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Rainy Day Kayaking

“Do you still kayak if it’s raining?” It’s a question we get asked all the time at Black River Outdoors. The answer is complicated… Sometimes we don’t have a choice in the matter. While the weatherman is pretty good here, he’s not perfect, and I can tell you several stories…

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Raccoon Rescue!

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Spring is in the Air

Cypress Swamp

Spring is in the air here on the Grand Strand (at least it was for a couple days – its currently cold and dreary again).  As the seasons change and the weather begins to warm up, all sorts of fascinating animal activity can be observed!  Amanda was barked at by a white-tailed deer a few…

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Fallout from Hurricane Irma

Salt Marsh

Brown Noddy blown in by Hurricane Irma While Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on Florida and the Caribbean, here in the Grand Strand we got very lucky.  There was minimal damage, and we had the opportunity to see some very unusual wildlife.  When a big hurricane comes up from the south, it…

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Kids Are Not naturally Afraid of Snakes

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Summer Kayaking on the Salt Marsh

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…

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Update on the rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Salt Marsh

We have good news so far on the rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Gary (as he has been named) is doing well at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital in Charleston (see the link below for details). The Sea Turtle rescue system in South Carolina is pretty amazing. Between S.C.U.T.E (see link below) and the…

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Loggerhead Sea Turtle Rescue

Salt Marsh

A group of Black River Outdoors Guides and some naturalists from Huntington Beach State Park spent last Sunday afternoon paddling in the marsh behind Pawleys Island looking for the rare and elusive Diamond Backed Terrapin.  These little salt marsh turtles were hunted heavily for turtle soup in the past (this is no longer a popular…

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The Salt Marsh at Low Tide

Salt Marsh

We were quite busy with our Kayak EcoTours during the two weeks surrounding Easter. Spring Break brings lots of visitors to the Myrtle Beach area. I am finally finding time to do a Blog post. The Salt Marsh really comes to life at low tide. Birds love to eat at low tide, when their prey…

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Leatherback Sea Turtle on Full Moon Kayak EcoTour

Salt Marsh

I saw my first ever Leatherback Sea Turtle in the wild today on our Full Moon Kayak EcoTour. We paddled out into Murrells Inlet in daylight, and walked along the beach out to the jetty. We had seen quite a few cannonball jellyfish along the way, along with Least Terns, Red-Breasted Mergansers, herons and egrets. The…

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