News and Happenings

Bird Research with Aaron Given

This program premiers on YouTube at 2:30pm on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

Join Lee for an interview with Town of Kiawah Island Wildlife Biologist and ornithologist Aaron Given. Learn about the variety of avian research studies that Aaron is conducting, what we're learning from this research, and how you can help Kiawah's resident and migratory birds. Visit our YouTube channel and subscribe to the Learning with Lee playlist so you'll receive notification as soon as a new episode is posted.

WATCH LEARNING WITH LEE:  EPISODE VIII HERE

 

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 Naturally Kiawah Pathways tour today to explore and learn about the habitats, wildlife, and history of Kiawah Island from the comfort of your home. There are eight exciting options to choose from:

Kiawah Paddling
Beach Scavenger Hunt
Kiawahs' Ponds: A Wildlife Wonderland
Western Kiawah Island
Central Kiawah Island
Eastern Kiawah Island
Kiawah Photography
The Preserve

Combined together, the tours will take you from the far eastern sections of the Island to Freshfields Village in the west and from the beach to the Kiawah River.

Downloading the TravelStorys App:

1. Download the TravelStorys app on the App Store or Google Play and follow the prompts.
2. Allow “notifications” to take advantage of using the self-guided GPS-activated component when accessing the tours in-person while on Kiawah.
3. Select one of the tours and download it by touching the down arrow at the bottom of the screen.

       

Take A Virtual Tour:

1. After downloading and opening your selected tour, select “Map” to see different points of interest on the map.
2. Select one of the points of interest to listen to commentary and see an accompanying photo slideshow.
3. Continue to select different points on the map to hear about other sights.

Take A Self-Guided GPS Activated Tour (walk, bike, or paddle):

1. Turn on the tour on your mobile device.
2. Go to one of the points of interest located on the tour.
3. Commentary along with a photo slideshow will automatically begin as you approach each featured point of interest.
4. Proceed to the next point of interest to hear new commentary.

 

Photography for Conservation

Join Lee for an interview with Emily Horn, Charleston Collegiate student and Kiawah Conservancy intern. Learn about Emily's Major's Program internship with the Conservancy and her work through this program featuring photography for conservation. . Visit our YouTube channel and subscribe to the Learning with Lee playlist so you'll receive notification as soon as a new episode is posted.

WATCH LEARNING WITH LEE:  EPISODE VII HERE

 

Little Rabbit North

Join Lee for a virtual tour of Little Rabbit North. Learn about the plants and habitats found on this hummock island preserved by the Kiawah Conservancy. Visit our YouTube channel and subscribe to the Learning with Lee playlist so you'll receive notification as soon as a new episode is posted.

WATCH LEARNING WITH LEE:  EPISODE VI HERE

 

Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden

Learn about the history, current state, and future plans for the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden in Night Heron Park in this episode of Learning with Lee. Visit our YouTube channel and subscribe to the Learning with Lee playlist so you'll receive notification as soon as a new episode is posted.

WATCH LEARNING WITH LEE:  EPISODE V HERE

This Learning with Lee episode features an interview with Edna Roberds, Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden Host and volunteer coordinator for the Kiawah Conservancy Garden Keepers.

 

Coastal Resilience

Learn with Lee about the steps the Kiawah Community is taking towards coastal resilience. Special thanks to Luca Hernandez, resilience specialist for the Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA), for participating in this Zoom interview.

WATCH LEARNING WITH LEE:  EPISODE IV HERE

Visit our YouTube channel and subscribe to the Learning with Lee playlist so you'll receive notification as soon as a new episode is posted.

Earth Week

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and much has changed since that time. What will the future look like? It depends on the choices we make today. Learn with Lee about the history of Earth Day, the history of the Kiawah Conservancy's Earth Day Celebrations, and how you can celebrate Earth Day while staying at home.Visit our YouTube channel and subscribe to the Learning with Lee playlist so you'll receive notification as soon as a new episode is posted.

WATCH LEARNING WITH LEE:  EPISODE III HERE

Visit our YouTube channel and subscribe to the Learning with Lee playlist so you'll receive notification as soon as a new episode is posted.

Sea Turtles

Let's talk turtles, sea turtles that is! Learn about Kiawah Island's Turtle Patrol, what they're doing to help endangered sea turtles and how you can help in episode of Learning with Lee. Visit our YouTube channel and subscribe to the Learning with Lee playlist so you'll receive notification as soon as a new episode is posted.

WATCH LEARNING WITH LEE:  EPISODE II HERE

Learn how disturbances affect sea turtle survival and what the Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol volunteer program is doing to help Kiawah's sea turtles. This second Learning with Lee episode features and interview with Lynne Sager, Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol permit holder and program coordinator.

Shorebirds

Shorebirds need space too! Learn how you can help in our very first episode of Learning with Lee. Visit our YouTube channel and subscribe to the Learning with Lee playlist so you'll receive notification as soon as a new episode is posted.

 

WATCH LEARNING WITH LEE:  EPISODE I HERE

 

Learn how disturbances affect shorebird survival and what the Kiawah Island Shorebird Stewardship volunteer program is doing to help Kiawah's shorebirds. This first Learning with Lee episode features and interview with Bette Popillo, Kiawah Island Shorebird Stewardship program coordinator.

Mimi's Adventures on Kiawah Island

Are you ready for a story? Today we’ll hear a special reading of Mimi’s Adventures on Kiawah Island by the book’s author, Catherine Goodman Farley. Let’s listen in and learn more as Mimi explores Kiawah Island and meets new friends.

WATCH OUR VIRTUAL STORYTIME HERE

You too can explore Kiawah Island like Mimi and her friends. Being aware of your surroundings and respecting nature are lessons that Mimi learned throughout her adventures. Remember, you can observe animals in nature, but you should not interact with them. Never feed them and be sure to keep your distance.

Naturally Kiawah Volume 41

Our newest issue of Naturally Kiawah magazine is available for online viewing now! This issue, themed Kiawah, Naturally, is dedicated the army of dedicated people who help to keep Kiawah the special place it is and has always been. Much of the life that pulses under Kiawah’s beautiful exterior has been there for centuries, and thanks to so many Kiawah keepers, continues to thrive.

If you're on our mailing list you should have received your printed copy of Naturally Kiawah Volume 41 by now. If you're not on our list, you can sign up here to receive the next published issue.

Kiawah Island is a unique place where native landscapes, wildlife and people coexist for the benefit of all, a place where wonderful memories are made. When it comes right down to it, those memories are built on the natural wonders here. ​

The Naturally Kiawah Pathways tour utilizes Kiawah Island’s existing bicycle path network as a guide to the central portion of the Island.  On the tour you will encounter many unique environments, including expanses of tidal salt marsh, maritime forests and freshwater wetlands.  Along the way you will have the opportunity to view a variety of wildlife, especially birds, and learn more about Kiawah’s local ecology.  Historical information is also presented within the tour, as you will be guided to several locations associated with the Island’s plantation-era days.

As you follow the tour and learn more about Kiawah, please keep in mind that enjoying this pristine environment is not for us alone. Plant and animal life only thrive in a balanced ecosystem.  The Kiawah Conservancy works to preserve this delicate balance that provides haven for our native flora, habitat for wildlife and the opportunity for residents and guests to enjoy the natural wonders this special place affords. - See more at: http://travelstorysgps.com/tsg---naturally-kiawah-pathways.html#sthash.oU4HPvf5.dpuf
kiawah conservancy lends their extensive knowledge and careful stewardship of their namesake island to this, the first in a series of unique audio tours - See more at: http://travelstorysgps.com/tsg---naturally-kiawah-pathways.html#sthash.oU4HPvf5.dpuf
kiawah conservancy lends their extensive knowledge and careful stewardship of their namesake island to this, the first in a series of unique audio tours - See more at: http://travelstorysgps.com/tsg---naturally-kiawah-pathways.html#sthash.oU4HPvf5.dpuf
March 2020

The Kiawah Conservancy is excited to have been selected to receive a grant totaling $125,924 to complete Informed Scenario Planning For Community-Wide Resilience Strategy Building on Kiawah Island (SC), a project to address barriers to coastal resilience by engaging stakeholders within the community to reach a consensus on the use of nature-based solutions to increase resilience to flooding and natural hazards for both human and wildlife communities. The project will engage stakeholders in scenario planning, and discuss the use of nature-based solutions within the barrier island community.

“The Kiawah Conservancy is honored to be recognized by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.This grant focuses on studying and improving our coastal resilience, blending well with our historical attention to the environmental balance of nature and development on Kiawah Island and its environs.” Rich Warner, Chair Kiawah Conservancy Board of Trustees

The Kiawah Conservancy is one of three organizations [City of Charleston and City of North Charleston] within South Carolina to receive funding through this grant.  

Funds from this grant are restricted to use for the purposes of this grant and cannot be used for general operations or other purposes.

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The Mystery and Magic of Bobcats

Have you seen our documentary on Kiawah's bobcats?

If not, CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT NOW

Learn about Kiawah's bobcat population, their importance to our unique ecosystem, and research currently underway to preserve and protect these elusive creatures.

This documentary is sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy with a grant from the Town of Kiawah Island.

Have you seen our newest documentary on the shorebirds of Kiawah? If not, CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT NOW

Learn about Kiawah's shorebirds and Island efforts to preserve and protect these amazing and threatened species.

Have you seen our documentary on the American alligator?
If not, CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT NOW

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.

 

 

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.