Nature Tips Blog Posts

Cownose Ray Comes Out To Play

April 22nd, 2018

By Kathleen McMenamin Vicars, Master Naturalist Hilton Head is home to a number of varietal species of rays, one of the most visually interesting being the cownose ray. During the spring over the past few years, an abundance of these rays have washed up along our Hilton Head shores. This is likely due to the… Read More…

Get Outside for Your Mind!

April 17th, 2018

 Enjoying the outdoors reduces stress, increases self-esteem and boosts creativity. By Jessie Renew, Outside Hilton Head Over the course of my career as a kayak guide and instructor, I have taken tens of thousands of people out on the water. Some are outdoor enthusiasts comfortable with the environment, while many others are enjoying an outdoor… Read More…

Red Foxes

March 23rd, 2018

Foxes have been found in folklore and fables for hundreds of years. They are represented as cunning, wise, adaptable and at times treacherous. All of these attributes make them a well fitted resident of our South Carolina Lowcountry. The red fox, Vulpes vulpes, is the largest of the true foxes and spread through many areas… Read More…

Spring Butterflies

March 1st, 2018

From the Cloudless Sulphur to the Tiger Swallowtail, the Lowcountry is home to a wide range of butterflies. As spring in the Lowcountry brings warmer temperatures, many plants and animals return or reemerge in the ecosystem. Among these are the delightful, colorful butterflies that frequent our woods and beaches. This fascinating insect is one of… Read More…

The Lowcountry Oyster Trail Comes to the Hilton Head Area

February 17th, 2018

By Allison Hersh Hilton Head Island’s iconic mollusks take center stage as part of this new culinary heritage experience. “May River oysters are close to perfection!” – Pat Conroy, author of “Price of Tides”, “Beach Music” and “The Water Is Wide” The new Lowcountry Oyster Trail is an experiential tourism, economic development and environmental conservation initiative celebrating… Read More…

Coyotes in the Lowcountry

February 8th, 2018

Coyotes have been a part of Native American folklore for centuries. Some thought of them as tricksters, while others saw them as wise and powerful beings. They are cunning and intelligent animals whose physical ability is only strengthened by their endurance. With all of these qualities in one animal, it is no wonder that they… Read More…

Bare Trees: Learn how and why some trees lose their leaves in the winter.

January 2nd, 2018

“Nature now, like an athlete, begins to strip herself in earnest for her contest with her great antagonist, Winter. In the bare trees and twigs, what a display of muscle.”                         — Henry David Thoreau Have you ever wondered why trees lose all of… Read More…

Animals on Hilton Head Island

December 31st, 2017

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…

Have a Green Holiday Season

December 1st, 2017

There is no better time for locals on Hilton Head Island than the holidays. For the few weeks before Christmas, the community shares a closeness and warm spirit. It’s the best time of the year to go out and see holiday lights, enjoy holiday music, give back and shop! Unfortunately, this special time of year… Read More…

Oyster Shell Recycling

November 11th, 2017

At first glance, oysters may not appear to be the most exciting wildlife you can see in the Lowcountry. They don’t move, swim or bite. Their sharp shells make them difficult to get close to or to handle. However, these unassuming creatures are absolutely vital to the health and prosperity of the saltmarsh ecosystem. Oysters… Read More…