The Seabrook Island Natural History Group kicked off their Fall 2015 Evening Programs on Thursday with a presentation by Virginia Beach on the history of the South Carolina rice lands. She portrayed a landscape that stretched all the way from the Pee Dee River to the Savannah. It was a story full of interesting and memorable characters, and unlikely allies. They included English Lords, Proprietors, southern plantation owners and slaves, northern industrialists, powerful U.S. Senators, daring scientists, media magnates, Trappist monks, and Wall Street financiers.
The next program will be presented on Thursday, October 8th,and will feature Dr.Brian Balmer, discussing “North Atlantic Dolphin Populations”. In 2013, Dr. Balmer assumed his current position as a scientist with the Oceans and Human Health Branch of the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston. Brian spent 12 years with the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, moving up from intern to staff scientist. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) majoring in Wildlife Science and Biology. Brian’s graduate research at the University of North Carolina focused on identifying the population structure of bottlenose dolphins in two regions that have been impacted by different types of stressors: St. Joseph Bay, Florida and the southern coast of Georgia.
Refreshments – 7:00 PM Program – 7:30 PM Location – Lake House
All Seabrook Island residents and guests are welcome. There is a $5 donation for non SINHG members. Information about future programs and SINHG membership can be found at the SINHG web site, sinhg.org.
Submitted by: Gary Fansler