There’s a slew of reasons to come to one of Exclusive Properties’ SC vacation rentals, whether it’s a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston.  There’s the beach, of course (it is a Charleston BEACH house, after all)… the culture and charm of Charleston, the history, fine cuisine, friendly locals, great shopping, countless special events and festivals.

Then, there’s also the natural beauty of the Lowcountry  –  the flora (Charleston gardens!) and the fascinating fauna.

The longer I live here, the more impressed I am with the variety and beauty of the creatures who inhabit this part of the world.  The first time you encounter an alligator close up in the wild, it’s a thrill.   Same goes for watching a line of brown pelicans sail overhead on the beach, looking like something out of Jurassic Park.  And of course, then there are the beloved loggerheads.

This area – the ACE Basin, to be exact  –   is also one of the busiest “thoroughfares” of bird migration.  You can observe more than 265 species of resident or migratory birds.

It’s also a hotbed of butterfly activity.  Just in the last few days I’ve noticed a tremendous spike in the number of butterflies fluttering around here on the IOP, near Isle of Palms vacation rentals.


If you are here in one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC this week, there are a couple events worth noting.

Wednesday, September 9th  –  THE INCREDIBLE MONARCH

This is a lecture by a real expert in the field.  Here’s the scoop from our friends at The Charleston Audubon and Natural History Society:


Billy McCord will present general information on monarch ecology, and will include information specific to the Atlantic coast fall migration.  He will most specifically talk about information that he’s collected over the past 19 years for monarchs in coastal South Carolina.  Much of the talk is based on information that he obtained from tagging about 20,000 monarchs at Folly Beach, Charleston County, SC from 1996 through 2014.

Billy McCord is a native of Manning, South Carolina.  He received both undergraduate (1975) and Master of Science (1977) degrees from Clemson University.  Billy’s MS degree is in wildlife biology, and his minor field of study in both undergraduate and graduate school at Clemson was entomology.

Billy was employed as a full-time wildlife biologist, ecologist and naturalist by SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) from March 1978 through June 2010.   Much of his professional career through 2003 dealt with the study and management of migratory fish populations, and he was a member of national, State, and regional committees.

Billy is currently a part-time employee with the SCDNR in Charleston.  He continues to conduct biological inventories of coastal islands and recently did such a survey for South Fenwick Island in Colleton County.  Billy continues to conduct research on migratory monarch butterflies and has done so annually since 1996, having tagged 24,000+ monarchs in coastal SC.

We’ll gather at 6:00, in Duckett Hall auditorium on The Citadel’s campus, for a chance to socialize and share some snacks (feel free to bring your favorite :-), then the talk will begin at 6:30. See you there, and bring a friend!

Directions & Parking: Duckett Hall is #31 on this map on this map (, for parking use Kovats Field, (#28 on the map) or any space marked “Visitor” around the Parade Deck (marked #5 on the map).

If you’ve ever stayed in Folly Beach rentals Charleston, who knows, maybe you’ve seen Billy out tagging monarchs!  After all, he’s done more than 20,000 on the island.


Then, on Thursday September 10th, there’s another interesting nature-related event.  One of the country’s foremost nature writers is coming to Charleston for the first time ever, and he’s giving a talk and book signing at the Charleston Museum downtown.  It’s sponsored by the very cool folks at the Center for Birds of Prey  –  in and of itself, a great place to visit when you’re here staying in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC.  It’s especially fun for kids, but is appropriate and interesting for all ages.  Here’s a link to their website:

Here’s the scoop on this event, again thanks to CANHS:


Barry Lopez comes to Charleston

NOTE: This event is hosted by the Center for Birds of Prey. Learn more about the event here.

We are honored to host the nation’s premier natural history writer, Barry Lopez, for the author’s first visit to Charleston.

Barry Lopez is best known as the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award. Among his other nonfiction books are About This Life and Of Wolves and Men, which was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of several award-winning works of fiction, including Field Notes, Winter Count, and a novella-length fable, Crow and Weasel. His recent work includes Light Action in the Caribbean, a collection of stories, and Resistance, a book of interrelated stories—Lopez’s eloquent response to the recent ideological changes in American society. He is also the co-editor with Debra Gwartney of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, a landmark work of language, geography, and folklore. His most recent book is a short story collaboration with artist Barry Moser titled Outside. All of his works reflect a life of travel and cultural inquiry that has taken him to nearly seventy countries. Barry Lopez has, in his own words, “an unquenchable desire to immerse myself in landscapes still owned by their resident animals.”

Robert Mcfarlane of the San Francisco Guardian says of Lopez’ work, it’s “as though Lopez has gripped you by the shoulder and pressed binoculars to your eyes.” He speaks on the topics of stewardship, philosophy, and morality as they pertain to nature and humanity. Mcfarlane describes Lopez’ viewpoint eloquently saying, “the stern curve of a mountain slope, a nest of wet stones on a beach, the bent trunk of a wind-blown tree: these abstract shapes can call out in us a goodness we might not have known we possessed.”

The program will run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the Charleston Museum located at 360 Meeting Street and includes the presentation and a reception and book signing with the author. Admission is $20 per person, $10 for students with a valid ID. Space is limited and advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets will be available online or by calling 843.971.7474.

So keep an eye to the sky, you never know what’s flying or fluttering overhead.  And remember to contact Exclusive Properties.  Our rental homes South Carolina – namely, our Isle of Palms luxury rentals  – are the best around.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger