What’s on your Hilton Head Bucket List?

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Living the Dream – A Hilton Head Bucket List

Listed below are 100 ideas for your next Hilton Head visit.  We have included some fun and local things for you to do whether you live here or are just visiting.  Have Fun!

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“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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August 8, 2018

Dear Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Friends,

The hatching season on the island has begun.   We have had 167 nests laid on our beaches, and most of the nests that appeared in May and early June have hatched.  Here is how it happens:

Deep under the sand, the 100+ eggs have been developing for around two months.  Then, very gradually (over 3-5 days), the baby turtles begin to break out of their shells using their sharp egg tooth.   Most of the hatchlings in the nest are doing this at the same time, and then, all at once, during the cool of the night, they (almost) all climb like crazy to get out of the nest at once – this is called a boil.  Here is a simulated side view of a hatching nest (this is in the Coastal Discovery Museum – check it out!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the hatchlings come out, they make a wild dash to the nearest light (which hopefully is the ocean….#lightsout).

 

 

 

 

 

And they do all of this without the help of their mother!  A mother sea turtle never gets the chance to help her babies – the hatchlings need to make it out of the nest on their own, find their way to the ocean and begin swimming out to sea…..with no help from mom!

If you are lucky enough to see happen to see a nest hatch, or the hatchlings running to the sea, enjoy the sight of nature at its most amazing – but do not touch any hatchling or take any nighttime pictures without the proper equipment.  The hatchlings are running toward the light of the ocean, and other lights will distract them…..and they have enough challenges to survival already!

The hatchlings are amazingly tiny – here is a picture of one on a footprint – it barely covers the big toe!  It is amazing that they can survive at all!

 

 

 

 

Exactly three days after the hatching, the trained turtle patrol will take inventory of the nest by carefully digging up the remains of the nest, counting how many eggs did not develop, how many eggs are the broken remains of a hatchling, and, once in a while, finding a hatchling or two in the bottom of the nest that needs help getting out.   Unfortunately, data is slow coming this year – I will let you know the results of your nest as soon as it is available.

A great summer for sea turtles so far – not many nests but lots of successful hatchings!  Here are two nests today just waiting for their time to hatch…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More news later –

Andrea

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum

843-415-2211

andreabsiebold@gmail.com

www.coastaldiscovery.org


July 25, 2018

Dear Sea Turtle Nest Adopters,

Remember last year’s huge red buoy that washed up on the beach?  Well, this year, we had a green buoy visit!  It makes for an interesting photo opp destination for both residents and tourists.  Luckily no mother or hatchling sea turtles bumped into itJ

 

 

 

 

 

We currently have 160 nests and only a few have hatched.  As mentioned, we are not able to give out information about the hatching dates and data until well after the fact – but be assured that your nests are being well cared for.  We will let you know about your nest as soon as we have the information.  More on the hatching nests next week –

One of our nest adopters has written a children’s book called “My Walk to the Water: a Mother Sea Turtle Speaks”.  In the book, she encourages everyone to help “Put the Beach to Sleep at Night”.

Legions of resident volunteer Turtle Trackers of all ages are doing just that – patrolling the beaches of Hilton Head Island in the evenings, from the “toe” of Sea Pines to the “heel” of Port Royal, making sure that the beach is clear of trash and holes….ready and welcoming for the sea turtles.

 

 

As you may have heard, plastic straws are a huge problem for our wildlife (including sea turtles) and our oceans.    The South Carolina Lowcountry is participating in a nationwide effort to reduce the use of plastic straws.  Charleston is in its second “Strawless Summer”, and most Hilton Head Island restaurants have embraced the strawfree movement by serving beverages without plastic straws.  Making a difference!!!

 

We can all help – wherever we are living or visiting!

 

Andrea

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum

843-415-2211

andreabsiebold@gmail.com

www.coastaldiscovery.org

 

 


July 15, 2018

Hi, Sea Turtle Friends,

No wonder sea turtles love to nest on Hilton Head Island!  We were just was voted the Number One Island in the Continental United States by Travel and Leisure MagazineHere is the link:

https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/hilton-head-best-island-in-us   We were even mentioned on the Today Show!!

And this week, an editor from the magazine came to the island hear the Hilton Head story.  She rode along on the morning turtle patrol to see a nest being marked.  (She is now the proud adopters of a sea turtle nest!!)   Coastal Discovery Museum CEO Rex Garniewicz was interviewed and took the opportunity to talk about our special endangered nesting sea turtles. Congratulations, Hilton Head Island!!!

 

We are up to 143 nests as of this moment  – those mothers are still making their way ashore as nesting season continues for another few weeks.  Sea turtles do not spend very much time on land – only the little bit while they dash to the ocean as babies until the female comes ashore to nest.  When a mother sea turtle comes ashore, getting to a good nesting place is a laborious and difficult task, and she usually stops to nest as soon as she reaches a dry area above the high tide line.  (Interestingly, she uses her chin to find the dry area!)  Sometimes she takes a short and direct path:

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes she wanders around a bit

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But once in a while, a mother will drag herself a v-e-r-y long way:

 

 

 

This same one even stopped a couple of times to try to nest along the way….

 

 

 

 

until she finally stopped at a sand fence to lay her eggs:

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the nest after marking

 

 

 

 

 

Unless you specified a late season nest, every adopter should have received a nest assignment from me by now – let me know if you have not.

 

Thank you so much for your interest in sea turtles and Hilton Head Island!

 

Andrea

 

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum

843-415-2211

andreabsiebold@gmail.com

www.coastaldiscovery.org

 


July 7, 2018

Dear Nest Adopters,

What a week!  The 4th of July brought lots of visitors to Hilton Head Island, and lots of “stuff” to clean up from the beach afterwards.  But it was an exciting week for sea turtle fans.

First, a mother loggerhead sea turtle become stuck in a hole on Hunting Island, just a little north of Hilton Head Island.  This mother tried to nest in an area filled with fallen trees and became lodged in a pit below one of the trees.  Volunteers were finally able to free her and she made a beeline back to the ocean.  Hooray for the Friends of Hunting Island!

 

 

 

 

Then, yesterday, a green sea turtle nested in Hilton Head – the only one on the island so far! Green sea turtles are larger than our usual loggerhead sea turtles (green is on the left),

 

 

 

 

their tracks are very different:

 

 

 

 

 

and their nesting area is quite a bit larger than the loggerheads.

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 124 nests as of this morning –interestingly it is exactly half the number of nests that we had on July 7th of last year – but the volunteers are marking the nests, cleaning up the beach and doing everything possible to make sure that the nests that are on Hilton Head Island are safe, untouched by humans or animals, and protected for the hatchings to come.

More news as it happens about your nests and the sea turtles –

Andrea

 

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum

843-415-2211

andreabsiebold@gmail.com

www.coastaldiscovery.org

 

 


June 20, 2018

Hi, all,

WOW!!  Jayme and Pat of the Sea Turtle Patrol had an awesome day yesterday – 6 new nests AND they got to see this beautiful mother making her way back to the ocean!  I will be on patrol on Friday – hoping for another full day of new nests!

 

 

 

 

 

During the next week, I will be assigning nests to most adopters.  (Since there are far fewer nests than usual, there will be some “sharing” of nests……)  Remember that if you are on the island and would like to select your nest, please let me know right away – otherwise, I will assign one to you.

Thank you so much for all you are doing to spread the word about the sea turtles!!

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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