“Reflections on a Seabird Rookery-Deveaux Bank”

Book Release Cover Dana Beach Deveaux
The South Carolina Botanical Garden supports the upcoming presentation of “Reflections on a Seabird Rookery-Deveaux Bank” by Dana Beach, founder of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League.

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“Reflections on a Seabird Rookery-Deveaux Bank, South Carolina”
Upcoming Presentation by Dana Beach, Executive Director of the Coastal Conservation League

Thursday, August 28, 2014
6 PM Ticketed reception with Patrick McMillian, Director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, to honor author and photographer: Dana Beach
7:15 PM –Deveaux book presentation and signing with Dana Beach
Presentation is free and open to the public
Both events will be held at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
at Patrick Square, 100 Thomas Green Boulevard, (578 Issaqueena Trail),
Clemson, SC, 29631

Birders and naturalists in upstate South Carolina will have a rare opportunity to hear Dana Beach, Executive Director of the Coastal Conservation League, speak in Clemson about Deveaux Bank Seabird Sanctuary.  His presentation, based on his new book, Deveaux, is a reflection on the life of a South Carolina seabird rookery, known as Deveaux Bank at the mouth of the North Edisto River.  In his presentation, Beach will chronicle the annual cycle of reproduction and renewal on this ephemeral sand bar.  Beach’s stories and photographs will be a moving reminder of the fragility, beauty, and natural diversity found in South Carolina.

Dana’s 7:15 PM talk is free and open to the public, and signed copies of his book will be available for sale at $39.95. Proceeds will go directly towards the conservation programs of the Coastal Conservation League and the South Carolina Botanical Garden.  Pre-orders may be placed by contacting Bea Girndt at 843-725-2062 or beag@scccl.org

A reception with Patrick McMillian, honoring Dana Beach and benefiting birding at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, will be held at 6:00 PM prior to Dana’s talk.  Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by contacting Darlene Evans or Shaunda Soto at 864-656-3405 or registering online here before August 20, 2014.   Please come join Patrick McMillian, host, co-creator, and writer of the popular, Emmy-award winning ETV nature program Expeditions, along with sponsors including the Keowee Clemson Bird Club, The Foothills Group of the Sierra Club, The South Carolina Master Naturalist Program, The South Carolina Master Gardener Program, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to welcome Dana Beach to Clemson and to learn more about Deveaux Bank and nesting seabirds.

Speaker: Edward Dana Beach
Dana Beach was born in Columbia, South Carolina.  In 1989, he founded the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League.  Beach has served on a variety of boards, including the Penn Center on St. Helena Island, the American College of the Building Arts, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy USA, Charleston Day School and the Butler Conservation Fund.

Beach is the recipient of the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the James L. Dockery Southern Environmental Leadership Award, the EPA and Environmental Law Institute National Wetlands Award, and the S.C. Legislature’s Environmental Awareness Award. He is married to Virginia Christian Beach from Richmond, Virginia.  They have two children, Nellie and Francis.

Coastal Conservation League (CCL)
For a quarter of a century, the Coastal Conservation League has worked to preserve the environment and quality of life of the South Carolina Lowcountry.  The Conservation League is headquartered in Charleston, with local offices in Georgetown and Beaufort and a legislative affairs office in Columbia.  In 2011, the League launched GrowFood Carolina, the state’s first local food hub.  Over the past 25 years, the League has helped protect more than one million acres of land, established stronger state and local environmental policies and programs, and inspired a sense of optimism for the future.  The Conservation League has played a leading role in protecting coastal wildlife habitat, especially critical feeding and nesting areas – such as those found on Deveaux Bank – where seabirds and shorebirds can thrive.

Image of Dana Beach