Important Bird Areas

South Carolina

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South Carolina IBA Contact

Matt Johnson

South Carolina IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 17 462,007
Continental 3 152,258
State 25 188,565
Total 45 802,830

The Important Bird Areas Program in South Carolina, through the efforts of Audubon South Carolina, currently has 39 recognized and 2 identified IBAs, with all sites encompassing 1,156,900 acres. These sites span all of the major habitat types from the mountains and piedmont to the coastal plain and barrier islands. Three more sites are in the nomination process, and five potential sites, that will meet state criteria, are undergoing data collection so that they can be nominated. One of our first IBAs, Congaree Swamp National Monument, has been named the first National Park in South Carolina and is now named Congaree National Park. Audubon South Carolina is utilizing IBA data to drive conservation efforts for the state, with birds of concern and threatened habitat types being the foci. Plans are underway to make IBA information available through digital and printed versions of an IBA booklet, so that information can be accessible to those interested, including scientists, birdwatchers, donors and landowners.

Please Note: We are experiencing some technical difficulties with display of Important Bird Areas information. We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this issue.  Please see the list below to access site profiles.

ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge--Edisto Unit

Lake Conestee Nature Park

Audubon's Francis Beidler Forest

Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area

Medway Plantation

Beaufort Barrier Islands

Morse Creek Inlet/Bay Point Island

Bird Key Stono

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Bomb (Lunch) Island

Sand Hills State Forest (South Carolina Forest Commission)

Brosnan Forest

Sandy Island

Caesars Head State Park

Santee Coastal Reserve

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

Santee National Wildlife Refuge

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Clemson Experimental Forest

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Congaree  National Park

Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary

Crab Bank

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Croft State Natural Area

Sumter National Forest-Long Cane Ranger District

Deveaux Bank

Table Rock State Park

Donnelly Wildlife Management Area

Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center

Dungannon Plantation Heritage Preserve

Tomkins Island

Fort Jackson Military Reservation

Turtle Island

Francis Marion National Forest

Washo Reserve

Hilton Pond Center (Important Bird Research Area)

Webb Wildlife Management Area

Hobcaw Barony

Woodbury Wildlife Management Area

Hogback Mountain

 

Jocassee Gorges

 

Katawba Valley Lands

 

Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge--Edisto Unit Recognized Global Charleston D1, D4i, D4iii, D4iv, D4vii
Audubon's Francis Beidler Forest Recognized State Berkeley, Dorchester, Orangeburg D1, D3, D4i, D5
Bear Island Wildlife Management Area Recognized Global Colleton D1, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4v, D4vi, D5
Beaufort Barrier Islands Recognized Global Beaufort D1, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv, D4v
Bird Key Stono Recognized State Charleston D1, D3, D4i, D4iii, D4iv, D4v, D5
Bomb (Lunch) Island Recognized State Lexington D1, D4i
Brosnan Forest Recognized Global Dorchester B3, D1, D3, D4i
Caesars Head State Park Recognized State Greenville D1, D4vi, D5
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Charleston D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv, D4v, D4vi, D5
Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Chesterfield D1, D4ii, D5
Congaree National Park Recognized State Richland
Crab Bank Recognized State Charleston D1, D3, D4i, D4iv, D5
Deveaux Bank Recognized Global Charleston D1, D4i, D4iii
Donnelly Wildlife Management Area Recognized Global Colleton D1, D4vi, D5
Dungannon Plantation Heritage Preserve Recognized State Charleston D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv
Francis Marion National Forest Recognized Global Berkeley, Charleston B3, D1, D3, D4i, D4ii
Hilton Pond Center (Important Bird Research Area) Recognized State York D5
Hobcaw Barony Recognized Global Georgetown D3
Hogback Mountain Recognized State Greenville D1, D3, D4vii
Katawba Valley Lands Recognized State Fairfield, Lancaster D1, D3, D4i

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