Kiawah River at Garden & Gun’s SEWE Events

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition swoops in every year with new events that celebrate wildlife and nature. This year, Garden & Gun Magazine hosted Cocktails & Conservation on February 16 and 17, which Kiawah River was proud to partner with.

“The History of Sporting Landscapes” and “A Life of Birding” brought panels of experts and masters in the fields of rice plantations, sporting grounds and birding. Guests joined for Blade and Bow bourbon cocktails in the Cigar Factory headquarters of G&G, flipping through the Kiawah River Field Guides and postcards that were scattered throughout the party.


At “The History of Landscapes,” representatives from Ducks Unlimited, Folk Land Management, Lowcountry Land Trust, Clemson University, and Nemours Wildlife Foundation had an open discussion about the history of Carolina’s valuable rice fields.

Kiawah River was a pre-Revolutionary rice plantation, Mullet Hall was producing rice for export. Rice fields have been an important part of Charleston’s history and economy. 

Jim Elliot, executive director of the Center for Birds of Prey, was one of the special guest speakers at “A Life of Birding.” He shared the importance of shielding our native birds of prey and protecting their rare kind.

The events were a wonderful way to gain a better understanding of the Lowcountry’s sacred wildlife and nature, giving patrons new insight through the lens of masters.

Photos by Cameron Wilder