The Essential SEWE 

Your guide to the 2009 Expo

Twenty-seven years ago, the Southeastern Wildlife Expo was started as a small winter diversion,but since then SEWE has grown into the nation's largest wildlife art and nature event. And rightfully so; just look over this guide and learn about all the fun and exciting activities available to SEWE-goers. There's the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Show, the always thrilling Dock Dogs competition, the Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast, and much, much more. Get ready to have a howling good time.

Wolves On Film
The tale of the Sawtooth Pack takes center stage
Wolves are a touchy subject. Just ask Sarah Palin. When we recently spoke to the nonprofit Living with Wolves corporation, its director voiced concerns about at least one previous newspaper report. And with good reason.

Drawn to Be Wild
Thomas Brooks ditches the great outdoors and heads for the Holy City
It could be something as simple as a sand-hill crane standing in the pine flatwood in the very early morning, when the light is softer and there is still a hint of a chill in the air. Maybe it's a wood duck, resting near a mist-shrouded pond, or a hunting dog cocking his head up to listen in a grassy prairie.

Shuck It
Slurp down oysters and help preserve the wetlands at the same time
After 27 years, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition still refuses to settle for anything less than spectacular. With SEWE presenting diverse exhibits, original art, lectures, and presentations, no wonder 40,000 plus people invade the Charleston peninsula for this exciting weekend in February.

Animal Attraction
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary wants to show you their wild side
The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Animal Show is one of the highlights of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Based out of Jupiter, Florida, the sanctuary tours all over the country promoting education and awareness of wildlife and habitat conservation.

Ready, Set, Retrieve!
So you want to teach your dog to hunt?
The Cooper River Retriever Club of South Carolina will be part of a 45-minute demonstration showing the skill level of their hunting dogs. The show will begin with a parade of all the dogs that will be participating in the festivities. Then it's time to "make dirt fly" as club member Tom McKenzie sends out his dog Marty to wind through palm fronds and hay bales looking for four fake birds simultaneously.

Winging It
The Center for Birds of Prey hosts a high flying demonstration
The Center for Birds of Prey, working in conjunction with the Carolina Raptor Center, is returning to SEWE once again to give attendees a thrilling show starring, you guessed it, our fine feathered friends.

Cast Away
Learn how to cast net fish
Like any sport or activity you may encounter in life, getting good takes practice. In the realm of cast net and fly fishing, it takes a little more. In fact, it could be easily argued by anglers that even catching one fish takes lots of practice, and, of course, patience. Luckily, for those of us who weren't born with fishing rods in our hands, we get the opportunity to see the pros do it at this year's SEWE.

A Big LEEP
Group to host enviro lecture for the kids
It's all in the name. Literally jumping into the SEWE spotlight this year is LEEP, short for the Lowcountry Environmental Education Programs. On February 14 and 15, Ian Sanchez, executive director of LEEP, will present a lecture on the green group's Project WOW.

Swing Time
This party is a celebration for fauna and human alike
In order to thank all of the participants at this year's Southeastern Wildlife Expo, the SEWE staff is throwing a soiree at the Charleston Visitor Bus Shed.
Complete Schedule

Event Locations
Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St.
Riviera Theatre, 225 King St.
Mills House Hotel, 115 Meeting St.
Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.
Marion Square Park, Corner of Calhoun and King streets
Brittlebank Park, 180 Lockwood Blvd.
Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd.

Tickets THREE-DAY PASS: $40 -- DAY PASS: $20 , Fri. and Sat., $10, Sun. -- Children under 10 are free with a paying adult

Despite the 40,000 SEWE attendees expected to converge on Charleston this weekend, VIP tickets are still available. These, unlike the three-day and day passes, may only be purchased over the phone: (843) 723-1748. There are different levels of VIP tickets (Patron, Benefactor, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum) which provide increasing numbers of tickets to special events, like the Thursday evening Black Tie Preview Gala and the very popular Saturday Night Oyster Roast (be sure to check out the SEWE website for what each package entails). Advance day passes (both of the three-and one-day variety) are available at the Charleston Visitor Center, Gaillard Auditorium (77 Calhoun St.), Mt. P/IOP Visitor Center (311 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Ste. 121), Kiawah Island Visitor Center (200 Beachwalker Drive), and the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum (4975-B Centre Point Drive). During SEWE, day passes can be purchased at any of the event locations.

For More Information:
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition - 211 Meeting St. - 723-1748 - www.sewe.com

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