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Are you interested in creating habitat for wildlife in your home’s landscape? If so, we have a program just for you. The Kiawah Conservancy is hosting a series of casual information sessions in the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden at Night Heron Park.  Registration is not required for these free educational programs, just meet us in the garden (weather permitting).  Dates, speakers, and topics are as follows:

April 5 @ 10am: Matt Guillette, will lead us on a guided Naturally Kiawah Pathways Tour. This walking tour will begin at the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden in Night Heron Park

May 3 @ 10am: Kiawah Island Wildlife Biologist and Master Bander, Aaron Given, will discuss Eastern Bluebirds and the Nest Box Monitoring Program

June 7 @ 10am: Kiawah Island Golf Resort's Flowering Bed Specialist, Sharon Brackney, will discuss Plants that Attract Beneficial and Beautiful Insects and When to Plant Them

July 5 @ 10am: Water Resources Agent for the Clemson Extension Service and Carolina Clear program, Kim Morganello, will discuss Rain Gardens for the Home Landscape

August 2 @ 10am: Florist Anne Cothran will discuss plantings in your garden for floral arrangements

September 6 @ 10am: Kiawah Conservancy Land Preservation Coordinator, Justin Core, will discuss the Naturally Kiawah Habitat Recognition Program and other conservation efforts

October 4 @ 10am: Landscaper Danny Berryman will discuss Landscape Design and Implementation

Naturally Kiawah Volume 37

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February 22, 2017

Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

We are please to announce the Kiawah Conservancy has achieved the national recognition of Land Trust Accreditation – joining a network of only 372 land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work.

“Accreditation demonstrates the Kiawah Conservancy’s commitment to permanent land conservation” said Kevin Cox, Chairman of the Kiawah Conservancy’s Board of Trustees “We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program. The lands we preserve will be protected forever, ensuring the natural habitats, wildlife, and beauty of these special places remain for the enjoyment of generations to come.”

As part of the accreditation application, the Kiawah Conservancy had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.  Receiving accreditation signifies the Commission's confidence that the Kiawah Conservancy’s lands will be protected forever.

“It is exciting to recognize the Kiawah Conservancy with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Accredited land trusts are united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. Accreditation recognizes that the Kiawah Conservancy has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

To read our full press release, go to Accreditation Press Release.

A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits are detailed at www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @ 3:00PM

Are you looking for an opportunity to learn more about shorebirds and help protect them? If so the Audubon Shorebird Stewardship Program might be just for you. Register your attendance today and join us at The Sandcastle (One Shipwatch Drive, Kiawah Island) to learn more about this program.

The main function of the Steward is to Educate and Protect. Many of the birds we love to see and hear at the beach nest right on the sand in shallow scraps. They lay perfectly camouflaged eggs that rely on mom and dad to protect them from predators, storms, and the sun. Often people or their pets unknowingly flush the parents off the eggs or away from resting chicks. It then only takes moments for the sun or an opportunistic predator to take the chicks or eggs. Imagine enjoying a day at the beach while, at the same time, helping these magnificent birds.

This program is co-sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy, Audubon South Carolina, and the Kiawah Island Community Association.

Photography by Pamela Cohen

Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 9:00AM

Join us at Mingo Point for a paddle trip around Eagle and Snake Islands. Enjoy the natural beauty of Kiawah Island, its abundant wildlife and surrounding marshes as we paddle along the Kiawah River, through it’s creeks and around Eagle and Snake Islands.

A brief introduction to kayaking will be given at the beginning of the program. Life jackets, paddles, and tandem kayaks will be provided. Make sure to wear snug fitting shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty, bring a waterproof camera, water protection for your electronic devices, and a towel.


This free educational program is co-sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy and the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Nature Program.

Have you seen our documentary on the the loggerhead sea turtle? If not, CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT NOW

Watch as the mother turtle emerges from the ocean and makes her way to the dunes to dig her nest and lay her clutch of eggs. Learn about Kiawah's thriving Turtle Patrol and their efforts to preserve this amazing species. See the hatchlings emerge from the nest and make their way to the ocean. Loggerhead sea turtles are one of Kiawah Island’s most iconic and noble species.




Have you seen our documentary on the American alligator?

Learn about Kiawah's thriving alligator population, their importance to our unique ecosystem, and research currently underway to preserve and protect this modern day dinosaur.

Thank you to our sponsors: Taylor Agency Insurance and Town of Kiawah Island for their generous support.