Eco Tips Blog Posts

Island Philanthropy

September 11th, 2017

For generations, Hilton Head has been a classic family vacation spot. The beaches, marshes, activities, restaurants and events make our Island a great place to visit and an even better place to live. One of the additional benefits of being an Islander is the culture of philanthropy woven into local life. A large percentage of… Read More…

Yellow-Bellied Pond Sliders

August 8th, 2017

One of the most popular creatures to discover on the H2O Alligator and Wildlife Tour in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve is the Yellow-Bellied Pond Slider Turtle. These iconic Southern reptiles are known for their unmistakable, bright-yellow undersides and are a beautiful reminder of how vibrant and colorful our local wildlife can be. Yellow-Bellied Pond… Read More…

Keep the Broad Creek Clean Festival

August 1st, 2017

Like most local residents, I am grateful to live in a place with an abundance of natural beauty and a thriving ecosystem. We are lucky to have the marshes, woods, beaches and creeks woven through our landscapes and our daily lives. For me, the most significant of these places are the waterways, whose unique smell… Read More…

Summer Below the Surface: Marine Animals in Our Summer Waters

July 25th, 2017

As July sets in, the Lowcountry enters into the dog days of summer. There is no denying it’s hot! The best way to beat the heat is get out on the water—swimming, kayaking or boating. But the heat doesn’t only affect the air temperature, it also affects the water temperature. Coastal water temperatures can reach… Read More…

Baby Birds Galore in the Forest Preserve

July 8th, 2017

One of the many blessings the Sea Pines Forest Preserve offers is a protected natural habitat for wildlife to grow, mature, and reproduce as they did before the development of Hilton Head Island. The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a sanctuary for many species, but most evident during this time of year are the many… Read More…

Kayaking Hilton Head

June 16th, 2017

The marshes surrounding Hilton Head are a lush wilderness, ideal for exploring by kayak. For thousands of years, small boats have been used to connect these coastal islands for the purposes of trade, family and culture. The modern kayak continues the longstanding Lowcountry tradition of the personal watercraft. If you do one thing while visiting… Read More…

Slithering Into the Sea Pines Forest Preserve

June 12th, 2017

“What kind of snakes live on Hilton Head Island?” This is by far the most popular question guests ask onboard the H2O Alligator and Nature Tours in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. While there are many different species of snakes inhabiting Hilton Head Island, a few stand out. Species that draw the most attention and… Read More…

Uncommon Sightings

May 23rd, 2017

One of the rarer sightings patrons on the H20 Alligator and Nature Tour enjoy is the Pileated Woodpecker. Although widespread and native to the United States, sightings can prove uncommon. As a guide for H20, I have been blessed to see this animal many times on our tour. It is a unique bird that takes… Read More…

On The Water: Experiencing the Lowcountry by Kayak

May 1st, 2017

In my opinion, kayaking is the best way to experience the Lowcountry’s rich and diverse natural wonders. It’s also a great way to get some exercise, relax, have fun and spend time with friends and family. If you are new to kayaking, don’t be intimidated! This water sport is great for just about everyone. If… Read More…

Celebrate Earth Day

April 15th, 2017

The 47th Earth Day Celebration takes place on April 22, 2017. With events taking place in over 198 countries, Earth Day is the largest environmental protection support day. Here in the Lowcountry, Earth Day is usually a perfect Spring day! Take the opportunity to get outside and give back to the earth that has given… Read More…

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