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Management of Ossabaw Island

I joined a faculty development trip to Ossabaw Island, one of the few undeveloped barrier islands on the Georgia coast, in November. The island is restricted in its use to academic pursuits (both science- and humanities-related), and its wildlife is managed by the Georgia-DNR… there are quite a few wild boar on the island.

Some areas apparently received prescribed burns. The thick leaf litter from the maritime forests smolders slowly, and the thick bark of the pines and live oaks protect them well.

Croton punctatus

Gulf or Beach Croton (Croton punctatus) with a sand-covered beetle.

I’m not sure what the beetle is doing, but it was actually the beetles that caught may attention when walking passed this plant on the dunes of Ossabaw Island. If anyone has and ideas, please share.

I’ve seen and posted about another species of Croton (C. argenteus), native to Costa Rica.