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Trying to pick a health insurance plan can be a chore for anyone. For many people, just mentioning the word "open enrollment" sends shivers down the spine. It seems like there's always a nagging feeling that you're wasting money, choosing a plan with poor in-network care, or both. One would think that health insurance gets easier as you approach retirement age, but the truth is that picking an initial Medicare coverage plan can be daunting.

Unfortunately, the confusing process of signing up for Medicare causes many seniors to forego healthcare coverage altogether. After all, Medicare enrollment can involve several federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration (or SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS).

At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, our passion is guiding seniors through the confusion of Medicare. That way, they can enjoy retirement with peace of mind knowing they are protected and ready for life after 65. We work with dozens of insurance companies, giving our clients the chance to choose a plan that best fits their lifestyle.

We choose to design our senior insurance plans with a focus on optimal benefits structure, lower costs, and personalized service. Some independent insurance agencies see their aging customers as nothing more than a financial transaction waiting to happen. In contrast, we treat each of our clients with respect and dignity as we help them navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. Combined with individualized service, we help older Americans make well-informed decisions about insurance. Whether you're in need of senior Medicare Supplement Plan insurance in Kiawah Island or simply have questions about signing up for Medicare, our team is here to help.

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What is Medicare?

If you're approaching the golden years of your life, it's important you understand what Medicare is if you don't already.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program reserved for people older than 65 who have worked full-time for at least ten years. The Medicare program is paid for by a combination of worker payroll tax, premiums paid by Medicare enrollees, and the U.S. government.

There are four parts of Medicare:

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This type of Medicare is free for most U.S. citizens. Medicare Part A helps older adults pay for care in a nursing facility, hospital visits, and some forms of in-home senior care.

This tier costs around $100 per month. It covers different outpatient services like lab tests, preventative care, doctor's visits, mental health care, clinical trials, and some forms of surgery.

This type of Medicare is most often called Medicare Advantage. This tier of Medicare allows seniors to choose health plans provided by insurance companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Individuals who use Medicare Advantage commonly use Medicare supplement plan insurance to help pay for health care costs that Original Medicare won't cover, like coinsurance, deductibles, and copayments.

Sometimes called "PDPs," these plans add drug coverage to standard Medicare, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans (PFFS), some Medicare Cost Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans (MSA).

The amount of money you pay for your health care depends on several factors, including:

At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, we offer a number of health insurance solutions for seniors. Two of our most used services include Medicare Advantage plan insurance and Medicare supplement plan insurance.

Senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Kiawah Island

Sometimes called Medigap, the purpose of Medicare Supplement Insurance is to help fill in "gaps" that might not be covered by Original Medicare. You can think of a Medigap policy as a supplement for your Original Medicare benefits.

Private companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services sell this type of insurance right here in South Carolina. While Original Medicare will pay for much of the cost associated with health care services you need, it may not cover all of your expenses. Generally, Medigap policies do not cover costs stemming from eyeglasses, private-duty nurses, dental care, hearing aids, or long-term care.

Depending on the Medicare Supplement Plan that you choose, it may cover out-of-the-country medical services when you travel abroad. Assuming you have Original Medicare coverage, your policy will cover its share of Medicare-approved health care costs. Once your Original Medicare coverage reaches its limit, your Medigap policy will pay its share of the fees.

Our Medigap policies are drafted to meet your specific needs, and can help cover remaining health care costs such as:

Deductibles

Copayments

Coinsurance

Important Information About Senior Supplement Plan Insurance

To dispel some confusion, you should know that a Medigap policy is not the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan. The latter helps you receive Medicare benefits, while the former supplements the benefits you obtain through your Original Medicare plan. As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

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As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

  • To qualify for a Medigap policy, you must first have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.
  • Payments on your Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan will be made to the private insurance company that you choose, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. These payments are made every month and are paid in addition to the monthly payment you make for Medicare Part B.
  • If you are the holder of a Medicare Advantage Plan, it is illegal for an insurance company to sell you a senior Medicare Supplement Policy. If you plan on switching back to an Original Medicare plan, you may be able to purchase a Medigap policy.
  • If you have health problems as you age, your standardized Medigap policy is guaranteed to be renewable. So long as you pay your monthly premium, your insurance provider cannot cancel your policy.
  • Medigap policies only cover one person. If you have a spouse or family member that would like coverage, they must purchase a separate policy.
  • You may only buy a Senior Medicare Supplement Plan from an insurance agent that is licensed to sell them in your state. Senior Medicare Insurance Services has been licensed to sell Medigap policies in South Carolina for years. We have helped countless seniors get the Medicare coverage they need and continue to do so to this day.
  • In the past, Medigap policies were able to cover costs related to prescription drugs. As of January 1st, 2006, prescription drug coverage is not available on Medicare Supplement Plans. The best way to get coverage for your prescription drugs is to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, often called Part D. Contact our office today to learn more about paying premiums on Medigap and Medicare plans.

For many people, the best time to buy senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Kiawah Island is during the 7 months Medigap Open Enrollment Period. This period starts the day you turn 65 years old, so long as you hold Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B). Generally, during the enrollment period, you get more policy choices and better pricing. Once the enrollment period is over, you may not be able to purchase a Medigap policy. Contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services today to determine if you qualify for a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan.

Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance in Kiawah Island, SC

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a kind of Medicare health coverage designed to provide seniors with all their Part A and Part B Medicare benefits. Many Medicare Advantage Plans will often include coverage of the following:

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In addition, most Medicare Advantage Plans give seniors coverage for their prescription drug needs. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan through Senior Medicare Insurance Services, your Medicare benefits are covered through your plan and will not be paid for by traditional Medicare.

How Medicare Advantage Plans Work

Sometimes called "MA Plans" or "Part C," Medicare Advantage Plans are considered an "all in one" solution to Original Medicare. Senior Medicare Advantage Plans are only offered by private companies that are approved, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Seniors who enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan are still on Medicare. However, these individuals enjoy bundled plans that give seniors the benefits of hospital insurance (Medicare Part A), medical insurance (Medicare Part B), and sometimes drug coverage (Part D).

Medicare Advantage Plans are very popular because they cover all Medicare services and make life a little easier for seniors who have trouble understanding the nuances of Medicare.

When you contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services to choose your Medicare Advantage Plan, ask your agent about Medicare prescription drug coverage. Unless you already have drug coverage (Part D), you should seriously consider Part D coverage to help reduce costs associated with prescription drugs. You may also want to consider a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan to help fill gaps in coverage that Original Medicare will not cover.

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Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance Rules

Medicare works by paying a set amount of money to the companies that offer senior Medicare Advantage Plan insurance in Kiawah Island. That money is used to pay for the care services that you need. Because Medicare Advantage Plans are different, you should expect out-of-pocket costs to vary depending on the plan you choose.

Different plans have different rules for how you receive services, such as:

  • If you must go to facilities, suppliers, or doctors that belong to your Advantage Plan for non-urgent and non-emergency care.
  • Whether you must get a referral to see a specialized doctor
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Companies that offer Medicare Advantage Plans must follow strict rules, which are set by Medicare and can change every year.

Paying for Your Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance

How much you pay for your Medicare Advantage Plan varies and depends on a few different factors. In most cases, if you need a kind of medical service, you will need to rely on the doctors and providers in your plan's service area and network to pay the lowest amounts. In some cases, if you choose to use a service outside of your plan's network of coverage, you may have to pay out-of-pocket.

We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about Medicare Advantage Plans, how they work, what your options are, and how often you will have to pay out-of-pocket, if at all.

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The Senior Medicare Insurance Services Commitment

Since our company was founded, we have led the insurance industry by providing our clients with the most valuable, helpful insurance solutions available. We are fully committed to our current and prospective clients by:

  • Choosing to focus on personalized, one-on-one service. When you work with our team, know that we will always design your health insurance plan with your best interests in mind.
  • Listening to your specific needs.
  • Responding to all inquiries and questions promptly and with a friendly attitude.
  • Providing you with the best customer service in the senior health insurance industry, whether you have questions or are ready to move forward with a Medicare plan.
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Our mission is to help give seniors the best Medicare assistance available so that they may understand the Medicare process and make an informed health coverage decision. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist anyone interested in Medicare. Our personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for our clients and give them greater confidence in choosing their insurance plans.

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The People Who Make The Place: The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

“For me, this isn’t a job,” proclaims Kevin McQuade, head concierge at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, near Charleston. “I’m absolutely obsessed with it. It&...

“For me, this isn’t a job,” proclaims Kevin McQuade, head concierge at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, near Charleston. “I’m absolutely obsessed with it. It’s who I am; I eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Charleston is in my bones.”

It’s been just under three years since McQuade joined the concierge team at the luxury Kiawah Island retreat. Over twenty-plus years as a hotel concierge—18 of those were spent at properties in downtown Charleston hotels—McQuade has exhibited an unbridled passion for his job. He also happens to be exceptional at it—so exceptional that he’s been recognized by Les Clefs d’Or (an international organization of elite hotel concierges) for his outstanding service and devotion to the profession.

The Sanctuary, located on a 10,000-acre barrier island 21 miles from downtown Charleston, is one of those quieter pockets he speaks of. The elegant outdoorsy retreat has become a magnet for visitors who prefer a dash of “nature time” sprinkled into their already-flavorsome Holy City itinerary. A stay at The Sanctuary, in fact, could easily be considered the cherry on top, a necessary wind-down after jam-packed days reveling in Charleston’s historic district. What’s there not to love when the agenda consists of lazy days lounging on one of the best-rated beaches in the country, incredible Lowcountry food, and a sense of solitude and renewal? “A lot of people will go downtown for a few days, and then come right to The Sanctuary, where they feel like they’re in the middle of nowhere,” he says. “They come here to relax—it’s called The Sanctuary for a reason. It’s almost like you have to be reminded that Charleston is just 45 minutes away from this refuge.” Then, of course, there are those who come for the golf.

The resort boasts some of the most renowned golf courses not just in South Carolina, but across all 50 states. This superlative reputation is no secret. In 2021, one of golf's biggest, national tournaments was hosted at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s prestigious Ocean Course, which rambles through the wind-swept dunescape of the island's eastern coast, not far from The Sanctuary’s 250 guest rooms. The course also has the largest number of seaside holes in North America, making it one of the most challenging public courses in the world.

“We are obsessed with five-star service at The Sanctuary,” McQuade fervently declares. “When you first walk in and see the ocean straight ahead, it’s hard not to feel the stress wash away. And our spa is just amazing.” Best of all, cars aren’t necessary to experience the best of the resort; guests have access to complementary shuttles that whiz about the grounds, from the beach, to the golf course, to the excellent restaurants located on and around the property.

Jasmine Porch at The Sanctuary highlights Lowcountry comfort food (think shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, roast chicken) in a family-friendly setting, while the poolside Loggerhead Bar and Grill is a great spot for easy-breezy coastal bites. “Then there’s the Ocean Room, the nicest restaurant at the resort,” says McQuade. “It’s an upmarket steakhouse with such an elegant atmosphere; you almost feel like you’re in the dining room of the Titanic. Expect excellent filet, ribeye, and elevated seafood dishes. Guests like to dress up for the experience.” Outside The Sanctuary exists a handful of other solid dining options, like the Atlantic Room, which overlooks the Ocean Course (“Chef Fernando is one of the best in Charleston for seafood”) as well as sister restaurant Ryder Cup Bar—both offer unbelievable ocean views. With endless fodder for curating unforgettable experiences for guests at The Sanctuary, McQuade's dedication to sharing the best of Charleston is resolute: “If I had one hour left on this earth,” he says “I would spend it planning a trip for someone to Charleston, South Carolina.”

Sample Gullah Cuisine at Hannibal’s Soul Kitchen

“There’s really just one place in the world to eat Carolina Gullah cuisine, and it’s in and around Charleston,” says McQuade. According to Hannibal's website, the restaurant has been “feeding the soul of the city" for more than 40 years. Located inside a big orange building, this down-home soul food and seafood joint has been run by the Huger family since 1985. It’s a veritable Charleston institution that serves authentic and hearty Gullah dishes like crab and shrimp rice, collard greens, hoppin’ john, and more. “There’s been a big craving—even among guests at fancy upscale hotels—for authentic restaurants,” says McQuade. “Though I still give them a heads-up that it’ll be casual, it’s a dive. They always end up loving it. Going to places like Hannibal’s is like lighting a candle to Charleston’s ancestors.”

Explore the Wilds of Bull’s Island

“A big part of Charleston is being on the water—we’re surrounded by it on all sides,” McQuade describes. “No visit to the city is complete without some activity on the water. And it’s more interesting if you go off the beaten path, away from the harbor and into the marshes and estuaries.” The concierge recommends adventure group Coastal Expeditions for all—you guessed it—coastal expeditions for his clients. Of all the excursions, McQuade’s top pick is the guided kayak tour around Bull’s Island, which the company has been running for over 27 years. “It’s an incredibly pristine wild island filled with gators, birds, and other wildlife,” he says. “Don’t miss the boneyard.” McQuade’s referring to Boneyard Beach, an otherworldly swath of shore scattered with hundreds of pieces of whitewashed driftwood. It’s an eerie scene to some, but a downright magical one to most.

Visit the Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Another outdoor attraction McQuade recommends is the Caw Caw Interpretive Center, a wildlife preserve containing 11 distinct coastal plain habitats teeming with American alligators, bald eagles, and other native fauna. “Caw Caw is often overlooked because it is 25 minutes outside of the city, but you could spend hours on the trails, meandering through brackish marshes, maritime forests, pinewood, swamps, and so much more,” the concierge adds. “It might have the best birding in the state because of all the different ecosystems.” Caw Caw also features old 18th-century rice fields (Charleston was once the largest rice purveyor in the U.S.), a Stono Rebellion site, and thousands of naturalized tea plants from a 20th-century tea farm.

Take a Black History Tour

“In addition to a general tour of the city, everyone should take a Black history tour,” McQuade suggests. “About one-third of America’s enslaved people came through Charleston Harbor. Franklin is the guy behind Frankly Charleston Black History Tours, which does great walking tours focused on the historic areas.” The Beyond the Fields tour at Middleton Place, one of the region’s most-visited plantations, also lands high on McQuade’s list. “Plantation house tours tend to focus on the family and the furniture—and that’s all very interesting, but there are other windows into our culture we need to peer into,” he says. “For about an hour, the Beyond the Fields tour details what it was like for enslaved people as they got off the slave ships; how they grew rice, and how they lived. I understand we don’t want to make people uncomfortable with this subject, but we all need to be unafraid to dive in and embrace it, in order for it to never happen again.”

Plan your next trip and explore Charleston today.

Pawleys Island hiring consultant to develop plans for handling rising sea levels

PAWLEYS ISLAND — The Pawleys Island Town Council will hire a consultant to develop a rising sea level plan the town hopes will open itself up to grant money for adaptation strategies, such as improved drainage and flooding mitigation.The seaside town will work with Elko Coastal Consulting, a Folly Beach-based company headed by Nicole Elko. Elko serves as executive director of South Carolina Beach Advocates, a group founded by elected officials of South Carolina beach communities.Elko has also worked on a sea level plan fo...

PAWLEYS ISLAND — The Pawleys Island Town Council will hire a consultant to develop a rising sea level plan the town hopes will open itself up to grant money for adaptation strategies, such as improved drainage and flooding mitigation.

The seaside town will work with Elko Coastal Consulting, a Folly Beach-based company headed by Nicole Elko. Elko serves as executive director of South Carolina Beach Advocates, a group founded by elected officials of South Carolina beach communities.

Elko has also worked on a sea level plan for Folly Beach, a marsh management plan for Kiawah Island and a coastal management consultancy with Myrtle Beach.

Pawleys Island Town Administrator Ryan Fabbri, who serves on the South Carolina Beach Advocates board of directors, said he believes having such a plan in place will make it easier for the town to seek grant money for adaptation strategies in the future. Pawleys Island Mayor Brian Henry introduced Elko’s proposal at the April 18 town council meeting by mentioning a pilot program set up around the Pawleys Island Town Hall to clean out drains and replace backflow preventers to fight flooding.

Fabbri likened Pawleys Island’s situation to that of a company needing a business plan to receive a loan.

“Without the ammunition and having a plan that really spells out kind of the starting point of what you’re trying to achieve, you’re not going to get it,” Fabbri said.

Elko’s plan for Folly Beach considered three feet of sea level rise through 2066.

The Folly Beach plan suggested infrastructure projects to improve drainage and offer strategic education for residents and elected officials as long-term goals for the town. Elko developed the plan alongside the university-based conservation program S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program at the University of South Carolina.

“If you read through those studies and plans that were put together, you would think they were talking about Pawleys Island,” Henry said.

The plan will not cost more than $11,900. Fabbri said that $10,000 was already in the town budget for consulting.

“I knew that we would have to look into getting the services of someone like Nicole who has a lot of knowledge in coastal resilience and knows where to go to find the money, and she has a history of successfully getting those grant funds,” Fabbri said.

Kiawah Island executive chef named 2022 ‘Chef Ambassador’ for South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – A Lowcountry chef was named one of South Carolina’s ‘Chef Ambassadors’ during a special ceremony at the Statehouse Wednesday morning.Gov. Henry McMaster was joined by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Hugh Weathers, and South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Director Duane Parrish as they appointed three chefs to serve as South Carolina Chef Ambassadors for 2022.These chefs prepare dishes using Certified South Carolina produce, meats and seafood, support local...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – A Lowcountry chef was named one of South Carolina’s ‘Chef Ambassadors’ during a special ceremony at the Statehouse Wednesday morning.

Gov. Henry McMaster was joined by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Hugh Weathers, and South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Director Duane Parrish as they appointed three chefs to serve as South Carolina Chef Ambassadors for 2022.

These chefs prepare dishes using Certified South Carolina produce, meats and seafood, support local farmers and highlight the state’s rich food traditions.

“South Carolina Chef Ambassadors do South Carolina a great service by shining a light on our state’s destinations, signature dishes and locally grown foods, and their own incredible talents,” said Gov. McMaster. “We’re proud to have these three great chefs represent our state.”

Among them is Executive Chef John Ondo of The Atlantic Room on Kiawah Island.

Chef Ondo grew up playing in the tidal creeks of the Lowcountry, according to the governor’s office. It’s something he said left an indelible mark on him as he has spent his 20-plus-year culinary career drawing inspiration from the area’s fields and waterways.

It was here in Charleston where Chef Ondo developed long-lasting relationships with local farmers and fishermen. He often stops by to visit and discuss how crops are coming in and to pick up produce that will appear on plates that same night at The Atlantic Room.

“With his wry sense of humor and affable nature, Chef Ondo is a recognizable spokesperson for Lowcountry foodways,” said Gov. McMaster’s office.

Ondo accepted the honor along with fellow Chef Ambassadors, Chris Williams of Roy’s Grille in Lexington, and Haydn Shaak of Restaurant 17 at Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest.

“Man, had y’all told me all these cameras were gonna be here today I would have brushed my hair,” Ondo joked as he stepped before the podium, just seconds before First Lady Peggy McMaster reached up to brush his hair with her hand.

“This is a huge honor to be able to represent my home state and the hard-working farmers and fishermen and shrimpers, just producers of Carolina products,” he said. “This is a huge honor and I’m happy to be here.”

The governor’s office said the Chef Ambassadors, a program now in its eighth year, will represent South Carolina at food festivals, media events and other forums.

The program was created in 2014 to highlight the state as a top culinary destination. It unites agribusiness and tourism, two of the state’s largest industries, which together contribute tens of billions of dollars to the state’s economy each year and account for hundreds of thousands of jobs statewide, according to Gov. McMaster’s office.

“These three talented Chef Ambassadors honor South Carolina’s diverse culinary heritage and local ingredients,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers. “Chefs connect with and promote our state’s farmers and help teach us all how to eat fresh, local food in season.”

“Our hospitality industry has been on a rollercoaster ride since March 2020,” said Duane Parrish, Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. “From shifting to a to-go model almost overnight, to navigating workforce challenges, to welcoming an influx of visitors as tourism began to rebound – they’ve really seen it all in a very short timeframe. The Chef Ambassador program highlights and celebrates some of the very best of what this resilient and tenacious industry has to offer, and helps showcase just how significant and extraordinary our culinary scene is in the Palmetto State.”

To learn more about the program and past Chef Ambassadors, visit discoversouthcarolina.com/chef-ambassadors.

Watch: Rare right whale mother, calf spotted off of Kiawah Island

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- Two North Atlantic right whales were spotted recently off of Kiawah Island, brining the number of sightings of the endangered animal in Lowcountry waters over the past year to 19.JR McCroskey and his group of recreational fisherman saw the whales about 15 miles off of Kiawah Island on Christmas Eve.The sighting was confirmed to News 2 by The Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network (LMMN).The group first saw the baby come up for air, and couldn’t quite make out what it was.“I see what ...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- Two North Atlantic right whales were spotted recently off of Kiawah Island, brining the number of sightings of the endangered animal in Lowcountry waters over the past year to 19.

JR McCroskey and his group of recreational fisherman saw the whales about 15 miles off of Kiawah Island on Christmas Eve.

The sighting was confirmed to News 2 by The Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network (LMMN).

The group first saw the baby come up for air, and couldn’t quite make out what it was.

“I see what I thought was a piece of debris. As we got closer, I noticed some blowing going on kind of like dolphins do. I thought it might be a manatee,” said McCroskey.

When the mother whale surfaced, they realized what they were seeing.

“When a whale comes up that’s twice the size of the boat you’re in then you know exactly what you’re dealing with,” said McCroskey.

According to the LMMN, right whales are critically endangered, with less than 400 reported worldwide.

The most common dangers to right whales are boat propellers and fishing nets. Laws state that vessels must remain 500 yards away from them for protection.

“As soon as we got a picture of (the mother) and a video of her we pulled back and gave them the space they needed,” said McCroskey.

There are multiple documented incidents of whales being seriously injured after collisions with boats.

Given the dangers posed by humans, right whales tend to stay further offshore.

“While it’s not uncommon for right whales to be offshore this time of the year, it’s extremely rare to spot them because there are about 100 breeding females and they typically stay offshore,” said Lauren Rust, the founder of the LMMN. “Your chances of seeing them are greater offshore on a boat, but unlikely from shore.”

Rust says that the population is declining because there are very few breeding females and they can only reproduce once every three to four years.

“With approximately 100 breeding females, reproducing on different years, we see between zero and 25 new calves a year. But sadly, most years, more adults die than new calves are reproduced putting them in a negative decline,” said Rust. “I suspect we will see their extinction in our lifetime.”

McCroskey says that he wants to make sure people realize that right whales are living and calving in the waters from South Carolina to Florida until April.

“Just spreading the word out to the recreational fisherman that these whales are out there and you need to be conscientious because they can wreck a boat,” said McCroskey.

Kiawah Island celebrates second annual 'Save Kiawah Bobcats Week'

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) — Once on the decline, the Kiawah bobcat population is making a comeback.It all started about four years ago when biologists noticed a change. The main reason- anticoagulants in rodenticides.“The primary cause for the decline was direct mortality from basically bobcats bio-accumulating these anticoagulants in their system, basically causing them to die," said Town of Kiawah Biologist Jim Jordan.However, this year there have been some positive trends in the population. One of th...

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) — Once on the decline, the Kiawah bobcat population is making a comeback.

It all started about four years ago when biologists noticed a change. The main reason- anticoagulants in rodenticides.

“The primary cause for the decline was direct mortality from basically bobcats bio-accumulating these anticoagulants in their system, basically causing them to die," said Town of Kiawah Biologist Jim Jordan.

However, this year there have been some positive trends in the population. One of those trends show two of the three female bobcats with collars have successfully had kittens- something they did not see last year.

“This year, our survival rate for the cats is 83%. So five out of six that we captured this past winter are still alive. Whereas in the prior two years, our survival rates were between 25 and 33%. So we've almost tripled or quadrupled the survival rate,” said Jordan.

People who live and work on the island have seen the bobcats and explain how beneficial the predators are to the environment around them.

“I was here about a week and a half ago coming into work about 9:30 and I encountered a bobcat mother and she was kind of walking along the edge of the parking lot and was looking for food. This is probably about first time I’ve ever personally seen one in my life," said resident Bill Kufner.

“These encounters are actually a good sign that the environment's not being changed because of the buildings and stuff going up. I think it has a big environmental impact to have a predatory animal on the island other than the American alligator that we have here," he said.

Kiawah town council created a campaign that allows residents to take a pledge to not use rodenticides.

“it is a voluntary program and when they pledge, they become what we call a Bobcat Guardian and Save Kiawah Bobcats Week is actually just a continuation of being able to put the information out there and make people aware of it every year," said Stephanie Braswell, Town of Kiawah Communications Manager.

This is the second annual Save Kiawah Bobcats Week, which has been deemed the second week of October. Be sure to follow Town of Kiawah on social media to see rare footage and to take the pledge.

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