“WOW” your next Hilton Head Vacation

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Over Memorial Day, another guest of Hilton Head Properties R & R told their vacation planner that the accommodations and guest services were 5 Star!  It is our goal that this is always the standard when you rent from Hilton Head Properties R and R.  Here is why it works!

 

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever!

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Sea Turtles and Hilton Head Island!

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June 1, 2018

Dear Local Sea Turtle Nest Adopters,

Many of you have been asking how you can help the sea turtles on the island – here is your chance!!!  As you might have seen in today’s paper, holes and miscellaneous items on the beach are causing quite a problem for our nesting sea turtles and baby hatchlings.  A group is forming to organize a patrol of the north end of the beach – between The Folly and The Westin.  A few local couples were doing it last year but more help is needed!!!  Patrols will be taking place in the late afternoon or early evening; the main purpose will be to fill in holes, knock down sand castles, pick up trash, etc. anything that helps clear the way for the nighttime arrival of our sea turtles.

The first meeting of the North End SeaTurtle Team (N.E.S.T.) will be on Wednesday, June 20th at 5:30 in the main building of Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road.  Please let me know if you are interested.  This is just an exploratory meeting – no obligation, just a fun opportunity to make a difference!  Bring a friend!

Andrea

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum

843-415-2211

andreabsiebold@gmail.com

www.coastaldiscovery.org


May 29, 2018

Dear Nest Adopters and Sea Turtle Friends,

We are up to 28 nests as of this morning – 7 sea turtle mothers nested on Sunday alone!  This is a nice rebound from a slow beginning!

A couple of updates:

*  It is tourist season on Hilton Head Island and for some reason, many beach goers love to dig very deep holes (Could someone please ask them why they do it???)  These holes are obviously very dangerous for mother sea turtles coming ashore to nest and for hatchlings trying to make it to the ocean from the nest.  (They are also treacherous for night beach walkers!)  Your help is needed to fill in the holes if you see them – or notify us and we will take care of it.   Here are two pictures of holes that two of our nest adopters found on the beach this weekend.  The first one was just too big for them to fill in:

 

 

 

 

They worked valiantly in the rain to fill in this one……. Way to go Nina and Ethan!!!

 

 

 

 

*  A message from the Coastal Discovery Museum CEO Rex Garniewicz:  We have been in discussions with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) this year, because there were several nest-tampering events on Hilton Head Island last year and a few people were seen sitting near nests at night waiting for an emergence.  Out of an abundance of caution, SCDNR has asked us not to share the exact locations of nests with our nest adopters and we have agreed that this is the right thing to do. SCDNR has been very supportive of the Adopt-A-Nest program and they know how this educational program helps protect this endangered species, but their ultimate decision is based on what is best for the turtles.  We will still be able to share most information, including the nest number, when it was laid, as well as the results when the baby turtles emerge and head to the sea. We know that you, just like us and SCDNR, want to protect turtles above all else, and we appreciate your understanding that we can no longer give the nest locations out to the general public.

So friends, this is where we are – although I can no longer give you details about the exact location of your nest, if there is a specific nest number you would like to adopt, please let me know.  I will still keep you up to date on the nests, the sea turtles and the beach in general with current pictures, data and interesting tidbits.   So much is going on every day on Hilton Head Island – nature abounds here!

With sincere thanks for your wonderful support and love of the Hilton Head sea turtles!!!

Andrea

 

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum

843-415-2211

andreabsiebold@gmail.com

www.coastaldiscovery.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 23, 2018

To our Nest Adopters,

A few updates on a May morning:

* As of this morning, we have had 8 nests laid on Hilton Head beaches.  This is a very small number compared with past years.  Last year by May 23rd, we had 40 nests.  The two previous years, there were 28 and 35 nests laid by this date.  This beginning is unfortunately most like 2014 when we had 5 nests on this date and only 125 nests all season (compared to 300-400 nests in other years).  Keeping fingers crossed that our mother sea turtles start coming out in bigger numbers in the weeks ahead!

* Some of you are asking about seeing sea turtle tracks in the sand but no nest marker.  No, the turtle patrol did not miss it – what you are seeing is a false crawl.  This is a sign that a mother sea turtle has come ashore with the intention to lay her eggs but for some reason, did not actually nest.  Here is a false crawl from this week taken by a nest adopter:

 

 

 

 

 

This mother was probably turned away by a light or perhaps a person or distraction on the beach.   Sometimes, the mother gets farther along in her nesting, but doesn’t finish digging her nest and abandons the whole thing, like this false crawl:

 

The trained sea turtle patrol gently probes the sand to see if there are any eggs there – a very time consuming task!  We have had 6 false crawls so far this season …….

 

 

* Exciting time at the Coastal Discovery Museum last night as Mary Alice Monroe, a lowcountry author and champion of the sea turtles, launched her latest book – Beach House Reunion. (Some of you might have seen the movie of her book The Beach House, starring Andie MacDowell, this month on the Hallmark channel.)  This is a series of books which features sea turtles.  Mary Alice is on the Board of the Charleston Aquarium, which has just completed a new state of the art hospital for injured sea turtles.  Be sure to visit it when you are in Charleston.  Thanks to Mary Alice for spreading the word about saving our environment and making a difference!

 

 

 

* And Happy World Turtle Day (National Sea Turtle Day is June 16th but we celebrate anything that helps save the sea turtles!) Tune into Facebook page visithiltonhead at 10:50am Eastern today for some Turtle Talk to celebrate #WorldTurtleDay @visithiltonhead@hhiseaturtle.  I’ll be there!

More later –

Andrea

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum

843-415-2211

andreabsiebold@gmail.com

www.coastaldiscovery.org

 


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We will save a seat for you on Hilton Head Island!

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Hilton Head Island's New Beach

You are going to love Hilton Head Island’s brand new beach.  It’s awesome!  Lots of sand and plenty of room even at high tide.  If you have not booked your summer vacation, let me know.  We still have a few wonderful vacation properties that we would love to share with you.

Summertime includes fun things like our cool vacation itineraries, Harbourfest, Beach Turtle Walks, Bike Paths Everywhereexplore Daufuskie Island….or let us know and we will put together the perfect vacation.

Just call one of our vacation planners at (843)785-2242, email us or visit our website.  If you do not see what your looking for, let me know.  At this time of year we have new properties or last minute openings that we can share with you.

Events this week on Hilton Head Island

Cheers!
Darcey Sundling

Property Manager



The best time to buy Hilton Head Real Estate

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Hilton Head PropertiesWhen the azaleas are in full bloom, so is the Hilton Head Real Estate Market.  It is easy to understand why April is the biggest selling month of the year in the Hilton Head area. The near perfect weather, Easter, and The RBC Heritage make it easy to fall in love with Hilton Head Island.  If you are going to buy, here’s how you can get a jump ahead of other spring buyers.

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Hilton Head Vacation Itinerary for The Day Tripper

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Hilton Head Properties Realty and RentalsWe put together this Itinerary for the Hilton Head vacationer that loves to take day trips.  Hilton Head Island, SC is in the geographic center of some significant historic towns including Beaufort, Charleston and Savannah.  As well there are some out of the way places that are fun for day trips from Hilton Head.  We hope this gives you some ideas!

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How’s Your Hilton Head Portal Doing?

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Hilton_Head_MLS_Portal_001If you own Hilton Head real estate or thinking about purchasing, be sure you have a good portal set up with a local real estate agent.  Real estate in the Hilton Head area is starting to heat up and we are seeing properties sell in a day and multiple offers on the same property.  A portal with our Hilton Head MLS, will keep you better informed than Zillow and other online real estate websites.  Here’s why.

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Say “Hello” to Warmer Weather: Spring Home Décor Tips for 2017

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Nothing says spring quite like a bouquet of fresh flowers sitting on the coffee table and the sun streaming through the windows. Homeowners love any excuse to freshen up their home décor and welcome the new season, and if Pinterest is any indication, people love to bring the latest trends into their living spaces. Read the rest of this entry



A Tennis Getaway to Hilton Head Island

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Tennis on Hilton Head IslandHilton Head Island is one of the top tennis destinations in the world. Boasting over 500 tennis courts and eight of the top 100 tennis resorts, Hilton Head Tennis is hard to beat.  Our vacation itinerary is centered around the tennis and clinics offered on Hilton Head.

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A Great Golf Itinerary for a Hilton Head Getaway

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The Front Nine Vacation Itinerary on Hilton HeadThis itinerary offers golfers that are vacationing on Hilton Head Island the very best courses with the most famous holes to play.  These courses are part of  The Ultimate 18 Hole Golf Course on Hilton Head.  Have fun, swing easy and let us know what you think! Read the rest of this entry




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