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What do Blue-winged Teal and Pumpkin Spice Lattes Have In Common?

Blue-Winged-Teal

By: Paul Laurent- Lead Kayak and Birding Guide/Naturalist/Man of Many Hats It sure feels like summer here in South Carolina, but Fall is already here for the birds. The yearly calendar for our feathered friends is not quite lined up with our own ideas. The baby birds from Spring have fledged and left the nests,…

Let em’ Nest, Let em’ Rest: Why Shorebirds Need Your Help This Season

American Oystercatcher Nesting

By: Paul Laurent Kayak Guide, Naturalist, Expert Birding Guide Summer on the Grand Strand means it’s beach time for millions of people. The sun, sand, and surf are the big draws for countless visitors each year, but the beach isn’t just popular for tourists. Shorebirds and seabirds are common sights at the beach. We see small…

The Effects of Natural Disasters on Recreation Tourism Along the Grand Strand

Kayaking in the Salt Marsh

Before Myrtle Beach Was Myrtle Beach The Grand Strand has been a popular vacation destination for travelers across the world since the 1930’s. It’s hard to imagine, but before that time, most of the Myrtle Beach area that we know today was uninhabitable because of how difficult it was to get here. There were none…

Summer Kayaking on the Salt Marsh

Summer is here in full force on the Grand Strand, and in Murrells Inlet and Huntington Beach State Park that means some pretty amazing bird watching!  The herons, egrets, wood storks and Ibis that have been nesting in huge rookeries in the swamps have fledged their babies and are taking the kids over to Huntington…