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

  • "The Prints of Dame Laura Knight" Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Jan 19, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Telfair Museums' Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums exhibits nine prints by Dame Laura Knight (British, 1877-1970), together for the first time since they were acquired by the museum...

  • "Keita Takahashi: Zooming Out" Exhibition at Telfair Musuems

    Jan 24, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums hosts the first museum survey of the work of visionary videogame designer Keita Takahashi (Japanese, b. 1975). Takahashi is noted...

  • 2019 American Traditions Vocal Competition

    Feb 18, 2019
    12:00 PM - 12:00 PM @ Skidaway Island UMC & The Trustees Theater

    The 2019 American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC) will be held Feb. 18-22, 2019. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit...

  • 2019 Groundhog Day 2.2 Mile Virtual Race

    Feb 20, 2019
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ YOUR CHOICE

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  • Will Gruver - LLS ALL STAR Campaign Kick-Off

    Feb 22, 2019
    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Service Brewing

    Come join All-Star, Will Gruver, and his band mates as they kick-off ‘Getting the Band Back Together’ for the Will Gruver - LLS ALL STAR...

  • Chefs & Chocolates

    Feb 22, 2019
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Kehoe Ironworks at Trustees' Garden

    Please join Urban Hope for our 9th Annual Chefs and Chocolates Taste of Hope!

  • Fundamentals of Salsa On2 (Mambo Style)

    Jan 16, 2019
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Fit912savannah

    Fundamentals of Salsa On2 (Mambo Style)    Fundamentals of Salsa On2 (Mambo style) is for beginners and advanced beginners  of this type of...

  • "A Star is Born"

    Feb 20, 2019
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    The last feature in our run up to the Academy Awards Feb. 24 is, of course, “A Star is Born!!”In this new take on the tragic love story,...

  • The American Traditions Vocal Competition

    Feb 18, 2019
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    The American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC) returns for its highly anticipated 26th anniversary season Feb. 18-22, 2019. With an outstanding...

  • World of Illusion at Savannah Theatre

    Feb 21, 2019
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Savannah Theatre

    The Savannah Theatre is presenting this incredible blend of comedy, close-up magic, and grand illusion featuring two dynamic, world-class acts for...

  • Savannah Black Heritage Festival

    Feb 01, 2019
    All Day @ Savannah

    The Savannah Black Heritage Festival (SBHF) is a professionally produced, multi-disciplinary festival, and it is one of the many ethnic cultural...

  • 23rd Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration

    Feb 01, 2019
    All Day @ Hilton Head Island

    The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration showcases the rich cultural heritage of theGullah people and their history on Hilton Head Island. Hilton...

  • Balletomane: Paintings by Spain’s Antonio Torres

    Feb 01, 2019
    All Day @ R. Alexander Fine Art

    The show will be on display at R. Alexander from February 1- March 2, 2019. In conjunction with Atlanta Ballet, a special opening reception will be...

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  • 2019 Race for Preservation

    Feb 23, 2019
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Forsyth Park

    Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) is gearing up for the 2019 Race for Preservation. The 5k/10k race route begins and ends at Forsyth Park and runs...

  • Roswell Roots Arts Festival

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  • Power Yoga Principles

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  • Bar Food's 10 Year Anniversary Party

    Feb 23, 2019
    3:00 PM @ Bar Food

    Join us as we celebrate 10 years of business! There will be giveaways, raffles, drinks, food, and more!

  • 39th Annual Telfair Ball

    Feb 23, 2019
    6:00 PM - 12:00 AM @ Forsyth Park

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  • 21st SMA Angels Charity Gala

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Scenes of the South

Hearts for Healing Gala

The Faith Equestrian's Annual Hearts for Healing Gala at Tybee Wedding Chapel on Friday evening started out with a bang as the Free Spirit Orchestra' violin twins played their rendition of some of the greatest musical hits. The attendees were reminded what the event was all about as the founder Bonnie Rachael was recognized after story after story was shared to a room of teary eyed party-goers. Congrats to event director Bonnie Karr and her amazing team for a job well done!

The Cure Gala

Sisters on a journey sold out to a crowd of over 600 mainly female partygoers as they celebrated a night dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer.This special dinner featured unique, individually-themed table decorations, a silent auction, live auction, and a room full of big generous hearts. The event was held at the beautiful trustees garden, Charlie Morris's masterpiece of a venue.

Southern Coast Heart Ball

The American Heart Association's 22nd Annual Southern Heart Ball took place on February 2, 2019 and celebrated all the life-saving advances made so far while raising funds to continue to further AHA's mission. The black-tie gala brought together more than 400 guests to enjoy a night of dining, dancing, live entertainment and both live and silent auctions. Those in attendance got to hear the story of Lily Cochran, who was born with several congenital heart defects. Her father, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, also had a heart disease and was honored at the event.

PUTTING Away Crime

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 Savannah helped McGruff the Crime Dog take a bite out of crime at the Crimestoppers Savannah's 3rd Annual Putt Putt Mini Golf Tournament held at Island Miniature Golf and Game on Wilmington Island. Proceeds went to helping fund rewards for the Crimestopper's anonymous crime tip line.

Dining in the Dark

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, the 3rd Annual Dining in the Dark event presented by The Charles C. Taylor and Samir Nikocevic Charitable Foundation benefitting the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision, was held at the Embassy Suites/Downtown Savannah.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2018

Savannah's 39 Rue De Jean celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the official end of this year’s growing season. Harvest is complete and vintners—especially in France—are ready to celebrate the completion of the harvest. Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine that is annually released on the third Thursday in November. Nouveau wine undergoes a very short fermentation process, and yields an extremely fresh and fruity wine.

A Chefs Collaborative

This five course dinner held at Pacci Italian Kitchen and Bar allowed guests to taste exceptional flavors steeped in tradition. Included were the culinary skills of Chef Adam Barnett of The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, Winston-Salem, NC, Chef Robert Hoffman of Angeline’s Charlotte, NC, Chef Daniel Gorman of The Henley Nashville, TN, Chef Sebastien Rondier of Brabo, Alexandria, VA, and Chef Lauren Teague of PACCI Italian Kitchen + Bar.

East and West BBQ

A whole hog BBQ showcase, from two of the south’s most legendary Pitmasters, Pat Martin and Sam Jones. Hosted by Alida Hotel this event was a fabulous juxtaposition between Eastern North Carolina style BBQ and Western Tennessee style. Made possible by the Savannah Food and Wine Festival.

Savannah Food & Wine Fest

Hundreds came to experience Southern charm and hospitality, Savannah Style. The South's best culinary happenings - one exceptional week in Savannah. Iconic and historic coastal venues provided the perfect backdrop for gourmet and fun. South magazine captured the experience at the VIP tent.

Big Wig Boat Bash

Savannah's Riverboat, The Georgia Queen set sail to host the final fundraiser for the 2018 class of Big Wigs, together raising over $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Foundation. This evening included heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, a silent auction, music and dancing and a contest to crown the Biggest BigWig! Contest categories included: The Biggest Wig, The Pink Ribbon Award and Best Pink Personality.