Category Archives: Environment

Fall has begun on Kiawah, with the leaves starting to change and the weather cooling to the comfortable 70s. While you are outside enjoying the beautiful weather, be on the lookout for numerous species of birds migrating over the island. … Read More

Within the next few days hatching season will officially begin for Kiawah’s Loggerhead Sea Turtles.  Kiawah provides great nesting habitat for the mother Loggerheads (Caretta caretta) and each summer these large, 350-pound turtles find themselves in our dunes to lay … Read More

Originally the land where The Sanctuary is located was only six feet above sea level, which is as low as the current hotel parking lot. In order to have better ocean views and to be safer in the instance of storm … Read More

Dr. Beach – Professor Stephen Leatherman at Florida International University – has posted his annual list of America’s top 10 beaches. The list is based on his evaluation of 50 factors, including cleanliness, safety and amenities.  .  Kiawah Island’s Beachwalker … Read More

Kiawah Island has long been known as a birding hotspot but since 2009 it has also been a hot spot for birding research.  For the past 4 years, Town Biologist, Aaron Given has been conducting bird research on Kiawah.  His … Read More

 As a steward of the earth, you are invited to have fun & help an endangered marsh turtle on Earth Day on Kiawah. We love our turtles, but on Kiawah it’s not just sea turtles. A much smaller, elusive turtle … Read More

Kiawah Bobcats

For years our Naturalists have been sharing their sightings and stories of Kiawah Bobcats. In the past couple of years, one special Bobcat (2014 Bobcat 350,aka 2013 bobcat 700) has captured our hearts. Through her frequent traverses of Night Heron … Read More

We asked long-time Sanctuary concierge, Charlie Pickett, for his list of of the top 10 things not to miss when visiting Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  These are not in any particular order: Watch the sunset from the Ryder Cup Lounge

Red Knot

  While walking on Kiawah’s beach, 9 year old Olivia Davidson, her mom and grandmother came across the remains of a shorebird. Upon closer inspection, they could see that the bird was banded. They brought the bird into the Heron … Read More

Hibernation vs Brumation On Kiawah we can feel spring is in the air; however, much of the northern United States is still feeling the full force of winter.  We humans have the benefit of staying inside a warm building or … Read More