A GUIDE TO BIRD-WATCHING IN THE LOWCOUNTRY

Whether you’re experienced or a neophyte hoping to spot an elusive rare species or observe many birds in myriad ecosystems, resident or visitor, the Lowcountry offers rich opportunities for bird-watching year-round. 

With ecosystems ranging from maritime forests to freshwater ponds, streams, beaches, dunes and salt marshes, the area offers a diverse palette of avian life. Some 200 species make the area their home, while another 150 species have at least visited in recent years. 

HILTON HEAD AUTHOR’S BOOK DETAILS BABY DAUGHTER’S FIGHT TO BEAT THE ODDS

Bob Krech wasn’t about to keep his revelation a secret. The Hilton Head resident knew he needed to share his experience. He needed to write about it. 

“The only thing I can compare it to was, if you found a cure for cancer, you wouldn’t just sit on it and not tell anyone,” he said. “Here I felt like I had experienced a true miracle through prayer, and I wanted to share that experience in hopes that others in similar difficult circumstances might benefit. I wanted to let people know how God is active in our lives in very real ways.” 

FORT PULASKI OFFERS IDEAL EDUCATIONAL AND OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES

Savannah is known for its charming downtown, picturesque scenery and its penchant for having a good time. 

But it’s also admired for its history. If you want to enjoy a ride over the Talmadge Bridge and get a worthwhile education and explore historic grounds, Fort Pulaski National Monument makes for a quintessential day trip. 

There are many podcasts and websites that offer audio stories that are entertaining and informative. Here are some kid-friendly online resources for (free) stories and top podcasts. 

WAHHI CELEBRATES 60 YEARS

For 60 years, the Women’s Association of Hilton Head has been connecting women throughout the Lowcountry. 

In preparation for the 60th anniversary celebration, there’s a lot to learn about WAHHI’s history and, more importantly, the association’s future plans. 

Savannah’s Plant Riverside District becoming a prime destination

After spending eight years and $375 million to transform an abandoned power plant into an eclectic entertainment district on Savannah’s River Street, Richard C. Kessler was eager to learn how his project would be received. 

The answer came emphatically from a young mother and her daughter, gleefully enjoying a colorful children’s play fountain that sent bursts of water more than 10 feet into the air. 

REALITY TV STAR SHEP ROSE PENS MEMOIR   

Southern Charm star Shep Rose has a successful reality television gig where life always seems to be a party, he was raised in Sea Pines and he comes from a supportive upper-class family. On the surface, he’s the kind of guy internet finger-waggers love to hate. 

But the real story is a little deeper, and definitely more fun. 

SONYA GRANT OPENS BUSINESS TO PROMOTE GULLAH HERITAGE FOR YOUNGER GENERATION

Sonya Grant didn’t plan on emerging as a younger voice for the spirited and rich history of the Gullah culture.

The Hilton Head resident launched Gullah Ts N’ Tings on June 2 ­— her 32nd birthday — seeking to sell her collection of Gullah-inspired T-shirts, sweatshirts and custom accessories.