Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day

Audubon South Carolina's mission is to protect habitats and the animals, especially birds, that live therein. On Memorial Day, we remember the millions of men and women that have served and those that have sacrificed their bodies and lives so that we may live the lives of our choosing, including protecting and teaching about the unique place that is the virgin, old-growth swamp of the Francis Beidler Forest.

Unfortunately, human evil does not cease on this holiday or any other day of the year, so there continues to be a need for men and women, military or otherwise, to serve and protect our freedoms. The natural world does not rest either. Atmospheric and geologic interactions with mankind are in the headlines, while the ever-present struggle for survival dominates the remainder of the living world. Previously, we have shown the nests of Prothonotary Warblers (Protonotaria citrea) hidden in the many thousands of Bald Cypress knees. This past weekend, one of those nests was discovered by a Greenish Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta x quadrivittata). You can see the images taken by Ron Wright by clicking here and then clicking on "slideshow" in the upper right corner.

Semper Fi!

Image by Fred W. Baker III, Department of Defense

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