hilton head, south carolina cares. it is an honor to be in a place that has committed itself to protecting creatures put at risk by human behavior.
each night, right before 10pm, one of us (often it was dan) would run to carefully lower the shades on the ocean side, turn off the outside lights, and double-check that there was no light spilling out onto the sand, something that could confuse the loggerhead hatchlings on their pilgrimage from nest to water. large sections of sand and dunes were roped off to protect shorebirds and information is readily available that explained how one should not run into a flock of birds or go too near an obvious nesting area. the piping plovers are endangered, as are the loggerheads. and hilton head is dedicated to them.
these creatures deserve our respect. this world deserves our respect. how many creatures, how many species are endangered? how are we making an effort to respect and protect them? how are we not?
there was something very sweet, very encouraging about seeing My Girl, My Boy and our Dan all immediately acknowledge the importance of these simple rules protecting the shore wildlife.
it gives me infinite hope, despite the current efforts of our country to ignore the plight of our good earth, that this next generation will not stand by and watch it destroyed. it’s pretty simple, they said, referring to the rules environmentalists had written. yes. it is. respect and protect.