Eco Tips Blog Posts

Animals on Hilton Head Island

December 20th, 2016

It’s a wild world out there! Whether you choose to explore Hilton Head Island by land, sea or air, here is a guide to just a few of the creatures you might encounter on your next adventure. American Alligator Habitat: Freshwater Size: Can grow up to 15 feet long and weigh up to 1,000 pounds… Read More…

A Force of Nature

October 10th, 2016

October in the Lowcountry boasts some of the best weather of the year, and it also marks the end of the most active period of our annual hurricane season. While the destruction and devastation that hurricanes bring is undeniable, there are positive effects that they have in our ecosystem. Many of the local plants and… Read More…

The Changing View of the Lowcountry Salt Marsh

September 28th, 2016

First time visitors to Hilton Head get quite a surprise when they first encounter the waterways near our sandy shores. Unlike most coastal areas, there is no crisp divide between land and water. Instead, our creeks and rivers are flanked by miles of tidal salt marsh. In fact, the states of Georgia and South Carolina are home to… Read More…

Distinctly Dolphins

August 29th, 2016

Research on dolphins and their behaviors took off in the middle of the last century. As scientists, like Jacques Cousteau, explored the biology and sociology of these animals, incredible findings were revealed. These magnificent creatures were found to have unusually large brains, a complicated social structure, highly intelligent hunting techniques and very interesting skin. Dolphin… Read More…

How to Have a Fabulous Fourth on the Water

June 29th, 2016

As June draws to a close, one of the most exciting days of the Hilton Head calendar draws near—July 4th! Not only is it the best party of the year, it is also the pinnacle of our summer season; a reminder that there are only four more months of fun in the sun left before the… Read More…

Marsh Wrens

June 20th, 2016

Lowcountry marshes are vibrant places in spring and summer. The beautiful bubbly song of the Marsh Wren adds to the majestic nature of our environment. Keep an eye—and an ear—out for these abundant small marsh birds. Marsh Wrens, Cistothorus palustris, are small brown-and-yellow birds with thin bills, a dark cap and white eye lines that… Read More…

Paddling with Paws: Kayaking with your Pup on HHI

May 10th, 2016

May brings perfect temperatures to the Lowcountry and everyone is looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors with their friends and loved ones. This spring, be sure to include your furry, four-legged friends in your outdoor recreation. Kayaking and paddle boarding with dogs can be great fun for humans and canines alike! From my experience,… Read More…

Birds on Hilton Head: Great Blue Herons

May 9th, 2016

One of the most iconic birds of the Lowcountry is the great blue heron. Their name reflects the colors of their beautiful plumage, just like the yellow-crowned night heron. These large and beautiful birds can be seen foraging shallow waters or gliding through our Southern skies. Great blue herons, Ardea Herodias, are the most common… Read More…

Kayaking the May River

April 18th, 2016

The mighty May River in Bluffton is one of my favorite bodies of water to kayak on. There are a lot of different things to see including untouched marshy wilderness and beautiful old churches. The river’s rich history comprises a time as a Native American travel network, Civil War battle site, steamship port, favorite hunting… Read More…

Paddle Pinckney Island

March 7th, 2016

While the weather is a little unpredictable in early spring, it is the best time of year to go kayaking in the Lowcountry. After years of kayaking around here, I’ve developed a few favorite paddles, several of which are in the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Each of these trips offers something different, depending on… Read More…