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Yaupon Holly

Check out our latest episode of Learning with Lee and learn all about Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria). Did you know yaupon hollies can be found growing naturally in the maritime forest and salt shrub thicket? Tune in at 3pm today and learn all about this Kiawah native.

December 1, 2020

The Kiawah Conservancy is excited to join with thousands of participating organizations around the world in Giving Tuesday - December 1, 2020. We hope you will join us by making a donation to the Kiawah Conservancy or another local nonprofit organization you are passionate about.

What is Giving Tuesday?
Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that takes place annually on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a day that highlights the powerful relationship between people of a community and the organizations around them. It is a day to come together and celebrate generosity by giving back to your community and to the world around you.

Why give to the Kiawah Conservancy?
Your gift to the Kiawah Conservancy supports land conservation, enhancement and restoration of natural habitats, and wildlife and habitat research, and conservation education programs on and around Kiawah Island.

Donating is not the only way to show your support this Giving Tuesday. You can give by making someone smile, or helping out a neighbor, or volunteering with a local nonprofit. In these strange times, every small act of kindness matters. 

Terrestrial Invertebrates and Plants on the Dune System of Kiawah Island


Watch and learn as Dr Eric McElroy from the College of Charleston shares his fascinating research results from his 2019 study of Terrestrial Invertebrates and Plants on the Dune System of Kiawah Island. Plants provide stability, protection, and biodiversity on the dunes and are important for the ecological health of Kiawah Island. It is interesting that although the dunes may appear similar when viewing from the beach, there are significant differences in the specific survey areas.

Kiawah's Wildlife Species Need Your Help Now!

Bobcats are one of the most unique species on Kiawah Island and catching a glimpse of one is on the bucket list of almost every Kiawah resident and visitor alike. Unfortunately, in recent years, the use of anticoagulant rodenticides has caused an increase in bobcat deaths. In recent testing additional willdife species (five raccoons and one opossum) also tested positive for anticoagulant rodenticides in their system. This new eidence confirms the dangers and impacts to Kiawah's wildlife.

How can you help save Kiawah's bobcats? All Kiawah property owners are encouraged to take the pledge to stop using antigoagulant rodenticides on their property and become a Bobcat Guardian today. Visit www.savekiawahbobcats.com to learn more and take the pledge today.

See the lists of pest control providers that have and have NOT signed the Bobcat Guardian Provider Pledge on our Wildlife Perservation Efforts page.

September 15, 2020

The Kiawah Conservancy (Conservancy) has been working in concert with the Town of Kiawah Island (TOKI) concerning the use of anticoagulant rodenticides and their deleterious effects on our bobcat population here on Kiawah Island. Not only do these anticoagulants poison our bobcats, but they also poison additional rodent predators such as eagles, owls, hawks, snakes, raccoons, alligators, and other animals. Use of Anticoagulant Rodenticides on Kiawah Island. Click the link below to read the Kiawah Conservancy's Position Statement on the Use of Anticoagulant Rodenticides on Kiawah Island.

Naturally Kiawah Pathways Tours

Discover stories unique to Kiawah as you enjoy our Naturally Kiawah Pathways tours through the free TravelStorys app. Take a virtual tour of Kiawah Island through our Naturally Kiawah Pathways on the TravelStorys app. Explore and learn about the habitats, wildlife, and history of Kiawah Island from the comfort of your home!


Part-Time Contract

The Kiawah Conservancy seeks candidates for the position of Project Coordinator (Part-Time Contract). Candidates for this position will be prepared to provide provide support adn coordination for a project awarded under the Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund 2019 (ECRF) through the National Fish and Wildlife Federation (NFWF). The project coordinator will work closely with the Conservancy's Executive Director and staff to provide project coordination, meeting and event planning, and communications materials for the ECRF project and other redilience related projects.

Please review the requirements and follow the application instructions. No phone calls, please.

Kiawah's Butterflies

Check out our latest episode of Learning with Lee and learn all about some of Kiawah's most colorful creatures... Butterflies!

Meet Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network (LMMN) Executive Director Lauren Rust and learn how the LMMN is working to protect marine mammals around the Lowcountry through science, education, and conservation. The LMMN provides a variety of educational programs throughout the Charleston area including the Kiawah Island Dolphin Education Program.