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Our Legacy for Kiawah Island
Our Legacy for Kiawah Island

Frequent wildlife encounters are one of the most appealing pleasures of life on Kiawah Island. It 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 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.

The Kiawah Conservancy Presents:  The Magic of Kiawah
The Magic of Kiawah

Frequent wildlife encounters are one of the most appealing pleasures of life on Kiawah Island. It 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. This is the Magic of Kiawah Island and we invite you to be part of it.

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.

Mockingbird Taking a Bath
Mockingbird Taking a Bath

Thanks to our good friend Lowell Rausch for sharing this wonderful video of a mockingbird in his birdbath. These little birds have quite the personality. They sing almost endlessly, even at night. They add new sounds to their repertoire throughout their lives.

Japanese Yew Hedge (Podocarpus macropyllus)
Japanese Yew Hedge (Podocarpus macropyllus)

Japanese yew hedge, frequently referred to as Podocarpus, is common to Kiawah Island and downtown Charleston landscapes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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