ACE of Basin
ACE of Basin

When you're at SEWE this weekend, make sure that you catch an exclusive screening of Common Ground: The Story of the ACE Basin by documentarian Bill Bailey. The film tells the story of how various individuals and organizations helped protect the ACE river basin, which stretches from Charleston to Beaufort, S.C. ACE is an acronym that stands for the defining rivers of the St. Helena Sound: the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto. "These rivers were protected under a heroic conservation effort," Bailey says. — Cullen Lea

Dana Beach flocks to East Africa to photograph flamingos
Dana Beach flocks to East Africa to photograph flamingos Birds of a Feather

With its curved black bill, skinny pink legs, and long neck, the flamingo is certainly an odd-looking bird. Graceful and awkward, flamingos have been descending on the salty lakes of East Africa for 30 million years. And few Lowcountry residents know these creatures quite like Dana Beach. — Amy S. Mercer

Wildlife of the Party
Wildlife of the Party

Watching a bald eagle snatch a defenseless bunny with its talons on the boob tube can't compare to watching a bird of prey up close and personal. At least that's what David Hitzig, executive director of the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, believes. — Joelle Pettus

Take Flight
Take Flight

It's not that often that you see falcon ride a thermal above Marion Square and dive toward the ground at 150 miles per hour (and no, we're not exaggerating). If that was a regular occurrence — and quite frankly, we're not even sure if there's ever been a single instance of that happening — we seriously doubt you'd see that many bikini-wearing sunbathers and their tiny dogs lounging about. The falcon is a bird of prey, after all. — Cullen Lea

Get in the pit with barbecue badass Jimmy Hagood
Get in the pit with barbecue badass Jimmy Hagood 'Cue Captain

Jimmy Hagood has won barbecue competitions all over the Southeast, from his 2004 first place win at the North Carolina State Barbecue Championship to a 2002 Grand Championship accolade at the South Carolina State Barbecue Championship. But let's get one thing straight: His first competitive barbecue event was at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo some 20 years ago. On that day, Hagood walked away with a second place award for amateurs. Today he's one of the ultimate pit professionals, owner of Food for the Southern Soul, BlackJack Barbecue, and Tidewater Foods & Catering. This year, he's coming back to SEWE to present his very own Cue Camp to eager participants. — Kinsey Gidick

The Ultimate SEWE Guide
The Ultimate SEWE Guide Let's do it like they do it on the Discovery channel

An estimated 40,000 hunters, wildlife art aficionados, and their brood are expected to descend on the Holy City this week for the annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, signaling the start of the busy tourist season here in Chucktown. (And, seriously, if you're going to make your way to the Lowcountry, it's better to do it earlier in the year instead of during the oh-so-sweaty dog-days of summer.) —

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