Blue Pearl Farms
9760 Randall Rd
McClellanville, SC  29458


info@bluepearlfarms.com
The Lowcountry Blueberry Jam and Blueberry Festival
June 22, 2014, 11 am-7 pm
  


   
Plans are underway for this year's Lowcountry Blueberry Jam and Blueberry Festival! Come on out to the Pearl for g
reat live music all day, demonstrations of blueberry planting and maintenance, cooking with blueberries and honey, crafts including spinning and weaving, beekeeping basics, presentations about our Lowcountry environment  and non-human residents, and delicious food, kids' games and fun, Blueberry Toss competition, blueberry goodness and more.

Everyone is wel
come to bring a chair to set up next to Cypress Pond
, but please leave your pets at home. No outside alcohol or coolers; blueberry lemonade, local food, cold drinks, beer and wine available.

Tickets are $10 for ages 15 and older; free admission for people under the age of 15.

Volunteers are needed and welcome for the entire day of music, demonstrations, environmental education and more, so please consider sharing an hour or two of your time to help out. Our email address is info@bluepearlfarms.com and the farm line is 843-887-3554.

'Like' us on Facebook, or send a request to info@bluepearlfarms.com to be added to our irregular and infrequent, never-share-your-address email list to keep up with the happenings here at Blue Pearl Farms.


 9760 Randall Rd, McClellanville SC  29458. Take Hwy 17 to McClellanville, and turn beside the hardware store on Hwy. 45 at the flashing light. Randall Road is the first left, and you will find the farm entrance gate for Blue Pearl Farms on the right after about 1.2 miles.
The Red Cockaded Woodpecker
Unlike most other woodpecker species, the RCW (as wildlife biologists and bird watchers call it), nests mostly in living longleaf or loblolly pines, usually over 80 years old. It has a unique approach to creating its own space: by selecting a living tree in which to excavate a cavity for the family nest, the birds also are able to score the tree's bark to prompt a flow of sap (resin) from the tree that makes it a shiny, sticky mess all over the lower part of it, a natural repellent to squirrels and other animals that might otherwise climb the tree to attack a nest.

The tree looks like it is covered with frosting, and it is such a remarkable appearance, that biologists can conduct surveys for nests from the air before personal visits to each tree to conduct a census of the species. More than half of the mapped nests in the McClellanville area are within a half mile of Blue Pearl Farms, and RCWs visit the farm and neighboring properties regularly.

Mature males are the core of the family groups, and it is the male who spends between one and three years excavating a cavity in which to make a nest for his mate (often the same breeding female for several years), but it is young male offspring from the previous year's brood that act as "helpers" (think Mary Poppins) to provide feathers for the nest, help defend it, and tend the female and young. One of them will eventually inherit the nest and lead the family group. Read more at this page from the Audubon Society.
Red cockaded woodpeckers are about the size of a cardinal. Males and females look very similar and are distinguished only by a tiny red patch of feathers.
Drawing by Robert Savannah, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
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