February 1999

February 3, 1999

Dear SCAN members,

The Annual Meeting of the Association was started with a greeting by Jim Knight. He described a bird-egg collection containing 6,000 eggs that was recently added to the State Museum. It sounded like an exhibit that SCAN members would not want to miss. The featured speaker for this meeting was Dr. Jackie Palmer. In her very informative and well presented talk entitled “Magical Spinsters: Spiders, Silks, and Stories” she shared some of the magic spiders hold for her, described how spiders make silk, and presented a little of the folklore surrounding spiders and their webs. A lively 15 minute question and answer session followed her talk. The afternoon session opened with a presentation by Charlie Williams on Magnolia macrophylla. His description of the amazing coincidences that allowed him to find near Charlotte some stands of this very unusual tree from information in Andre Michaux’s diary was spellbinding. This was followed by Lynn Smith doing her usual outstanding job of presenting slides showing member activities from this past year. A dearth of slides from 1998 field trips allowed time for her to show slides from the birding trip that nine SCAN members enjoyed in Costa Rica.

At the business meeting, the treasurer, Bill Carter, reported that income in 1997 exceeded the Association’s expenses. He also reported that the “Education Account” had received $7500 from Sam Outen’s estate to support production of a book on the “Second Ten Years of Scan”. Virginia Winn, the chairperson of the book committee, reported that the book preparation was proceeding on target and is expected to be printed by June of this year. The entire committee, which includes Lynn Smith, Dee Hope, Jan Ciegler, and Heidi Hoerman, was recognized for the many, many hours of work that they have and will expend to produce the book. The list of trips for 1999 that was developed by the “Planning Committee” which is included with this newsletter was presented to the group. The announced trip to Sandy Island in February has been replaced with Woods Bay State Park because of serious complications in visiting the Island. The Association expressed their thanks to the retiring Regional Directors for four regions(Charlie Williams, Ted Cottingham, Alex Ciegler, Julie Finlayson, and Sandy Elliott) for a job well done. Also, Lynn Smith received a standing ovation for an outstanding job as the Association’s Secretary for 3 years. The slate of officers for 1999 that was published in the January newsletter was accepted unanimously. The several new faces among the officers for 1999 are a tribute to the efforts of Dee Hope, the nominating committee chairman.

Look forward to seeing you all on the many interesting field trips planned for 1999.


Ken Boni, President

DUES: If you have stars on your mailing label, we have not yet received your dues for 1999. Dues were due in January. I am sure that you don’t want to miss any of the very interesting trips planned for 1999. Dues are $12 for the first member in a household and $5 for each additional member sharing the same newsletter. Please send your check in now to the SCAN P.O. Box so that you can continue to receive the newsletter.

ETV Solicitation: On Saturday, March 20 SCAN members will be answering the phones from 7 to 11 PM during ETV’s Spring fund-raising drive. In addition to helping ETV, it is good publicity for SCAN. If you are available for this service, please call Lynn Greenlee at her home phone 787-7494 or work phone 736-0866.

OPPORTUNITY: Falcon Publishing is looking for an author to describe 25-35 drives that highlight the natural wonders of South Carolina for an outdoor guide entitled “Scenic Driving South Carolina”. Anyone interested should contact Tom Marino at P.O. Box 1718, Helena, MT 59624 or at email: tmarino@falconguide.com. You can visit Falcon on the web at www.falconoutdoors.com.


Saturday February 27, 1999 at 10:30 AM


Florence, Sumter, and Clarendon Counties

Woods Bay is a large, perfectly egg-shaped Carolina Bay. It covers 1500 acres and holds year round 3 to 4 feet deep of spring-fed water. It is our first all-nature State Park and has cypress-tupelo swamps, evergreen shrub thickets, grass-sedge marshes, and sand-rim communities. A boardwalk extends into the bay. Reptiles, amphibians, aquatic insects, and birds are readily found here. There are picnic tables, restrooms, and a Nature Center at the site.

Directions to Woods Bay State Park

If you come into the area on US 378 from the west, go to Turbeville, take US 301 almost to Olanta. A Woods Bay sign will direct you onto secondary road S-43-48 and then on to the park entrance. If coming on I-95, take the Shiloh exit (#141). Then you may take US 378 to Turbeville, or you may follow the Woods Bay sign onto secondary road 58. At Shiloh United Methodist Church, turn left onto Woods Bay Road (S-43-48) which will take you to the park entrance. Woods Bay is 7 miles from the Shiloh exit.

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