The Convergence of Historic Rice Fields into Cornerstones for Modern Day Conseration in the Lowcountry

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Location:  Coastal Discovery Museum

Coastal Discovery Museum 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island , SC 29926

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Join us at the Coastal Discovery Museum for a virtual program as we learn from Dr. Ernie Wiggers about rice farming.  Rice farming which dates back more than 300 years left a man-made footprint on the marshes and wetlands of coastal South Carolina.  Remarkably, the infrastructure of this long ago agricultural system has been sustained over time and used today for wildlife conservation purposes.  Much of the technology used during the rice growing era to manipulate water management is till used today to create habitats for a diverse suite of migratory birds.  These historic rice fields were critical in the recovery of the Bald Eagle and American Alligator in our state and responsible for a new suite of bird species that have found Lowcountry marshes.

The cost is $5 and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223.