About the Author

Virginia Christian Beach is a graduate of the University of Virginia and a former Peace Corps volunteer in East Africa. She writes for numerous local and regional publications on the subjects of conservation and natural history, and is the author of Medway, a history of a South Carolina plantation. She has served on the staffs of The Nature Conservancy, the Lowcountry Open Land Trust and the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Rice & Ducks committee members present collector's copy

RICE & DUCKS steering committee member Mike McShane (center) presents a collector's edition of RICE & DUCKS to Ducks Unlimited President George Dunklin (right) and Chief Executive Officer Dale Hall (left) at the DU national headquarters in Memphis.

A Look Inside Rice & Ducks

 Introduction to Chapter 1

Introduction to Chapter 2

Introduction to Chapter 5

Q & A with Rice & Ducks author Virginia Christian Beach

Virginia Beach with Jonathan Green whose painting Rice Morning Harvest is featured in Chapter 9 of Rice & Ducks.



U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, is presented with a signed copy of RICE & DUCKS by Chris Crolley, Lowcountry conservationist and owner of Coastal Expeditions.



Rice & Ducks

The Surprising Convergence that Saved the Carolina Lowcountry

By Virginia Christian Beach

Leather Collector's Edition


Winner of the gold medal for Best Southeastern Non-Fiction Title in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards and finalist for the Southern Environmental Law Center's Reed Environmental Writing Award!


Rice & Ducks records the history of the South Carolina rice lands, a landscape that stretches all the way from the Pee Dee River to the Savannah. It is based on a wealth of personal interviews, letters, family papers, plantation and game journals, and other primary source materials. It also draws from experts and scholars in the fields of rice cultivation and plantation history, African-American studies, wetland and waterfowl biology, and wildlife and habitat conservation.

It is a story full of interesting and memorable characters, and unlikely allies. They include English Lords Proprietors, southern plantation owners and slaves, northern industrialists, powerful U.S. Senators, daring scientists, media magnates, Trappist monks, and Wall Street financiers.

Rice & Ducks is a beautiful full-color, coffee table book generously illustrated with archival and modern photography, as well as maps, drawings and paintings from both public and private collections.


All proceeds will go toward protection of the northern breeding grounds and protection of migratory bird habitat in the Carolina Lowcountry - a fitting tribute to the legacy of the landowners and conservationists who are the subject of RICE & DUCKS.

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