NI-WB NERR News & Events
The Environmental Discovery Series is continuing this spring with 4 events scheduled this month. Join our guest speakers to learn about a seaweed invasion, fireflies, how to build an oyster reef, and the weather and climate. View the EDS program descriptions.If you are interested in participating, please call the Discovery Center to register (843) 546-4623.
Bluebird boxes have been placed in several suitable areas on the Hobcaw Barony property to augment natural nest cavities that are in high demand by bluebirds and other cavity nesting birds including woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees.You can take a peek at this years nest through our bluebird webcams at the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center and at the NERR offices.The bluebird box at the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center was home to 5 chicks last spring that hatched on April 20th and were fledged by May 6th.
The Reserve and BMFL welcome back Michelle Evans, who will be working as the new Research Specialist with research coordinator Erik Smith on his current Sea Grant funded project on stormwater ponds. Originally from Iowa, Michelle graduated from San Diego State University, then moved to South Carolina for graduate school at Coastal Carolina University. She previously worked at the BMFL assisting with the processing and counting of long-term fauna monitoring samples. She loves terrible horror movies and thunderstorms.
Katie Ellis has also joined the NI-WB Reserve as a Coastal Training Program Assistant to help with the development of the Low Impact Development Manual for Coastal South Carolina. Katie has a background in engineering and stormwater research, loves working with people, and is an active environmental steward. She will serve as a great addition to our team!
NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are pleased to announce the copmleteion of the Estuaries 101 Middle School Curriculum, a new online multi-media science curriculum for grades 5-8th. This curriculum provides interactive learning tools to teach fundamental concepts in science and develop scientific thinking skills, while helping students discover and virtually explore the nation’s biologically rich estuaries. It is available FREE on the estuaries.noaa.gov site in easy to access teacher downloads.
Each season, the Reserve Education Program offers a series of fun, educational activities for the general public to experience first-hand the unique environments at the Reserve. From kayaking to beach walks to how to catch and cook your own local seafood, there’s sure to be something for everyone. View the Current Program Schedule here, or visit the Education Page for more information about the Reserve’s Education Program. To register for programs or for more information, please call 843-546-4623.