South Carolina has 187 miles of coastline, with 2,876 tidal shoreline and thousands of small barrier islands. However, only a fraction of this territory is still used by seabirds and shorebirds for nesting, and only a slightly larger area is used for migration stopovers. Protecting our coasts and ensuring that there is enough room for everyone is critical to our mission.
Some of our popular nesting birds along the coast are: Brown Pelican, Black Skimmer, American Oystercatcher, Wilson's Plover, Least Tern, Royal Tern, and Sandwich Tern.
Our beaches are also important for migrating birds such as the endangered Piping Plover, which as of 2003 there were less than 3,400 birds along the Atlantic coast and around 6,500 worldwide. Piping Plovers can nest as far north as Newfoundland and winter as far south as the Caribbean. They need a lot of pit stops along the way!
Other wintering or migrating species that can be found along the coast are: Red Knots, Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Plover, and Black-bellied Plover.
Volunteer Opportunities Along the Coast
If you are interested in being placed on an emailing list for updates and volunteer opportunities along the coast then email Richard Covey.