Tom Yawkey, long-time owner of the Boston Red Sox and avid conservationist, willed his magnificent South Island Plantation to the SC Department of Natural Resources in what is considered one of the most outstanding gifts to conservation in North America. This property, located on three coastal islands at the mouth of Winyah Bay, consists of pristine marshes, wetlands, ocean beaches, long leaf pine and maritime forests. Over the years it has become a refuge for wildlife preservation, providing research, education, field study, and protection for endangered species. Entrance to the refuge is difficult to come by and strictly limited to groups of 14. We’ll carpool to the Georgetown area, walk across a pontoon bridge, then tour by van, stopping once to see the Yawkeys’ matching house trailers and retreat. We’ve run this trip again and again with good reason. Besides being a wonderfully informative tour, the shore and wetland scenery is magnificent. Bird and waterfowl migration is at its peak during the winter months, which will make this trip particularly interesting. Minimal walking; participants must be able to step up into the van. Bring water and binoculars. Bugs should not be that much of a problem at this time of year but long sleeves, pants and repellent are recommended.