About Us

The Hilton Head Island Audubon Society was founded in 1974. We have approximately 500 memberships. We are proud of our Society and have tried to live up to our mission statement "to promote the awareness and appreciation of nature, to preserve and protect wildlife and natural ecosystems and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship.”

Audubon Newhall Preserve:

The Hilton Head Island Audubon Society owns and operates the Audubon Newhall Preserve located on Palmetto Bay Road on Hilton Head Island. It is usually open to the public at no charge from dawn to dusk daily. Dogs on a leash are welcome, but please pick up after your pet and do check for ticks during the warmer months.  Smoking and the feeding of the alligators are not allowed.  A self guided trail map is available next to our bulletin board.  Many native plants are labeled in our several distinct types of ecosystems.

When open, Guided Walks are conducted at 10am on Thursday mornings in March, April, May, September, October, and November ( weather permitting ).  Experienced naturalists will discuss the history, plants, and wildlife found on the 50 acre nature preserve. The walks are free to the public but donations are appreciated.  Reservations are not required. Guided Walks are also offered by  reservation for groups and organizations.  Please call 317-989-5777 for further information.

Get Involved:


The Hilton Head Island Audubon relies upon volunteers throughout the year. Volunteers are encouraged to join the following projects:

  • Monthly meetings
  • Field outings
  • Christmas Bird Count & Great Backyard Bird Count
  • Newsletter the "Ecobon"
  • "Birders Guide to Hilton Head Island & the Low Country" and Checklist
  • www.hiltonheadaudubon.org website
  • "Adopt-a-Refuge" - Pinckney Island NWR
  • Audubon Newhall Preserve
  • Sale of nesting boxes & bird seed
  • Teacher/Student educational programs
  • Wetland/conservation