Audubon Newhall Preserve

Audubon Newhall Preserve

Overview

Area name

Audubon Newhall Preserve

Area Location

South Island. On Palmetto Bay Road between Sea Pines Circle and the Cross Island Bridge. There is a sign to the Preserve.

Area Map

Access

Hours of Operation: Open in daylight hours.

Admission: Free though donations are welcome. Deeded to and maintained by the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society.

Facilities

  • Parking area.
  • Information board and leaflets.
  • No restrooms.
  • No water.
  • Park benches.
  • Nature trails.
  • Guided walks in the spring and fall – check www.hiltonheadaudubon.org.

Background

  • The Newhall Preserve is a place to see and study the vegetation of the island in a convenient, compact area encompassing pine/saw palmetto flatwoods, hardwoods and wetlands including a pond and a pocosin (ground-water wetland). Some endangered and rare plants have been collected and given a favorable environment here.  Audubon volunteers maintain trailside labels to identify the numerous plant species found in the Preserve.
  • The aerated pond with pier was restored in 1993.  The area around the pond can be a productive birding spot for warblers and other migrants in the spring and fall.
  • A pristine 50-acre preserve created by the founders of Sea Pines as a gift to prominent conservationist Caroline “Beany” Newhall. She created a fund for its maintenance and deeded it to the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society in 1976.  The Society has maintained the Preserve ever since.

Key Birds

Resident

Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, White-eyed Vireo, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pine Warbler, Eastern Towhee.

Spring

Warblers in migration.  Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Fall

Warblers in migration.

Winter

Yellow-rumped Warbler (abundant), Cedar Waxwing.