Local author, Virginia Beach, discusses the history of conservation in the Carolina Lowcountry


Join us Tuesday, September 23rd 2014 at 6PM, at the McKinley-Washington Auditorium at the Avery Research Center as local conservationist and author Virginia Beach discusses her most recent book, Rice and Ducks: The Surprising Convergence that Saved the Carolina Lowcountry. Ms. Beach’s book is a modern conservation story, rooted in America’s earliest colonial beginnings and in the ancient migrations of the Atlantic flyway. Rice and Ducks considers the important interactions between southern plantation owners, slave descendants, northern industrialists, powerful U.S. Senators, daring scientists, dedicated game managers, media magnates, Trappist monks and Wall Street financiers. These unlikely allies recognized a need to preserve the Lowcountry’s natural bounty in the face of development and industrial growth after the Civil War and into the 20th century. An extraordinary conservation ethos emerged that would result in the permanent protection of more than 1.2 million acres along the coastal plain of South Carolina.

Following Ms. Beach’s talk, join us for a book signing and view a number of stunning artifacts from local archives used in the creation of Rice and Ducks. Copies of Rice and Ducks will be on sale the evening of the event; all proceeds go toward the conservation and restoration of migratory bird habitat.