SPECIAL TOURS CELEBRATING THE MARK CATESBY EXHIBIT AT THE GIBBES MUSEUM

The Porgy, ca. 1722-1726, by Mark Catesby (British, 1682-1749); watercolor and body color; Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth 2017

 From May 12 to September 24, 2017, the Gibbes Museum of Art is featuring  watercolor paintings on loan from the British Royal Collection.  Made possible by support of the Gilbert & Ildiko Butler Family Foundation, this exhibition, Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas, is the first showing of Catesby's original watercolors in Charleston.  Forty-four paintings from the Britsh Royal Collection are featured.

Mark Catesby (1682-1749) was one of the first naturalists in the Carolinas.  He studied and documented the flora and fauna of the region, and spend four years exploring the Carolinas, Florida and the Bahamas.


 CATESBY TOURS OF THE CAROLINAS
June to September 2017

CRAB BANK BIRD ROOKERY KAYAK TOUR
Led by naturalist guides and focusing on the history of Catesby’s time in Charleston, this 3-hour kayak expedition takes you down historic Shem Creek to a thriving bird rookery to witness hundreds of nesting shorebirds like Eastern Brown Pelicans, Black Skimmers, Royal Terns and 15 other species.  $65 adults, $45 12 & under

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BLACKWATER KAYAK TOUR
 From the ACE Basin up to the Santee Delta, these special 6-hour expeditions are marked by native wildflowers, migratory songbirds, cypress trees and rice fields.  Trip locations:  Black River(June), Penny Creek to Willtown Bluff (July), Echaw Creek(August), Quinby Creek & Pompion Chapel(September) $95 adults, $75 12 & under 

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CHARLESTON HARBOR EVENING BOAT TOUR
This guided expedition will focus on Catesby’s  experience in Charleston Harbor and adjacent rivers.  Crab Bank Bird Rookery will be a prominent part of this adventure before heading up the Ashley River to explore and identify the flora and fauna recorded by Catesby on his journeys into the same estuary.  $45/person

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CAPE ROMAIN & BULLS ISLAND BOAT TOUR
Take a naturalist-led tour into Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and get an in-depth look at a landscape that was virtually unknown to the Royal Society in 1722—- and that hasn’t changed much since.   This will be a land and sea adventure with excellent birding opportunities both in Cape Romain and on Bulls Island.
$40 adults, $20 12 & under 

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About Our Guides

Coastal Expeditions guides  are well-trained naturalists who love to share their curiosity about the world around them.  They study the work of naturalists who led the way- Lawson, Catesby, Audubon- and are excited to share what they know on an expedition in the Lowcountry.