Photo: Venu Challa
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 the big challenge for birds. In South Carolina and around the globe, the natural landscapes birds and other wildlife need to survive are disappearing fast.
At the same time, 314 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.
And yet, if we remember how caring people have helped birds meet daunting challenges in the past, 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.
Photo Above: National Audubon Society scored a major victory in 2015 for the Piping Plover, a federally threatened 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.