Thursday, December 7, 2017

Area students create art to protect shorebirds — and it appears to be working

Let ‘Em Rest Let ‘Em Nest

Posted by Francesca Mathewes on Thu, Dec 7, 2017 at 1:39 PM

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If you’ve been to the beach lately, you’ve probably noticed some new additions to your go-to access path. These colorful works of art are the product of none other than Charleston’s own (students, that is), as part of an initiative by Audubon South Carolina (ASC) to protect highly endangered species of shorebirds native to Charleston’s coastline.

Shorebird and seabird populations have dropped about 70 percent in the last 40 years, placing them amongst some of the most imperiled animal species in the world. Every winter, ASC goes to fourth through sixth grade classrooms and educates young students about the dangers to Lowcountry seabirds. Students are given a blank sign template and instructed to draw their favorite seabird and an original slogan, and selected drawings are turned into durable plastic signs placed at beach accesses to steer people away from endangered bird nests.

The signs are part of ASC’s larger project, “Let ‘Em Rest Let ‘Em Nest,” which seeks to educate people about the importance of reducing human disturbance to coastal bird nests — and it’s having some visible success.

Recently, ASC saw the first successful nest and hatch of an American Oystercatcher in a long time. "Oystercatchers usually try to nest on this beach, (on the Lighthouse Inlet side of Folly Beach), but are inevitably scared off the nest by too many roving beach goers walking too close. Watching those chicks grow old enough to fly and fend for themselves was a wonderful sight to witness,” said, Nolan Schillerstrom, ASCs Coastal Program Coordinator in a press release.

ASC continues to educate more students and work to print more signs to distribute to beach access paths, but in the meantime, beachgoers can follow these steps to help seabirds to successfully nest on Charleston beaches:

1. Keep away from birds.
2. Respect posted nesting and feeding areas.
3. Don’t force birds to fly.
4. Keep pets on a leash.
5. Keep the beach trash-free.
6. Be mindful of where you land your boat.
7. Teach others to protect birds on our beaches.

How close to a bird is too close? If birds react — calling loudly or taking flight — step back immediately. A good rule is to stay at least 50 yards away, or half the length of a football field.
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The Cocktail Bandits speak at next Friday's Creative Mornings


Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Dec 7, 2017 at 1:34 PM

Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves are The Cocktail Bandits. - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves are The Cocktail Bandits.
You've seen The Cocktail Bandits, Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves, at bars and restaurants around town. The pair are cocktail aficionados, no doubt, but they're also steadily promoting female empowerment in the Charleston F&B industry through their blog and at speaking events.

Next Fri. Dec. 15 at 8 a.m. The Cocktail Bandits speak at Creative Mornings Charleston on the topic of Context. The morning talk is held at Charleston Distilling Co. and, like always, is free to attend as long as you register starting at 10 a.m. on Mon. Dec. 11.

Caldwell and Reaves were named two of Charleston's 50 Most Progressive Charlestonians in 2016. They've been featured on Sirius XM Radio online, NBC BLK online, Metro UK online, Style Me Pretty, and more. You can hire Caldwell and Reaves for corporate functions, event curation, and speaking engagements. But first, check them out at CMCHS.

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Comedy Fest darlings Reformed Whores sing about sexual misconduct in "Keep It In Your Pants"

It's simple, really

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Dec 7, 2017 at 11:40 AM

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Reformed Whores, the NYC-based duo comprised of Katy Frame and Marie Cecile Anderson, visit the Charleston Comedy Fest every year, bringing with them such tongue-in-cheek tunes as "Girls Poop Too," "Whorny," and "Southern Cumfort." The act is a big hit with audiences and the subject matter is always on the nose — someone's gotta sing it like it is.

Earlier this week Reformed Whores released a song, "Keep it in Your Pants," as a response to what they call "this sexual misconduct drama." As usual, Frame and Anderson's voices are sweet, but their words are biting. They sing relatable lines like:

"Of course I think the patriarchy should be dismantled / but not if it means all my favorite shows get cancelled / so keep it in your pants, or all my favorite films won't stand a chance."
The Reformed Whores are us (we liked House of Cards as much as the next guy), when they croon, "Stop publicly rubbing up on your crotch — or I'll have no TV left to watch."

Of course the song is satirical — Frame and Anderson know that sexual misconduct allegations are far more serious than no longer being able to watch our favorite TV shows. But in the shitshow that is 2017, why not laugh a little?

Check out the full video below. 

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