Nature 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…

Lowcountry Oysters

November 11th, 2016

Fall and winter mean Oyster Season in the South. With the humidity lowering and the cool breezes of fall blowing in, there is nothing better than sharing an oyster roast with friends and family. Oysters from Beaufort County are unique in flavor with a salty sweetness unrivaled by oysters from any other area. South Carolina’s… Read More…

Local Shrimp

October 24th, 2016

Hilton Head Island is home to America’s most valuable and popular seafood—shrimp! It’s a good thing that shrimp season is almost year-round with harvests lasting from March through December. The area has two primary species of edible shrimp: brown shrimp and white shrimp. White shrimp, which are more abundant, have light-colored bodies and black tails with… Read More…

Loggerhead Sea Turtles

September 15th, 2016

Sea turtles have been part of our geological fossil records for over 210 million years. There are seven varietal species that can be found around the world in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate waters and all of them are endangered. In the coastal waters of Hilton Head Island, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle is the most common… Read More…

The American Alligator

July 27th, 2016

American Alligators are ancient creatures. They have changed very little biologically in over 150 million years and were able to avoid extinction 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs met their demise. During the mid-1900s they were almost hunted to extinction, but today can be found in abundance throughout the Southeastern United States and are… 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…

Barred Owls

August 2nd, 2015

By Kathleen McMenamin, Master Naturalist, H20 Sports One of the most common owl calls that people know is the “who cooks for you” call, and it’s a call commonly heard year-round on Hilton Head Island. Be sure to listen for it in areas with large live oaks and old wood forests. The barred owl, Strix… Read More…

Feeling Crabby?

July 1st, 2015

As a longtime kayak guide on Hilton Head and in the Lowcountry, I have seen and experienced the great variety of wildlife in our marshes, beaches, woods and waterways. I have always been fascinated by the abundant variety of crab species that call these places home. From the microscopic to the large, inhabiting all of… Read More…

Delicate Dolphins

June 15th, 2015

These speedy swimmers don’t just have fins to thank for their swiftness; their rubbery skin also plays a big part. Hilton Head is famous for its year-round population of dolphin. While most groups of these mammals migrate seasonally, Lowcountry dolphins enjoy the mild water temperatures here all 12 months. Rapidly warming waters between the local… Read More…

Chuck-Wills-Widows

July 1st, 2013

Learn more about these distinctive birds, which serenade the Lowcountry all summer long. Hilton Head Island’s warm weather and summer months brings back the elusive Chuck-Will’s-Widow. These birds serenade Hilton Head Island from dusk to dawn. While hard to spot, their call is distinct and nostalgic for both visitors and locals alike. Chuck-Wills-Widows, antrostomus carolinensis,… Read More…