Conservation

Photo: Venu Challa

 

Where Birds Thrive, People Prosper

Audubon South Carolina protects birds and the places they need, right here in South Carolina.

Today, more than one-third of North America’s bird species are at risk of extinction unless we take significant conservation action.  

Habitat loss is a big challenge for birds.  The natural landscapes birds and other wildlife need to survive are disappearing fast.

At the same time, hundreds of bird species in North America are expected to lose more than half their habitat to climate change by 2080.  The result could be steep declines or extinction.

The good news is that when we protect South Carolina's birds from these threats, we automatically protect our state's ecosystems, our $20 billion tourism economy, and the one in ten South Carolinians who depend on tourism for their prosperity.  

And here's why there’s every reason for hope.  In the 1960s, DDT and other human activities pushed Bald Eagles toward extinction.  Citizen action saved the eagles, along with pelicans, falcons, and other treasured species.

In South Carolina today, we’ve got the people power to do something equally amazing.  Nearly 400,000 South Carolinians are birdwatchers. More than 750,000 – one in six of us – feed wild birds.

Acting together, we can give our state's birds a fighting chance in a rapidly changing world.  The result will be protection of South Carolina's cherished landscapes, and a more sustainable future for us all.

 

Photo Above: National Audubon Society scored a major victory in 2015 for the Piping Plover, a federally-listed species. Teaming with locals, we helped protect a 92,000 acre sanctuary in the Bahamas that will help increase this bird’s vanishingly small population.