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Discovery Lecture Series

October 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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The Coastal Discovery Museum is offering several online lectures during Crescendo 2020.

These are available for online registration for $5 per registration.  A link will be emailed to you for this online experience.

Join us to learn more about our lowcountry environment – from the experts!

Miracle of Migration

Monday, October 5th – 2 PM
Diana Churchill – Author

Every spring, hundreds of thousands of migratory birds leave winter homes in Central and South America to fly north to breeding grounds in the United States and Canada. This program will introduce you to the why, how, and who of migration, preparing you to be on the look-out for some 200 species of birds that begin arriving in our area as early as February.

How is the Water? Seeking Solutions in the Age of Climate Change

Wednesday, October 7th- 2 PM
Kevin Mills – South Carolina Aquarium

Learn what’s at stake in the Lowcountry as the planet warms and sea levels rise, and find out how the South Carolina Aquarium is helping communities develop the capacity to contend with the impacts of climate change. Kevin Mills is President and CEO of the South Carolina Aquarium, a private, nonprofit institution committed to saving species and connecting people with the natural world.  During his 14-year tenure, the Aquarium has expanded its education programming worldwide, launched the innovative Sea Turtle Care Center, and enhanced its position as the number one travel destination in Charleston.  In 2019, the Aquarium received the prestigious National Medal for Museums and Libraries.

The Box that Changed the World

Wednesday, October 14th – 2 PM
Captain Tom Anderson

The invention of the modern shipping container was a paradigm shift that changed the world of sea going commerce.  Containerization guided the design of new ships and the construction of new ports, created new jobs, and delivered products that have revolutionized the lives of millions of people.  Today, a flourishing industry recycles used containers into homes, offices, hospitals, and other important structures.

Marine Mammals of South Carolina

Monday, October 19th – 2 PM
Al Segars – Retired Veterinarian, SCDNR

Join Dr. Al Segars, retired veterinarian with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, for a presentation on the marine mammals sharing our coast focusing on the critically endangered the Northern Right Whale. Topics will include dolphins, whales, manatees, seals and the latest information on Right Whales and appropriate behavior around marine mammals. Dr. Al Segars is a retired veterinarian with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources with a long career studying the endangered and threatened species in our coast

The Great Southern Swamp

Monday, October 26th – 2 PM
Robert Rommel – Wildlife Photographer and Biologist

Historically roughly 1/3 of the state of South Carolina was covered with wetlands.  The vast majority of these wetlands were in the coastal plains.  As you leave the immediate coastline, the wetlands were dominated by cypress swamps.  We’ll examine the history of this great swamp and the biology of what makes the cypress tree unique.  We’ll also discuss some of the dynamics of this unique ecosystem and the animals and plants that make the cypress swamp their home.

Robert Rommel received degrees in biology and ecology from Princeton University and the University of Michigan.  Robert now works as a wildlife photographer based out of the Lowcountry and traveling across North America.

The Ripple Effects of Pesticides

Wednesday, October 28th – 2 PM
Juliana Smith – South Carolina Coastal Conservation League

During this lecture, learn what’s at stake for native wildlife when we use common pesticides. We’ll discuss different types of pesticides and how they extend beyond their intended victims. Plus, we’ll learn how to more sustainably address pest problems at home and in our communities.

Juliana Smith is the South Coast project manager for the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League where she works to advocate for the conservation of our local habitats and the flora and fauna that call them home.


October 26, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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