Nature Tips Blog Posts

Fishing for Red Drum

April 17th, 2019

Article and photo by Miles Altman, Bayrunner Fishing Charters Spring and fall are ideal times to reel in a bull reds in Lowcountry waters. Twenty-five feet below the surface, a marauding school of bull reds swept the sandy bottom in search of prey. Honing in on the smell of fresh-cut mullet, a large bull inhaled… Read More…

Spartina: The Splendor of Our Marsh Grass

March 13th, 2019

By Anneliza Itkor, Outside Hilton Head Cordgrass serves as a keystone element in the Lowcountry’s saltmarsh environment. March heralds the arrival of spring here on Hilton Head Island. While the rest of the country may look to budding trees to indicate winter’s conclusion, here in the Lowcountry, our marsh grass paints the canvas of seasonal… Read More…

Black Bears Bouncing Back

February 2nd, 2019

Some said it was just a rumor that a Black Bear (ursus Americanus) was spotted on Daufuskie Island in 2011. Yet this sighting is much more likely than most would think. With humans encroaching upon black bear’s native territory, it’s no wonder they are branching out into new lands. There are approximately 600,000 American Black Bears in… Read More…

Help Save The Planet: Minor adjustments in your life can affect major change.

February 2nd, 2019

By Anneliza Itkor, Outside Hilton Head We all do it. The New Year rolls around, and we start making all kinds of resolutions. I’m going to get back in the gym. I’m going to lose these last 10 pounds. I am going to give up _______ (sugar or carbs or wine or…well, you can fill… Read More…

Wonderful Wood Storks

December 26th, 2018

By Kathleen McMenamin Vicars,  Master Naturalist Wood storks can be seen gracefully soaring over marshes or feeding in the shallows during low tide all over Hilton Head Island. These large wading birds are the only breeding species of storks found in the United States. This once-endangered species is currently making a great comeback along the Southeast… Read More…

Saving the Planet One Oyster at a Time

October 30th, 2018

Oysters are wicked cool. If looked at in a superficial manner, one might think, “What’s the big deal?” They are immobile, lackluster in color and seem to only inspire emotion when debating as to whether they are an epicurean delicacy or a disgustingly slimy mouthful. You have to dig a little deeper to discover the… Read More…

Gulf Fritillary Butterflies

September 25th, 2018

Throughout most of the year on Hilton Head, butterflies can be seen gathering nectar or flying along roadsides and waters’ edges. The fall in particular is a great time to spot butterflies along their migrations. These beautiful creatures come in a spectacular range of colors and the gulf fritillary is no exception, with its bright… Read More…

What’s SUP? Standup Paddleboarding Appeals to Adventurers.

September 18th, 2018

Standup paddleboarding, or SUP-ing, is generally considered to be a new addition to the leisure activity and sporting scene. If the scores of people signing up for Intro to SUP classes with Outside Hilton Head are any reflection, its popularity is continuing to grow among adventurers of any generation. Interestingly enough, the phenomenon of SUP-ing is… Read More…

How to Embrace the Lowcountry Lifestyle

August 29th, 2018

Article by Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort/PalmettoDunes.com There’s something very special about the Lowcountry lifestyle that defines coastal South Carolina. Lowcountry is more than a geographical region, it’s a unique way of living with a culture and cuisine all its own. It’s part of what makes a vacation at Palmetto Dunes so special, and it’s worth… Read More…

The Power of the Tides

August 1st, 2018

By Mike Overton, Outside Hilton Head In May of 1979, I was a fledgling college student with an idea of opening a windsurfing school. On a whim, a truck loaded six windsurfers and equal parts of excitement and anxiety into my car as we ventured into unknown territory. I had never traveled south of Washington,… Read More…