Video Library

Taking Wing
TAKING WING: Shorebird Documentary Short 2017

Learn about the shorebirds of Kiawah Island, their importance to our unique ecosystem, and research to preserve and protect these unique and treatened species.

Alligators: More Than Meets the Eye
Alligators: More than Meets the Eye

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

The Kiawah Conservancy's 2015 Loggerhead Sea Turtle Documentary
Loggerhead Sea Turtle Documentary (2015)

Enjoy this enlightening presentation on the plight of the loggerhead sea turtle. 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.

Monarch Butterflies Sunday October 18
Monarch Butterflies

Many thanks to our good friend and photographer Pamela Cohen for sharing this wonderful footage of monarch butterflies in a live oak tree taken on Kiawah Island on October 18, 2015.  As sunset neared, the butterflies gathered in the tree for shelter.

Autumn Fern (Pryopteris erythrosora)
Autumn Fern (Pryopteris erythrosora)

The autumn fern is a non-native, evergreen. It can be found in various landscapes throughout Kiawah Island.  When planted in mass, autumn ferns provide good ground cover.  Mass plantings of this fern can provide a natural edge or vertical transition zone between a forest buffer and your yard, enhancing your yard's habitat value for native wildlife.  Dense ground cover, like this, is especially important for reptiles, amphibians and small mammals. Autumn ferns thrive in shade, but can take a little sun as well. 

African Iris (Moraea iridioides)
African Iris (Moraea iridioides)

This plant provides a pop of color to evergreen areas; they bloom throughout the spring and summer.  African irises do pretty well in the shade but also do well in edges where they receive a mix of sun and shade.

Florida Leucothoe (Agarista populifolia)
Florida Leucothoe (Agarista populifolia)

Florida leucothoe is native to the southeast coastal plain.  It thrives in full shade environments and can provide important understory vegetation in those areas.  Visit our Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden in Night Heron Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina to see live specimens of this plant and others that provide optimal habitat for our Island's native wildlife species.

Giant Leopard Plant (Farfugium japonicum 'Giganteum')
Giant Leopard Plant (Farfugium japonicum 'Giganteum')

More commonly referred to as Farfugium (the plant's genus name), the giant leopard plant is a non-invasive, non-native, Asian plant species.  This plant boasts large, shiny green leaves and in late summer through fall, yellow daisy-like flowers on its tall-branched flower stems. This plant does well in shaded areas and provides excellent ground cover and habitat for reptiles and amphibians.

Sweetgrass (Muhlenbergia filipes)
Sweetgrass (Muhlenbergia filipes)

Sweetgrass is a native grass that provides nice ground cover, especially in a full sun environment.  In the fall the blooms on this plant are a beautiful purple and pink, which makes it stand out from other native grasses.  Mass plantings of sweetgrass provide wonderful ground cover and interest to your landscape.

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

Saw Palmetto is an evergreen shrub. Kiawah Island is the northern extent of this plant's native range. It does well in sun and partial sun. It can grow up to 6' tall and creates wonderful understory habitat when planted in a clumping design. Saw palmetto is a great plant for wildlife. It can be seen growing naturally throughout the island and is also a great plant for home landscapes. Leaf stems at the base of the plant exhibit sawtooth-like ridges, hence its common name.

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