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Native to rivers, inlets, and bays, the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is one of the Lowcountry’s most admired and recognizable raptors. It also happens to be the only hawk in North America whose diet is almost entirely made up of live fish. It’s a rare case when one of these high-divers snags a bird, snake, or small rodent.

Conservationist Dana Beach may be best known as the Lowcountry’s chief environmental watchdog, but in a recent book, Deveaux (USC Press/Coastal Conservation League, May 2014), his passion for bird-watching (and talent for photography) comes into focus. Turning his lens on a tiny but teeming seabird sanctuary in the ACE Basin, Beach captures Deveaux Bank’s avian population in all its winged marvel

Since 2003, Stephen Schabel has served as the (human) face of the Center for Birds of Prey’s flight demos, on site in Awendaw and at events like the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Schabel uses his position as director of education to convey the ecological importance of raptors to his audiences—that is, when he’s not raising two daughters with wife Lindsay or playing mandolin with his bluegrass band, Flatt City