The Eastern Brown Pelican is common along the South Carolina coastline, and it's the only pelican in the world that isn't white. The beautiful bird in the picture below was hanging out on a pier in Myrtle Beach.

Campbell Covered Bridge
© Joanna Thurman of Conway

Brown Pelicans nest in coastal areas from Mexico to North Carolina. Because of the effects of the pesticide DDT, they were added to the federal endangered species list in 1970. Happily, the past four decades have seen a substantial recovery in their numbers. Here in South Carolina, the Deveaux Bank Heritage Preserve within the ACE Basin is a very popular nesting spot for the birds.

SCIWAY thanks Joanna Thurman of Conway who captured this great shot. Joanna says that she "much prefers winter at Myrtle Beach to summer, as one is more likely to have close encounters with visitors of another type, such as this Brown Pelican. I always carry a little camera in my pocket, and this day it paid off by providing me with a very fond memory. I chuckle every time I look at it because the bird was such a character."

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Myrtle Beach Marathon
Myrtle Beach – February 17-19, 2011

Even if you're not ready to run the full marathon, you can still choose from a half marathon, a 5K, a fun run, or a bicycle ride. There will be a party after the races to celebrate your victory of the course! The Myrtle Beach Marathon continues its tradition of benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Carolina and the Horry County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Charleston – February 18-20, 2011

There is no better way to beat the winter blues than to participate in a three-day celebration of nature. The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition ("SEWE") is the largest event of its kind in the country. Over 500 exhibitors will help promote conservation and preservation of wildlife through education and the visual arts.

South Carolina Events
Complete Calendar of February's SC Events
Statewide – February 1-28, 2011

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