Jim Lee of D. N. R. was our guide for a day of exploration on Cat and South Islands, home of the Yawkey Wildlife Center. The high school students, along with Dr. Gates and Dr. Razzi, took the ferry across the Intracoastal Waterway to the landing, then loaded into the tour bus.
Lucky for us, wildlife sightings were abundant–deer, a very cold pelican, shore birds such as cranes and heron, juvenile bald eagles and vultures. There was even one red cockaded woodpecker, a local endangered species that nests in old-growth, long leaf pine trees. But the students’ favorite was an otter who crossed the road and dove into the creek on the other side. “That otter runs really weird,” observed Nathan as all the students pointed their phones and captured “Derrick.”
Jim Lee took us to a wooden chapel which had its own congregation until fairly recently. He played a recording of their choir singing gospel hymns so we could understand how the chapel used to be and what is lost now. The music was both familiar and haunting, giving us a sense of our own community’s rich history.
After lunch, we visited Mr. Yawkey’s game room, which contained his big game trophies and memorabilia from the years he was the owner of the Red Sox. One giant elk dwarfed the room, its antlers as wide as the height of some of the students.
Everyone came back to school in excellent spirits after this fun day of investigating the natural, cultural and historic riches of Georgetown County. Thank you, Jim Lee and D. N. R., for a wonderfully enriching experience.