Category Archives: Environment

A Naturalist’s Reflection on her first 2 weeks on the Job I started my training as a Naturalist for the Kiawah Island Golf Resort by shadowing the senior guides and exploring the island on my own. In those first two … Read More

Early Sunday morning, April 14th, the Nature Center receives a phone call, “young Great Horned Owl on the ground.” Naturalists respond. The nest is located 100+ feet high in a Loblolly Pine. At least one parent is on the watch. … Read More

Spring has sprung!  It is that time of the year when you may have extraordinary nature encounters.  Species are mating, species are hatching, the level of fecundity is so high in the Spring you can see the pollen floating through … Read More

The use of native plants in a garden enhances its natural beauty while also providing food, protective cover, and nesting sites for wildlife. Over centuries, native plants have adapted to the climate, soils, and environmental conditions of an area, making … Read More

In February of this year, we shared a story of a special encounter that our recreation staff had with a female bobcat at Night Heron Park.  Now, we have learned that our Bobcat (Bobcat 700), has given birth.  Her den, … Read More

At approximately 1 pm on Tuesday, March 26th, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Nature Center received a call from a concerned guest about an adult and juvenile Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin that appeared to be stranded in a tide pool approximately … Read More

As any birder can tell you, early morning birding can be tough. Getting up to spot birds seems ridiculous at that hour, until you see your first bird and then it all comes into perspective. That February morning was no exception … Read More

Similar to a dog barking at a stranger at your door, birds alert one another when there is a threat in their neighborhood. On February 5th, as our recreation staff was finishing a meeting in Night Heron Park, we were … Read More

Recently, Kiawah Island Naturalists have been busy helping Aaron Given, Assistant Town Biologist, with his winter marsh sparrow banding research. Throughout the winter months Aaron selects a few days centered around a daytime high tide that is at least 5.8 … Read More

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. ~ Willa Cather….. (This blog post is by Kathy Murphy, Ph.D, who will be headlining Kiawah’s “Your Possible Life” retreat February 8-10 in The Sanctuary.) Twenty three … Read More