Nature Tips Blog Posts

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…

Gator Watching

October 25th, 2017

Native to the Island, alligators are often seen here, but they can be elusive during the heat of summer and the cold of winter. Alligators will go into a semi-hibernation period during the coldest months of the year, only emerging on the sporadic warm days we receive due to Hilton Head Island’s temperate climate. When… Read More…

Tidal Waters

October 11th, 2017

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

September Sightings in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve

September 25th, 2017

In search of adventure? Join H2O’s Alligator and Wildlife Tour to see if you can spot these creatures: American Alligator Alligators are plentiful on Hilton Head Island and live in freshwater. They can grow up to 15 feet long, weigh up to 1,000 pounds and can live up to 50 years in the wild. This… Read More…

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…

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