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Audubon Speaker: Deborah Cramer
May 11, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for an evening of conservation and conversation with author Deborah Cramer
The Narrow Edge: A tiny bird, an ancient crab, & an epic journey
Wednesday May 11
Between the full moons of April and May every year, the lowcountry hosts a spectacular array of migrating birds. Deborah Cramer traced the journey of the red knot, a shorebird roughly the size of a coffee cup, which uses our coast as a stopover on its 10,000 mile migration from Tierra de Fuego to the Arctic. Her talk will describe their trip, the threats they face, and the people working to protect them along the way.
The lecture and reception are free of charge. Seating is limited, and RSVPs will be honored.
RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org will also be registered for door prize
Hosted by Charleston Audubon and co-sponsored by SC Audubon, SELC,
Coastal Conservation League, Coastal Expeditions, and the Library
Each year tiny sandpipers—red knots—undertake a near miraculous 19,000 mile journey from one end of the earth to the other and back. In this firsthand account, Deborah Cramer accompanies them on their extraordinary odyssey along the length of two continents, tracking birds from remote Tierra del Fuego to the icy Arctic. On the full moon of spring’s highest tides, she seeks out horseshoe crabs, ancient, primordial animals whose eggs are essential to migrating shorebirds, and whose blue blood, unbeknownst to most people, safeguards human health. The Narrow Edge offers unique insight into how the lives of humans, red knots and horseshoe crabs are intertwined, and is an inspiring portrait of loss and resilience, of the tenacity of birds, and the courage of the many people who bird by bird and beach by beach, keep red knots flying.