Mike Dawson is retiring after 38 and a half years working at the Francis Beidler Forest near Harleyville. Over the decades his role evolved from naturalist to center director and manager at the National Audubon Society’s 18,000-acre bird and wildlife sanctuary.
Per legislation signed into law in March, the third week of October is designated as South Carolina Native Plant Week, recognizing the significance of native plants to our state's wildlife, economy and history.
This summer, Audubon South Carolina's Shorebird Steward volunteers worked hard to protect shorebirds by educating beachgoers on how to respectfully share the beach with nesting and resting coastal birds.
Thanks to a grant from the South Carolina Conservation Bank, Audubon’s Silver Bluff Sanctuary in Aiken County is now permanently protected. Free and open to the public, this 3,400-acre natural gem boasts stunning Savannah River views, 20 miles of trails, restored longleaf pine forest and ponds that attract the largest concentration of threatened Wood Storks in the Palmetto State.