To the Editor:

We are in the process of forming an a cappella mixed chorus in Bluffton and want to invite our neighbors to join us. Bluffton is a growing community that needs local groups that can represent our community as well as give the community a family-oriented activity.

We will be meeting weekly at Lord of Life Church, 351 Buckwalter Parkway, across from the Publix grocery store. We meet on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. The chorus is open to anyone age 16 or older. Music is prepared for four-part mixed voices.

We are a registered chorus with the Barbershop Harmony Society and we are an active member of the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. We also are going to be actively supporting the addition of the new performing arts center in Bluffton. We hope we can prepare this new chorus to perform at this new venue. That is our goal.

The present members of this new mixed chorus are existing BHS members. Our director has more than 50 years’ experience with the society and presently the director of the Sun City Harmonizers in Sun City.

If you love music and a cappela harmony, this may be your favorite activity. No singing experience is needed. No tryouts are required – just come to sing.

Jack Barton, President

Bluffton

To the Editor:

Yay! The sea turtles are returning to Hilton Head Island!

At the same time, some shore birds are leaving for upper or outer regions to nest. Some may wish to stay here, but there is too much human activity on our beaches for birds to find a peaceful place to raise their kids.

One potential beach habitat is the spit on Port Royal Plantation shore near Fish Haul, a popular bird hangout. In mid-April the horseshoe crabs laid thousands of nutritious eggs there, gobbled up by threatened red knots and piping plovers, among others, who stop over on Hilton Head to refuel for their arduous journeys north to nest. The birds were constantly disturbed by beachgoers.

A meager area is posted there, vertically, to cordon off a tiny dune area – a poor configuration and unused. Perhaps a better idea would be to arrange the posts horizontally across the point to protect the entire small spit so the winter and summer birds can live undisturbed. The beach extends for miles. People can go the other way.

I discovered a willet nest there last spring, but it was trampled. This April I saw four Wilson plovers who are potential nesters there, if protected. But unlike some other coastal communities, nesting shorebirds are virtually ignored here.

Cannot we humans share a portion of the beach with the birds? We recreate there and then go home. The beach is their home and they are fast running out of space. Where will they go?

Debby Boots

Hilton Head Island