Celebrate Unique Southern Biodiversity This Summer


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The South is home to many unique characters, including the plants and animals that have inhabited these lands for millennia.

As human beings, we sometimes forget that we aren’t the only species on earth. But indeed, the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire are home to some of the most interesting and exceptional natural habitats in the country, hosting some natural species that aren’t found anywhere else in the world but here. These are some of the most unique environmental habitats that we are lucky to have right in our backyards.

 

Marshes

Stand on any dock in this area, and you’re bound to see it – blankets of marsh grass, standing tall and proud against the murky rivers and creeks that tangle around the coast. Spartina grass is the root of the marsh ecosystem, serving a multitude of valuable purposes for this very important marine environment. As a nutrient-rich plant species, marsh grass provides a constant food source for this habitat as well as a source of cover for animals to hide from prey. Depending upon the season, marsh grass changes color, turning from a grayish brown in the winter to a light green in the spring and bursting into an electric green with a nearly neon hue.

 

Live Oaks

Another signature natural species of this area is the majestic live oak, found in ancient, dense maritime forests deep in the Lowcountry as well as in the squares and parks of urban Savannah. Live oaks provide food for many different wildlife species as well as serve as the over-story in the maritime forest habitat, along with the Southern magnolia, with its large, fragrant blooms, and the Eastern red cedar. (The Eastern red cedar is also very fragrant and helpful for keeping moths out of your clothes.) Sparkleberry trees and the yaupon holly fill in as the under-story in this unique environment, the latter of which Native Americans used to make tea with.

 

Wetlands

Evergreen wetlands stretch across the coastline in Georgia and South Carolina, serving as a vital environment to the overall landscape in the region. These wetlands are topped by red maple and loblolly bay trees in the over-story of the habitat, and an understory that of the dahoon holly, whose berries feed a lot of wildlife that roams and lives in the area. Button bush grows on the interior of the wetlands, along with native grasses that make for great dinners (and breakfasts and lunches) for ducks. Large animals utilize this habitat for eating and drinking, which then attracts their predators, too.

 

With a landscape as beautiful and vast as the one that surrounds us, there are truly a million different plant and animal species that make up the unique natural environments of this area – so celebrating the biodiversity of the South is really quite easy. All you have to do is look around you.

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Events Calendar

  • Turtle Talks

    May 16, 2018
    10:15 AM - 10:15 AM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    During Turtle Talks, you’ll learn about anatomy and natural adaptations of sea turtles, discuss Tybee’s Sea Turtle Project conservation...

  • Sift 'n' Seine Program

    May 15, 2018
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    On our sift n seine program, you’ll discover the marine life of the intertidal zone by pulling a 10 foot seine net through waist-deep water....

  • Tybee South Beach Walks

    May 16, 2018
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    South beach walks depart from the science center where you’ll join a knowledgeable marine science educator on a guided walk of Tybee’s south...

  • Tybee Marsh Treks

    Sep 01, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    On a marsh trek, you’ll enjoy a hands-on exploration of Georgia’s salt marsh, searching the mud for fiddler crabs, snails, and more. Learn...

  • 37th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival

    Sep 23, 2018
    All Day @ Downtown Savannah

    Get ready for the sweet sounds of jazz to hit Savannah! The 2018 Savannah Jazz Festival celebrates jazz as a living art form—built on a...

  • Arthouse Cinema: Puzzle

    Sep 26, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Lucas Theatre for the Arts

    Premiering at Sundance, PUZZLE is the indie drama you need to see. Receiving rave reviews for her role, Kelly Macdonald plays Agnes, a taken for...

  • Let's Talk Mental Illness: Myths, Truths and Realities

    Sep 27, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Demere Center for Living

    The ELLA Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering education, support and advocacy to individuals and families affected by...

  • National Theatre Live: King Lear

    Sep 28, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Lucas Theatre for the Arts

    Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear. King Lear sees two...

  • Lean Ensemble Theater presents Warehouse Theatre's Production of The Tempest

    Sep 28, 2018
    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ HHPS Main Street Theatre

    It starts with a shipwreck and ends with a reunion. In between, witness fantastic spells, murderous plots, and a love story. The Warehouse Theatre...

  • Tybee's Got Talent!!

    Sep 30, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    It's the event you've been waiting for! The 4th Annual Tybeee's Got Talent show at the Tybee Post Theater! That legendary island talent show was...

  • Chick-fil-a Stuffed Animal Sleepover

    Oct 05, 2018
    6:00 PM @ Chick-Fil-A

    Join us for our annual stuffed animal sleepover on October 5. Wear your pajamas and enjoy a dinner with the Chick-fil-a Cow! Once dinner is over,...

  • Yellow Fever in Savannah 1820

    Oct 05, 2018
    7:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Davenport House Museum

      This October see a historical recreation of Savannah’s dreadful Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 with particular emphasis on daily life in...

  • Alee Haunted House-Terror Plantation

    Oct 05, 2018
    7:30 PM - 11:00 PM @ Alee Temple

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    Run the course where the movie Forrest Gump was filmed. This Forrest Gump themed 5K will take you through historic downtown Beaufort,...

  • Art in the Park

    Oct 06, 2018
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Downtown Blowing Rock

    Outdoor arts & crafts show featuring 90+ juried artisans in a wide variety of mediums. Meet artists and buy art at series of 6 shows throughout...

  • Ken Ueno’s Ghost Vault Triptych Public Performance

    Oct 06, 2018
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Ken Ueno will compose, direct, and inhabit a series of site-specific public performances entitled Ghost Vault Triptych at the Cluskey Embankment...

  • Erin Johnson and Ken Ueno Artist Talk and Performance

    Oct 07, 2018
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Join exhibiting artists Erin Johnson and Ken Ueno in an artist talk, performance, and walking conversation about their individual and collaborative...

  • Musical Matinees: Little Shop of Horrors

    Oct 07, 2018
    3:00 PM - 5:15 PM @ Lucas Theatre for the Arts

    Getting into the Halloween mood, our Musical Matinée for this month is the 1986 cult-classic, Little Shop of Horrors. A nerdy florist, played by...


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Cure and Whiskey Wednesday

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day, 43 families in the United States will hear the words “your child has cancer.” Meaningful supporters came came out to help spread awareness, learn more on how to stop childhood cancer, to recognize the children and families affected by childhood cancers and to emphasize the importance of supporting research on these devastating conditions.

7th Annual Savannah Ambucs/ Celebrity Bowlapalooza Auction

Plenty of supporters came came out to the 7th Annual Savannah Ambucs/Vaden Chevrolet Pooler Celebrity Bowlapalooza Kickoff and Auction for a night of fun and fundraising. There was an Amtryke, specially adapted 3 wheel bike giveaway, and a silent and live auction. The auction was to help make a difference in the Savannah community and to inspire mobility and independence for people with different abilities.

Ronald McDonald House Super Summer Shindig

Children came dressed as their favorite superheroes as they enjoyed face painting, games, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and their favorite favorite superheroes and McDonald’s characters. There was delicious appetizers by Chef Cynthia Creighton-Jones of Cape Creations Catering, Ghost Coast cocktails, door prizes, and the great networking opportunities in Savannah.

Whiskey Wednesday

First City Network, Ghost Coast Distillery and South Magazine came together for this event at 39 Rue De Jean on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The mission of First City Network (FCN) is to enhance and sustain the well-being of LGBT individuals and their allies .

The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra -Swingin' Savannah River

The beautiful Westin Harbor Lawn was the perfect setting to enjoy the ultimate July 4th experience on the Savannah River including a patriotic concert with The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.

JCB Mudrun 2018

As feet hit the wet mud, eyes were set on the trophies and hearts beat with adrenaline at this year’s 7th annual JCB Mud Fest. Nearly 1,500 participants showed up from around the country, making this the most successful event to date. All proceeds benefited the Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development. Participants endured a variety of new challenges, including fan favorites such as the JCB mud lake and the tire field.

Old Town Trolley's 25th Anniversary

Old Town Trolley celebrated 25 years of business!

Red, White & Blue Baseball Night

The Two Hundred Club, hosted by the Savannah Bananas, held a double header evening featuring an exhibition softball game between the local Firefighters & EMS versus Law Enforcement at Grayson Stadium.

2018 Savannah Mile

Hundreds of service members and their families joined with community neighbors and volunteers for this annual One-Mile Run yo support The 200 club of the Coastal Empire. Participants run North on Drayton Street for one mile to nd at the Finish Line on Broughton Street. The 200 club provides resources and financial support for families who have had a loved one killed or injured in the line of duty.

Lowcountry Annie Oakleys Charity Clay Tournament

The third annual Annie Oakley's Charity Clay Tournament and After Party took place on September 29. The event benefited the Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital in Savannah. The day began at 11:30 a.m. with the driven bird flurry contest. Later that afternoon, the shotgun start kicked off the 100-shot tournament. The after party that evening was open to non-shooters alike, where cocktails, drinks and hors d'oeuvres from Cotton & Rye were served.