Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2018 Garden and Gun - Cocktails and Conservation

Bill Palmer and Paul Grimes 
New for 2018 SEWE
After a successful run of having a large booth outside at Marion Square during the SE Wildlife Expo, the folks at Garden and Gun magazine decided to host a pair of new events dubbed Cocktails and Conservation. The first event on 2 p.m. on Saturday featured Bill Palmer from Tall Timbers Research Station in Florida, where research on fire ecology and bobwhite quail is conducted every day. Paul Grimes is the regional game bird biologist that oversees South Carolina lands. Writer T. Edward Nickens moderated the questions that came from the knowledgeable attendees, while Palmer explained how more resources are required to keep a fire culture at the forefront of conservation today. Tall Timbers advocates for more land under management for quail, with an emphasis on restoring fire to areas it is absent from now.

The second event on Sunday at 2 p.m. featured editor David DeBenedetto as moderator for aquaculture experts Ryan Croxton and Cyrus Buffum. A plate of three oysters from different locations were presented along with a bourbon drink from Blade and Bow. There seemed to be a lot of interest in how oysters can filter the water and actually improve the habitat they are growing in. Recycling oyster shell is also a popular topic since the availability of solid substrate is imperative in the Lowcountry where silt and pluff mud dominates the estuary.

For past blog entries about Tall Timbers Field Days in S.C. click 2017 -  2013 2011 - 2010  or Independent Quail Workshop 2014

To view past blog entries from the Savannah River Turkey Invitational click 2013 - 2012 - 2011 
Tall Timbers / Red Hills Legacy book review

Blade and Bow bourbon served with oysters

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