An examination of a fragile environment under siege and a call to conserve it for future generations
Deveaux is a reflection on the life of a South Carolina sea bird rookery, known as Deveaux Bank, at the mouth of the North Edisto River. The author and photographer, Dana Beach, has visited Deveaux regularly for twenty-five years. In his book, Beach chronicles the annual cycle of reproduction and renewal on this ephemeral sand bar, and the work of the scientists and conservationists who labor to understand and protect it. The book's stories and images provide a compelling call to action to save Deveaux and sites like it—wellsprings of the Lowcountry's natural beauty and diversity.
is the founder and executive director of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League. He is the recipient of the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the James L. Dockery Southern Environmental Leadership Award, the National Wetlands Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Law Institute, and the Environmental Awareness Award from the South Carolina General Assembly. Beach is author of "Coastal Sprawl: The Effects of Urban Design on Aquatic Ecosystems in the United States," a research publication of the Pew Oceans Commission. was founded in 1989 and has offices in Beaufort, Charleston, Georgetown, and Columbia. It is recognized as one of the most successful state-level conservation groups in the United States, particularly for its work in the field of land use policy and land conservation.