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

  • Open in daylight hours.
  • Deeded to and maintained by the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society, there is no charge though donations are welcome.

Facilities

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

Key Birds

Resident

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

Spring

Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Warblers in migration.

Fall

Warblers in migration.

Winter

Yellow-rumped Warbler (abundant), Cedar Waxwing.

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.

Birds To Watch