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Environmental Program Update

Lake Timicau Update

Equipment and materials have started arriving to Dewees Island, additional items will arrive next week.  Construction should begin in 2 weeks starting with the water control structure connecting Lake Timicau to the Impoundment then the one-pipe structure and finally replacing the 6-pipes structure.

Nesting Shorebirds

Our beach is a very active place for nesting shorebirds this season; the threatened Wilson’s Plover & Least Tern.  Nesting areas are posted on Dewees Island along Capers Inlet Walk and north of Osprey Walk. You may encounter nesting areas outside of the posted areas so please exercise caution in areas above the high tide line and dunes.  Please stay on walkways (dogs too) when walking to the beach and keep dogs out of dune areas.  To learn more about nesting shorebirds please click here and here.

Bees

The bees you see flying around the shuttle carts on Dewees Island are Digger Bees, a type of mining bee.  These bees are very non-aggressive and will not sting unless handled or trapped in clothing.  Digger bees are solitary bees that individually rear their young in the soil tunnels they construct.   Males can be seen flying over the site during the day looking for a chance to mate.  Not to worry; males cannot sting.  After mating; females dig the burrows into which they place pollen and lay eggs.  Larvae will develop into adult bees and emerge the following spring.    Mining bees are extremely beneficial to the environment. They are exceptionally good pollinators for a variety of native & ornamental plants and vegetable crops.  

Termites

You may see winged termites flying around your home this time of year.  Termite colonies produce swarmers; which are winged adults that leave their colony to start their own.  Seeing swarmers around your house does not mean your house is infested; it is just a reminder they are nearby and time to make sure your home is protected.  When protecting your home from termite damage make sure your pest control company is using organic products and if organic products are not available they use the least harmful option and apply directly to pilings and/or use bait stations.   Termites are a natural part of the ecosystem helping to break down plant matter very quickly thereby releasing nutrients for new plants to grow.   For more information on termites please click here.