2021 Wildlife Sightings: Incredible Findings and Photos

Welcome to the Kiawah Island Nature Program’s 2021 wildlife sightings. Here you’ll find postings from our Naturalists and island biologists, showing you what is currently in the field, as well as an archive of observations from throughout the year. We hope this archive will get you excited about the amazing and diverse wildlife found on Kiawah. Share your photos and stories with us at Kiawah_Recreation@KiawahResort.com.


January 8, 2021 ~ 1st Back Island Birding of the Year

On our first Back Island Birding excursion of the year, we saw 41 different species! Some highlights from the trip: the massive flock of robins, piping plovers at the Ocean Course, and the Beach Evening Primrose, a yellow trailing flower on the beach.

-Naturalist, Peter


January 4, 2021 ~ Annual Sea Island Christmas Bird Count

Naturalists helped with the Sea Islands Christmas Bird Count, part of a tradition that dates back to 1900 where conservationists and birdwatchers all across North America meet every winter to create a census of all birds in their area. The Sea Islands Christmas Bird Count is in its 10th year and includes areas on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, as well as large portions of Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. This year, naturalists counted 39 different species in the Kiawah River, such as the American Oystercatcher and Marbled Godwit.


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