Forests, Swamps and Harbor History

Seabrook Island Natural History Group (SINHG) members spent the last month of the spring trip season with boating, birding, and history.

Two favorite locations were on the late spring schedule – Cypress Gardens and Biedler Forest. Members toured the Gardens by boat and met the site’s 6 month-old alligator mascot, Chainsaw. At Biedler, members visited the Audubon Center deep in Four Hole Swamp, where night herons and a prothonotary warbler were spotted.

Sightings of a different kind were enjoyed by members who boarded Carolina Marine Group’s Ship Of Fools (no reflection on the passengers!) for a history-themed tour of Charleston Harbor. They saw Fort Johnson on the tip of James Island, from where the first shot of the Civil War was fired on Fort Sumter, which is also a site seen waterside on the tour. Members got a close-up, waterside look at Patriots Point, the city’s iconic Ravenel Bridge and the busy container ship traffic passing beneath it.

SINHG trips for members will resume in September. For information about membership, visit

Norm Powers, for SINHG

-Submitted by Norm Powers, for SINHG

(Photo credits: Cypress Gardens and Ship of Fools – SINHG; Prothonotary Warbler -Glenn Cox)