Least Terns are the new celebrity neighbors on Beach Boulevard… but will they be allowed to nest here, or will they be evicted from their chosen home?
- Story by Dena Temple
The Least Terns need your help:
There are 12 nests right now in Hancock County. Audubon Mississippi's Coastal Bird Stewardship program tried to get permission to help protect them by placing low posts and ropes around the nesting area for several weeks. They appeared before the Hancock County Supervisors on June 1st. Two beachfront property owners opposed roping. Two other local residents spoke in favor, one against. The supervisors voted to allow signage, but no ropes.
Please write the supervisors and express support for the terns. One reason given for not allowing the ropes was that it would harm tourism. You'll see by reading the story below that the opposite is true.
Here's the letter we sent to the Supervisors. Feel free to copy and paste it. Even though it's after the fact, they'll inevitably be considering the terns' protection in the future.
Dear Hancock County Supervisor,
We recognize the value of having Least Terns nest in our county. They provide an additional (and free) visitor attraction, educational opportunities for our youth, and enrich our environment. Please support Audubon Mississippi's Coastal Bird Stewardship Program in all their efforts to protect the nests.
Thank you for your consideration,
~ Scotty Adam - president - Scotty.Adam@co.hancock.ms.us
~ Greg Shaw - vice president - Greg.Shaw@co.hancock.ms.us
~ Theresa Ryan -firstname.lastname@example.org
~ Kodie Koenenn -email@example.com
~ Darrin "Bo" Ladner Darrin - Bo.Ladner@co.hancock.ms.us
In this series of photo essays, the Shoofly Magazine showcases the work of local photographers. Their only instructions? Show us the coast through your lens. This month we feature the work of artist Kat Fitzpatrick.
In most cases, the photographers write a little overview of their work for this column. In this case, Kat submitted a remarkable poem:
The folks at “Keep Waveland Beautiful” aren’t afraid of big ideas – and they were determined to beautify the Waveland beach, one tree at a time.
- Story by Dena Temple
- Photos by Dena Temple and Valerie Fitts
Don't forget to submit your entry in our pirate photo contest. Let's face it: When you can’t pillage, you might as well pose!
-Story by Lisa Monti, photos courtesy Shoofly Magazine archive
BSL resident Elise Epperson Deano transformed a happy memory into a community labor of love.
- Story by Lisa Monti, photos by Elise Epperson Deano
One of the gallery’s longtime exhibiting artists talks history, community and the current state of affairs in our resort town.
- Story by Dena Temple, photos courtesy Gallery 220 and Ellis Anderson
While the Starfish Café remains closed, Wholey Foods helps support their mission with meal plans for healthy eating.
- Story by Lisa Monti
With small businesses gearing back up for business this week, the Hancock Chamber of Commerce is helping promote the area’s “Grand Reopening” in a big way.
– Story and photos by Anne Pitre