcountry tale takes us from swamp to table, complete with delectable crayfish recipes. For Wildlife Watchers: Ruffed Grouse A cold-weather specialist whose winterization process starts at the bottom, with fleshy, comb-like rows of bristles called pectinations that grow on its toes to help with walking on snow and clinging to icy branches. March - April Delightful Instruments of Deceit: The Lure and Lore of Turkey Calls Call makers create instruments that lure quarry other than gobblers as hunters are often attracted by the beautiful workmanship of intricately decorated turkey calls. First Catch of the Season The "crrrrack" of a wooden bat and the "zzzzing" of a fishing line are sounds that time will stand still for here in the South. So whether you're on the field or on the water, getting away from it all is what it's all about. For Wildlife Watchers: For Wildlife Watchers: Eastern Mole The mole is a digging machine, perfectly suited to underground travel. January - February A Growing Voice for Conservation SCDNR outreach coordinator Alix Pedraza is forming a coalition for conservation that spans the diverse cultures and communities of the Palmetto State. The Farm During bobwhite's heyday, most hunters made regular excursions to Lowcountry farms in their quest for birds and adventure. For Wildlife Watchers: American Woodcock The American woodcock's mottled gray/brown plumage helps it blend in, but predator avoidance is still an issue when you spend most of your time face down. Having eyes in the back of your head wouldn't hurt. 2016 November - December Flying for the Birds Aerial surveys of nesting areas help biologists keep track of migratory bird populations and trends. Angling the ACE Oftentimes a great fishing trip can be better defined by an angler's perspective than by the fish caught, and St. Helena Sound, in the heart of the ACE Basin, offers plenty of both for those open to unseen possibilities. For Wildlife Watchers: Carolina Heelsplitter Carolina heelsplitter is a mussel found exclusively in some of North and South Carolina's river systems. September - October Derailed by Record Rains Reflecting on the record-breaking rains of October 2015... Rebuilding with a broader perspective. Making it Pay Private landowners keep minimal development as a priority while finding avenues to make idyllic large properties pay their own way. For Wildlife Watchers: Sturgeon Beauty, like success, is a matter of perspective, and sometimes the concepts intertwine. At the end of a boxing match, you don't have to be pretty; you just have to be standing. On an evolutionary scale, the single best measure of success and, arguably, of beauty, is longevity. July - August Workout on the Water Paddle boarding offers a new kind of challenge on top of the waves. Bring Home the Bass For some South Carolina communities, investments in fishing and boating facilities capable of attracting national tournaments are paying off in more outdoor recreation tourism dollars. The DNR in Action: In the Path of the Storm It really didn't hit me until the very end that we had just lived through a tornado. May - June DNR Biosphere: The Sea Turtle Cruise The DNR's sea turtle program plays a crucial role in restoring this endangered species in the Southeastern states. Place Where Time Stood Still After twenty years of archaeological field work, artifacts remaining at the DNR's Kolb archaeology site will be preserved in place for researchers to discover and interpret. For Wildlife Watchers: Manatee Manatees can eat up to 10 percent of their body weight in sea grass a day. March - April Coming Home In the strange case of Lake Murray's disappearing (and reappearing) purple martins, many questions remain. "Dem Bones, Dem Bones" Recreational divers immerse themselves in natural history to find fossils and adventure on the bottom of South Carolina's blackwater rivers. But how did the fossils get there in the first place? For Wildlife Watchers: House Fly A single fly can carry more than a million microbes. January - February A Walk in the Woods We all know walking is good for what ails you, but a walk in the woods? That takes it to a whole other level. Tale of Two Great Canoeists The epic voyages of two late 19th century maritime adventurers both included stops at Murphy Island, today a part of the DNR-managed Santee Coastal Reserve WMA. For Wildlife Watchers: Palm Warbler Palm warblers can be found in brushy thickets, weedy fields, forest edges, fence rows, savannas and dune habitat. 2015 South Carolina Wildlife-Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund Photo Contest These images from the 2015 SCW/Hampton Fund Photo Contest offer viewers an opportunity to experience the beauty of South Carolina's natural world as seen through the lenses of these gifted artists. 2015 November - December Revisiting Herron George Herron is South Carolina's most renowned maker of custom knives, but have you ever heard the story behind the design of his "interframe" folding model? Coastal Plain Waterfowl 101 Five time-proven lessons for pursuing "puddle ducks" in South Carolina's storied coastal plain rivers. For Wildlife Watchers: Great White Shark Great whites cruise at ten to fifteen miles per hour and can accelerate to thirty-five. September - October Coyote Science The scientific evidence that coyotes are affecting deer populations in South Carolina is solid, and limiting doe harvests may be the only viable strategy for keeping deer numbers stable. Odd Birds American woodcock and Wilson's snipe provide uniquely challenging targets for the offbeat wing shooters who faithfully pursue them. For Wildlife Watchers: Wood Stork Sometimes, survival hinges on being out of fashion. In the late 19th century, herons, egrets and many other shorebirds were slaughtered by the thousands for their plumes, which were treasured by the makers and wearers of ladies hats. But consider the wood stork, lacking in distinctive breeding plumage and therefore relatively safe. July - August Take the 365-day Deer Hunting Challenge Every once in awhile, bagging a big buck in October might be a matter of luck - right place, right time - but more likely, it's the result of hours of planning and work in the "off" season. Pintail Partners Cooperation, not competition, was the name of the game when the "Pintail Partners," a coalition made up of duck hunters, advocacy organizations and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, worked together to provide a standout waterfowl hunt for youth hunters this past January. Stingray Dos and Don'ts Finding yourself on the receiving end of a stingray barb will probably necessitate a trip to the emergency room. But some easy first-aid tips can save you a lot of pain on the way. May - June A Lowcountry Birder's Bonanza Roxbury Park, one of the newest public spaces in the ACE Basin, provides visitors with easy access to a wide variety of wildlife species. Unwelcome Visitors "South Carolina Native" isn't just a bumper sticker slogan for folks intent on letting the drivers behind them know where they were born; for the members of the South Carolina Native Plant Society, it's a serious topic that involves fighting real threats to our indigenous flora. Quest For The Golden Cannas Bear Island WMA is known as a haven for waterfowl and other birds, but in this case, it's the search for an interesting piece of flora that prompts an early summer visit. Fish Like A Pro Professional bass fishing is growing by leaps and bounds, with all the money and attention that entails, but for these three pros with South Carolina roots, family, community and getting more young people into the sport is still the name of the game. For Wildlife Watchers: Red Paper Wasp Wasps of all kinds have earned the respect of humans (as well as some degree of fear), and our awe hasn't diminished. March - April Between A Rock and A Wet Place Rapids and rocky shoals, once impediments to river travel, were instrumental in the development of South Carolina's Fall Line cities. River Run The spring spawning run of striped bass up the Congaree River gets the hearts of dedicated river anglers pumping, and better fishing over the last few seasons, the result of stakeholder-initiated harvest restrictions, is generating new buzz about this unique fishery. Redefining "Run And Gun" It might not be as catchy, but for success in spring turkey hunting, you might be better served to "Walk and Listen." For Wildlife Watchers: Earthworm Earthworms are sold as fish bait and pet food, and for composting and gardening. January - February Clemson's Ecological Treasure Chest During the Great Depression, thousands of acres of Upstate farmland, worn out and eroded from years of cotton farming, were rescued by a "New Deal" program. Eight decades later, careful stewardship of this public resource by Clemson University and the DNR has yielded a scientific and recreational bonanza for Palmetto State citizens. Georgetown's Green Wall A seemingly minor incident involving the 24th president of the United States and a muddy duck hunt led to the long-term preservation of tens of thousands of acres of wild lands and waters along the South Carolina Coast. For Wildlife Watchers: American Robin The robin is among the most abundant bird species on the continent, with a population estimated at more than three hundred million. 2014 South Carolina Wildlife-Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund Photo Contest If it's January, it must be time to showcase the winners of the 2014 South Carolina Wildlife-Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund Photo Contest and Exhibition at the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic. Trip Report - Exploring a Cypress Wetland by Kayak I have always loved to paddle cypress wetlands, and Lake Juniper, a 360-acre lake within the boundaries of Cheraw State Park, had been on my to-paddle list for some time. In early May, three friends and I decided to make a weekend of it and stay at the park. Two of us camped, while the other two stayed in the park cabins. On arrival Friday afternoon, we found the campsites to be large, clean and most with great views of the lake. The cabins were very nice and located in a wooded area. Trip Report - Pendleton High School "Coastal Ecology Field Experience", 2015 I have been a fan for many years. I recently noticed your "Trip Report" feature and that gave me the idea to contact you. I'm an agricultural education instructor at Pendleton High School. For the past four years I have provided what I call a "Coastal Ecology Field Experience" for my Wildlife Management/Environmental Natural Resources students. With the help and friendship of an excellent SCDNR wildlife technician and education specialist, Mr. Jim Lee, and many others, we have created a life-changing experience for these students. Trip Report - Saluda River to the Lake Greenwood Dam, 2015 I like rivers; they start somewhere small and wander for miles flowing somewhere. The "somewhere" for the section of the Saluda River that forms the boundary between Newberry and Saluda counties is Lake Murray, which was created in 1930 when the river was damned to create a 50,000 acre reservoir. I love the part of the Saluda River that forms the lake's headwaters; it's very accessible and beckons you to follow it upstream. If you start, like I did, at Blacks Bridge outside Prosperity, with your destination being the Buzzard's Roost Dam at Lake Greenwood, it will take you approximately 22 river miles to meet that goal. Trip Report - Bear Island Birding Adventure, 2015 The DNR's Bear Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a Category I Waterfowl Area, well-known (and much beloved) by Palmetto State hunters for its thousands of acres of managed wetland impoundments, which attract an unrivaled bounty of migrating ducks during the winter months. But in the spring, after the chest waders, decoys and steel shot have been packed away for another season, Bear Island's miles of dikes and walking trails become a wildlife photographer's dream location. 2014 November - December Decking the Halls - Naturally Whether indoors or out, nature abides a welcome guest in every part of these homes during the holiday season. Outtakes "Imagine 2,000 evocative images, generated from numerous road trips along miles and miles of South Carolina highways and back roads. Remembering Havilah Babcock "Forever old and forever new, a sunrise is always and never the same." - Havilah Babcock For Wildlife Watchers: Big Brown Bat Sometimes bats catch insects in their mouths. More often, they catch them with their tail membranes, which act as a scoop or net. September - October Island of the Bobcats X marks the spot for bobcats on South Carolina's Kiawah Island. Splendid Isolation "...the tide is quite high and it brings with it a full moon, and a gentle south breeze coming in over the water renders the atmosphere altogether delightful." - John A. Warren, circa 1858 My Nature: Telling You True Rich man, poor man, we all have a place to hunt. July - August Saltwater License Proves Its Worth Licensing anglers to fish in the ocean seemed a novel idea twenty-five years ago, but it has greatly benefited both fish and fishermen. Let's Take It Outside, South CarolinaWe're taking it outside and into the great South Carolina outdoors, and so should you. Natural MusicMastering the ancient art of calling game is like making it to Carnegie Hall . . . there's only way to get there. May - June Legacy of a Lost Highway Sacred Earth For Wildlife Watchers: Great Horned Owl March - April Bluebirds Dancing in Their Souls Charleston Jetties, The Incidental Reef My Nature: Old Timers January - February Up On Sassafras Cult of the Coon Dog The Last Drag Trip Report - Hunting Island State Park Photo Walks, 2014 Hunting Island State Park (HISP) is known for its lighthouse and beach, a popular summertime destination for Beaufort-area locals and thousands of visitors, but the park also offers some terrific opportunities for wildlife-viewing and photography in the spring, fall and even winter, as we found during our two visits with park volunteers David and Lyn Price and members of the Aiken and Atlanta photo clubs. 2013 November - December Earth and Water, Wind and Sun... Botanica Caroliniana For Wildlife Watchers: Laughing Gull September - October A Day In The (Wild) Life A Fighting Chance For Wildlife For Wildlife Watchers: Brown Recluse July - August Hit the Trail Uncle Jack's Riverbank Stew What You Can't See May - June Paint Box Bright: Those Colorful Buntings How's the Fishing? Economic Impact of Fishing For Wildlife Watchers: American Goldfinch March - April Red Drum Success Story Habitat Restoration Public Outreach Takes Many Approaches Going Bog Wild For Wildlife Watchers: Brown Pelican January - February Living With "Not-So-Wild" Life Called To Serve For Wildlife Watchers: Red Fox 2012 November - December Go Native Catching a Breather For Wildlife Watchers: Tundra Swan September - October Manage It (Well), And They Will Come Can Quail Rise Again? For Wildlife Watchers: Red-cockaded Woodpecker July - August Up Close and Personal Landing a Thousand Lunkers Homegrown May - June Accidental Tourists The Water Way For Wildlife Watchers: Crayfish March - April Forty Pounds of Spirit Dinner Is Served! For Wildlife Watchers: Chuck-Will's-Widow January - February First Light Midlands: Wake Up, Life Is Calling First Light Upstate: Land of Mountains and Water 2011 November - December Stalwart in the Field: Remembering Officer Frank Floyd The Key to Carolina For Wildlife Watchers: Horseshoe Crab September - October Opening Day Take Me To The River For Wildlife Watchers: Red-shouldered Hawk May - June Aerialists Supreme Daws Island Adventure For Wildlife Watchers: Carpenter Bee March - April Saving Stumphouse Mysterious Knees What's In a Name? River Bassin' In The Midlands January - February Focus On Conservation South Carolina's Heritage Preserves The Treasure Hunters 2010 November - December Birds of Winter For Wildlife Watchers: Hooded Merganser The Thrill of the Chase September - October A Horse for All Seasons Time Well Spent Snakes Alive! July - August Get In the Salt Go Fish! Hunting May - June Cane Pole Days Vulnerable Giants For Wildlife Watchers: Bobcat March - April An Art Most Beautiful and Deadly Digging the Past Features Tell A Story of Different Cultures For Wildlife Watchers: Crappie January - February Birds of a Feather Cool Air, Hot Steam and Lowcountry Oysters For Wildlife Watchers: American Oystercatcher 2009 November - December Seasons of the Whitetail "Clouded and Dog-like": Spotted Seatrout For Wildlife Watchers: Mink September - October Edisto's Hidden Treasure Finding Fall (In Unexpected Places) For Wildlife Watchers: Menhaden July - August Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly To My Home Jocassee Adventure For Wildlife Watchers: Red velvet ant May - June Disappearing Diamondbacks A Day At The Beach: The Art of Surf Fishing For Wildlife Watchers: Killdeer March - April Hidden In Plain View "My Mother Is A Fish" For Wildlife Watchers: Barking Tree Frog January - February Before the Waterfowl Sunrise Drawn to Hunt Born of New Water For Wildlife Watchers: Muskrat 2008 November - December Murphy's Law Daddy's Law Greybeards of the ACE For Wildlife Watchers: Coyote September - October Making Memories Coastal State Parks: Nature at the Beach For Wildlife Watchers: Shrimp July - August Pollinators In Peril Hocus Pocus: pollination myths and misconceptions Researcher Sam Droege Plans National Bee Study Links for further information Pesticides and Pollinators The bees of South Carolina But bees will sting me! Welcome Aboard! For Wildlife Watchers: Eastern coral snake May - June This Hobby's A Keeper For The Birds For Wildlife Watchers: Grasshopper March - April Talkin' Turkey Anatomy of a Shooting SC Parks Turn 75! January - February State Parks: Outdoor Laboratories For Wildlife Watchers: Blue-winged teal Through the Lens Trip Report - Lynches River, 2008 The following journal was compiled during ten days of travel by canoe and kayak on the Lynches Scenic River. The purpose of the trip was to compile information and data to include in the DNR's Lynches Scenic River Water Trail Guide. On day one on the trip, I was accompanied by Elizabeth Ossier; a DNR fisheries biologist with Region II, Kelly King, a DNR 2008 summer intern; and Jennie Williamson of the Pee Dee Land Trust. Kimberly Meitzen, a 2008 DNR summer geomorphologist with our Geology Section, and myself paddled the entire trail. 2007 November - December Hunter's Harvest: From Field to Table For Wildlife Watchers: Indigo bunting Field Trip - Congaree Bluff Heritage Preserve September - October Sparkleberry Reflections Banding Together Field Trip - Fort Lamar Heritage Preserve July - August The Nature-Child Connection National Leaders Band Together for Action The Pied Piper of Hammond Parents Speak Out We All Have A Story to Tell Field Trip - Berkeley County Blueways: Santee Canal Trail Aquatic Invasive Species Supplement May - June Living For Shrimping, Shrimping For A Living For Wildlife Watchers - Gulf coast spiny softshell turtle Field Trip - Eastatoee Creek Heritage Preserve January - February Snow Daze For Wildlife Watchers - Willet Field Trip - Huntington Beach State Park 2006 November - December Whitetail Time For Wildlife Watchers - Striped bass Field Trip - Edisto Beach State Park September - October Gettin' Ready For Wildlife Watchers - Atlantic Ghost Crab Field Trip - Drive to Jumping Off Rock July - August South Carolina's Magic Dragons For Wildlife Watchers - Garden Snail Field Trip - Dreher Island State Recreation Area May - June ACE Basin Boulevard For Wildlife Watchers - Luna Moth Field Trip - Natural Bridge Trail at Keowee-Toxaway Hurricane Warning - Storms on the Horizon A Tropical Brew...Hurricane Season Here to Stay? Measuring the Storm: The Saffir-Simpson Scale Flood Insurance: Not Just for the Coast Dangers Developing: S.C. Growth Raises Bar for Safety from Storms Before the Storm and After: DNR Officers Provide Crucial Help Unexpected Consequences: Fruits(and Vegetables) of Disaster Climatologist Helps Weathermen, Emergency Planners Make the Call SERCC Helps Track Storms of the Past In Case of a Hurricane(Tips from FEMA) At Your Fingertips: Info for Weather Watches, Hurricane Preparedness March - April Mountain Gobblers If At First you Don't Succeed.. Record Unbroken For Wildlife Watchers - Flying Squirrel Field Trip - N.R. Goodale State Park January - February Watershed Years It Happened One Night: Adventures of a Game Warden So What's the Difference? DNR Milestones For Wildlife Watchers - Common Loon Field Trip - Bonneau Ferry 2003 March - April Great Pee Dee River Heritage Preserve--Johannes Kolb site Priceless!