Mark Spinks, a natural resource technician with the SCDNR Coastal Seabird and Shorebird Program, builds barn owl nests to attract the species to the area. Photo courtesy of SCDNR

Because one S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) employee decided to invest his time and talent, barn owls on the South Carolina coast are thriving and contributing to the knowledge of another species. This highly successful program not only underlines the value of managed wetlands to various and unexpected wildlife species, but also how the commitment and dedication of one DNR employee can have a large impact on sustaining a declining species. Read more from SCDNR.