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More than 700 guests joined us on October 15 at the Gaillard Center to celebrate our big 4-0 and raise money for the campaign for MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital

Lowcountry anglers will tell you that fall’s the best time to cast for Sciaenops ocellatus, the state’s most popular saltwater game fish. Esteemed for its fresh, clean taste and renowned for its fight, this coveted creature goes by many names, including spottail bass, channel bass, redfish, red drum, and puppy drum. No matter what you call it, you’re sure to thrill at the sight of its reddish-bronze rear-end ”tailing” in creeks, rivers, and surf as it feeds, showing off a distinctive spot on the base of its caudal fin

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Few would argue that the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is among the most charming members of the Lowcountry animal kingdom, what with its graceful moves, perma-smile, and playful personality. Some of the creature’s magic must also come from the fact that as a warm-blooded mammal, it surfaces regularly for air, offering humans a glimpse of life below the waves. Often, you’ll see several together, as these highly intelligent swimmers form fluid pods of up to 25 members. Below, find more facts about this charismatic character, which isn’t to be confused with its blunter-nosed cousin, the porpoise, or with the dolphinfish, aka mahi-mahi

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Of all the stinging, biting, buzzing insects inhabiting the Lowcountry, mosquitoes may bug us most. Some 3,200 species of these two-winged devils of the order Diptera—called ”true flies”—exist worldwide, and South Carolina has the dubious distinction of welcoming 60 of them. The type you’re most likely to see in your backyard (particularly if you allow water to collect in abandoned flower pots or beneath leaky spigots) is the Asian tiger (Aedes albopictus), shown here. They say you should know your enemy, right? Read on for the deets on the blood-thirsty, prolifically breeding mosquito

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As his sharpshooting in-laws look on, a local cook/curator/designer embarks on his first deer hunt and finds a new connection to the cycles of life