Coasts

Photo: Kyle Fritz

Crab Bank Kayak Tour & Beach Sweep 2016
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Crab Bank Kayak Tour & Beach Sweep

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Shorebird Stewards
Seas & Shores

Shorebird Stewards

Protecting shorebirds and seabirds through education and volunteerism.

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Kid Signs
Seas & Shores

Kid Signs

Using Art as a Tool for Conservation

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International Shorebird Survey
Seas & Shores

International Shorebird Survey

Population Monitoring organized by Manomet and eBird.org.

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Bird Banding on Sullivan's Island
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Bird Banding on Sullivan's Island

Sullivan's Island Environmental Education and Bird Research Program

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Charleston Harbor Deepening: Post 45
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Charleston Harbor Deepening: Post 45

Public comment on Post 45: Beneficial Use of Post 45 Dredge Spoils

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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.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an Audubon Shorebird Steward, please contact Audubon South Carolina's Seas & Shores Coordinator.

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