Turtle Patrol Weekly Summary 7/31/16

As you may know, when a loggerhead nest is found, one egg is sacrificed to get its DNA. The shell membrane contains the DNA of the mother turtle and that, along with the shell, is sent in an alcohol solution to DNR for testing. This test will tell us where the mama has been before and how many times she has laid nests. Female turtles are about 25 – 30 years old when they lay their first nest and can be as old as 50 – 60. Loggerheads lay 4 to 7 nests per season, typically about 14 days apart. They nest for a season then take a year or two off before they begin the cycle again.

Judy Morr periodically analyzes DNA data on seaturtle.org to provide us with some insight on those nesting on Seabrook Island. The following is her most recent report:

  • The mama for Nest 5 previously nested in 2013 at Cape Lookout in the Outer Banks.
  • Our favorite mama, CC000530 is back! She has laid Nests 1 and 12 this year. So far she has been identified as mama for 19 nests with 17 being on Seabrook and the others on Kiawah.
  • Nest 2 was also returning mama CC002058 who has laid 11 nests with 10 on Seabrook and the other on Kiawah.
  • Nest 3 is a new mama to Seabrook but she has laid 8 previous nests in prior years on Wassaw, Hunting Island State Park, Kiawah and Edingsville Beach.
  • Nest 4 took a long break since her only other nest was in 2012 on Folly.
  • Nest 6 was returning mama CC000570 who has laid 14 nests, the last 9 on Seabrook after laying her earlier ones all on Kiawah.
  • Nest 10 mama who briefly hid her nest from us, has since laid a nest on Lighthouse Island. In 2013 she laid one nest on Fripp.
  • Nest 8 was CC002043’s ninth nest, with the last 3 being on Seabrook. Prior to that she laid on Hunting Island, Kiawah and Pritchard
  • Nest 9 mama CC006469 had two prior nests in 2013 on Folly and Kiawah.
  • Nest 14 mama CC005131 has 5 nests, all on Seabrook. The other 4 were in 2012.
  • Nest 15 mama CC002055 has laid 9 nests with the last two being on Seabrook after laying her earlier ones (in 2011 and 2013) on Kiawah.
  • Nest 16 mama CC004832 laid 6 prior nests in 2012 on Pritchard, Wassaw, then 4 on Botany Bay.

The above identified mamas means that only 3 (7, 11 and 13) of our first 16 nests were potentially laid by first time mamas.

Now to our weekly summary:

Monday, July 25 – Zone 1: Kathy and Ron Chamberlain withnest #58 7-16 Nancy Shenton reported a crawl with multiple body pits at the last building for Camp St. Christopher. Bill Nelson responded and found Nest #58. Nest #12 also had more tracks from it and is scheduled for inventory tomorrow.

Zone 2: Nests 9 and Nest 16 boiled with indentations on 13, 18 and 20. Nest 13 had boiled on Friday and no additional tracks were seen.

Zone 3: Nothing new to report. Crab holes on nests 14 and 50.

Zone 4: Nest #15 had more tracks out of it (previously reported as boiled on Saturday). Nest #22 is starting to get sand build up so PHAT needs to monitor carefully. Nest #48 has lots of crab tracks.

Inventory Report

Nest # 3 was found by Alison Bowers, Tory Kindley, Pat and Bob Derajtys and Sandy MacCoss. It hatched in 62 days. There were 60 eggs in the nest.

Shells 56 Hatch & emergence success 91.8%
Unhatched eggs 4
Dead hatchlings 0
Live hatchlings 0
Total live 56

Good Nest 🐢😊

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Charleston Library Society: BJ Barham in concert – August 21st


Sunday, August 21, 2016
7:00pm 8:00pm
BJ Barham’s solo album ROCKINGHAM is debuting on August 19th. We are thrilled to have his tour stop by the Library Society for a concert!

For tickets, please click here.

LOCATION: Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street, Charleston.

(Photo credit:  Charleston Library Society website)

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor

James Island County Park – Reggae Nights – August 5th

reggaeReggae Nights Concert Series

The Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series features traditional old school roots reggae with a new school attitude in a beautiful outdoor setting. Good Music. Good Vibes.

Bring your chairs or blanket. Concerts will be held throughout the summer at James Island County Park.

August 5: Mystic Vibrations

Gates open at 7:30p.m.; music begins at 8:30 p.m. No outside alcohol or coolers are permitted into the event.

(Photo credit:  CVB website)

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor


Charleston Gaillard Center: Loretta Lynn – October 9th

LorettaCharleston Gaillard Center Presents:
Loretta Lynn on October 9th at 7:00pm

Loretta first arrived in Nashville 55 years ago, signing her first recording contract on February 1, 1960, and within a matter of weeks, she was at her first recording session. A self-taught guitarist and songwriter, Lynn became one of the most distinctive performers in Nashville in the 1960s and 1970s, shaking things up by writing her own songs, many of which tackled boundary-pushing topics drawn from her own life experiences as a wife and mother.

In addition to being “first,” she was also “great” and “different.” Loretta Lynn’s instantly recognizable delivery is one of the greatest voices in music history. As for “different,” no songwriter has a more distinctive body of work. Like the lady herself, Loretta Lynn’s songs shoot from the hip.

Tickets are on sale now.  Click here for tickets.

The Charleston Gaillard Center is located at 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston.

(Photo credit:  CGC website)

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor

Disaster Awareness: If You Choose to Shelter in Place

Disaster Awareness: If you choose to Shelter in Place

While the guide says to have supplies to carry you through 3 days, you would be well advised to set aside a bit more.

  • Choose a safe place in your home to stay – – away from windows – – a small interior room is best.
  • Take in your porch & deck furniture/potted plants/yard decorations/bird feeders/barbecue grill  – – anything that could become a projectile.
  • Protect windows with storm shutters or plywood boards at least ½” thick.
  • Listen to the local news services to stay aware of what is happening. Tune in to local Live5 weather at http://www.live5news.com/weather, the National Hurricane Center at hurricanes.gov , the local National Weather Service at weather.gov/chs, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division at scemd.org or NOAA. At weather.gov/chs they will provide impact graphics, storm surge height, storm warnings and watches, etc. Also WEZL 103.5 radio and WIWF 96.9 radio are participants in the Emergency Alert System. Please note, the Weather Channel will not have the same level of local reporting that the sources above will have.
  • We may lose electricity, water and sewer services. If that happens you should voluntarily evacuate before a mandatory evacuation forces you out (and in a direction you don’t want to go).
  • Shelters should be used as a last resort, and most will not take pets.
  • Cell phone coverage for voice calls may be out.  Try text messaging or switch your data off on your cell phone settings and try to send an email message instead.
  • Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting and keep closed. Once the electricity is out, your refrigerator will keep foods cool for 4 hours if left unopened.  Thawed food is usually okay if still “refrigerator cold”.  Maintain proper food sanitation in food preparation and disposal.

-Submitted by Tidelines Editors

What’s happening with I-526?

For those of our readers who reside outside the Charleston area and might have missed this, we thought you’d like to know the latest on the I-526 extension.

The completion of I-526 has been in the local news lately with it having been listed and removed from the projects that could be paid for with the  proposed 1/2 cent tax increase.

To get the latest on what’s happening, go to the Brian Hicks Post & Courier article on July 24th:  http://www.postandcourier.com/20160724/160729735/dont-blame-county-council-this-is-the-states-fault  and Diane Knich’s Post & Courier article on July 27th:  http://www.postandcourier.com/20160726/160729567/charleston-county-officials-continue-to-push-for-i-526

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor

Charleston Gaillard Center: Loreena McKennitt – October 28th

LoreenaCharleston Gaillard Center Presents:
Loreena McKennitt
Loreena McKennitt A Trio Performance on October 28th at 7:30pm

Click here for tickets.

The Charleston Gaillard Center is located at 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston.

Loreena McKennitt is well known as a composer and singer. In a recording career spanning more than two decades, Ms. McKennitt’s ‘eclectic Celtic’ music has received critical acclaim world-wide, and gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales awards in 15 countries across four continents. To date, she has sold over 14 million albums with a catalogue that includes seven studio recordings, three seasonal recordings, a live in-concert DVD and two DVD documentaries. She’s won two Junos, Canada’s premiere music award, garnered two GRAMMY ® nominations and has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

McKennitt is a highly successful businesswoman who has created an independent record label with celebrated international success. Born in Morden, Manitoba, Canada, she moved to Stratford, Ontario in 1981, where she initially worked with Canada’s renowned Stratford Festival. In 1985 she established her own record label, Quinlan Road, a move which has made her a rarity in the music industry.

(Photo credit:  CGC website)

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor

James Island County Park – Yappy Hour – August 4th

YappyYappy Hour

Dogs and their people rejoice – Yappy Hour returns for the season on May 12! Dog owners are invited to pick up man’s best friend after work and join the fun at James Island County Park.

On select Thursday evenings May through October, Charleston County Parks invites pets and their people to enjoy the popular Yappy Hour series. Yappy Hour features live music and beverages for sale in the off-leash dog park. On Thursday, May 12, music will be provided by the Soul Fish Duo from 4 – 8 p.m.

Best of all, Yappy Hour is free with park admission! Gate admission to James Island County Park is $2 per person or free with the Charleston County Parks Gold Pass.

You and your dog can mingle with friends old and new, while enjoying a pet-friendly atmosphere in the park. Beverages, including beer and Coke products, are available for an additional fee. Outside alcohol and coolers are prohibited.

The musical lineup and hours for this year’s Yappy Hour series is as follows:
Aug. 4: 4-8 p.m., with Danny May & The Keesh
Sept. 15: 4 p.m.-sunset, with High Five Duo
Oct. 13: 4 p.m.-sunset, with Dave Landeo Duo

(Photo credit: CVB website)

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor

Charleston Gaillard Center: Bernadette Peters – October 8th

BernadetteCharleston Gaillard Center Presents:
An Evening With Bernadette Peters on October 8th at 7:30pm

Throughout her illustrious career, Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage, television, in concert, and on recordings.
Ms. Peters currently stars in Amazon Prime’s hit TV series, Mozart in the Jungle, which won the 2016 Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy or Musical series. Her recent stage credits include City Center’s Encores! Production, A BED AND A CHAIR: A New York Love Affair featuring music by Stephen Sondheim and orchestrations by Wynton Marsalis.

One of Broadway’s brightest stars, Ms. Peters has received multiple Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards for her critically acclaimed performances. A performer of amazing versatility, she is the youngest person to be inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. Bernadette devotes her time and talents to numerous events that benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, in addition to her “pet project” Broadway Barks. She resides in New York City and Los Angeles with her rescue dogs, Charlie and Rosalia.

Tickets are on sale now.  Click here for tickets.

The Charleston Gaillard Center is located at 95 Calhoun Street.

(Photo credit:  CGC website)

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor

Piping Plovers Have Returned to Seabrook Island’s North Beach

Piping Plovers Have Returned to Seabrook Island’s North Beach

This weekend (July 22-25, 2016), Aija Konrad spotted, and Ed Konrad photographed, what may be our first two Piping Plovers returning from the north. As Janet Thibault advised at the June SIB meeting, we could expect to see them return later in July. In reporting the sightings on eBird, Aija learned that these Piping Plovers are quite special and of great interest. They were banded in the Bahamas in 2015, and are being closely tracked by the Bahamas Shorebird Conservation Initiative, in conjunction with US Fish and Wildlife and the National Audubon Society.

These Piping Plovers have pink flags on their upper right legs identifying them as 47 and OJ. Aija and Ed saw 47 for only one day in the protected bird area on North Beach. On the other hand, OJ has been seen the past three days at low tide on North Beach.
Here’s what we’ve learned about these plovers from Matt Jeffery, Deputy Director & Director for the Caribbean International Alliances Program, National Audubon Society, Washington D.C.  Pink Flag OJ was banded November 27th 2015 in the newly created Joulter Cays National Park, just north of Andros Island in the Bahamas. The Banding Team was from Bahamas National Trust, National Audubon, Virginia Tech and USFWS.

Piping Plover1Piping Plover “OJ” seen on North Beach of Seabrook Island July 23-25, 2016 – Aija & Ed Konrad (photo #1)

OJ was hanging out in Maine for the breeding season, and reported seen on this past May 23 on Fortune’s Rocks Beach, Maine and on the 20th of June on Parsons Beach, Kennebunk, Maine where she was reported to be female nesting. Unfortunately, her nesting attempt was unsuccessful. At Laudholm Beach, Wells, Maine, in a flock of about 20 other Piping Plovers, she was again seen.  Hopefully she may be seen on the Joulter Cays this October when the area is surveyed.

Pink Flag (47) was banded 5-Feb-2015 in the Berry Islands, the Bahamas at a place called Ambergris Cay just south of Great Harbor Cay. This area is the second most important site in The Bahamas for Piping Plover with approximately 7% of the Atlantic breeding population there each winter. The banding team included, National Audubon, Bahamas National Trust, Virginia Tech and USFWS. Currently Audubon is working with BNT and the Government of the Bahamas to make the area a new protected area for birds and marine life.

Piping Plover2Piping Plover “47” seen on North Beach of Seabrook Island July 22, 2016 – Aija & Ed Konrad (photo #2)

#47 has also been reported:July 3, 2015 Elizabeth A. Morton NWR, NY; on July 16, 2015 – South Point Ocracoke. Cape Hatteras NS in North Carolina by Virginia Tech shorebird team; 5/10/2016 – Wade’s Beach Shelter Island, NY; 29-May-16 – Otis Pike Wilderness Area, Long Island NY.

We hope you will take time to grab your binoculars and walk along North Beach to search for our celebrity visitors OJ and 47. Be sure to let us know if you see them.

-Submitted by Nancy Brown, SIB Communications
Written by & Photographs by Ed & Aija Konrad, SIB Board Members

August Artists and Photographers of the Month

August Artists and Photographers of the Month

For the entire month of August, the Seabrook Artist Guild and Photography Club are excited to announce that they will be displaying at The Lake House paintings and photographs that depict specific locations on Seabrook Island! This is a great way for you to “DISCOVER SEABROOK” through the creative eyes of our talented island artists. You can also “MAKE IT UNIQUELY YOURS” by purchasing these beautiful pieces of art to hang in your home!

So, make it a point to stop by The Lake House in the exhibit area hallway leading to the library! Also, there will be a “Meet The Artists” reception on Monday, 8/1/16 from 5 to 7pm. All are invited.

(Photo/Artwork Credit:  Bob LeFevre and Bob Hider)

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