Important Bird Areas

South Carolina

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South Carolina IBA Contact

Paul Koehler

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.

Site Name Status Prioritysort descending Counties IBA Criteria
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Continental Jasper B3, D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv, D4v, D4vi, D5
Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary Recognized Continental Aiken B3, D4i
Sumter National Forest-Long Cane Ranger District Recognized Continental Edgefield B3
ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge--Edisto Unit Recognized Global Charleston D1, D4i, D4iii, D4iv, D4vii
Brosnan Forest Recognized Global Dorchester B3, D1, D3, D4i
Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Chesterfield D1, D4ii, D5
Donnelly Wildlife Management Area Recognized Global Colleton D1, D4vi, D5
Francis Marion National Forest Recognized Global Berkeley, Charleston B3, D1, D3, D4i, D4ii
Sandy Island Recognized Global Georgetown B3, D4i
Webb Wildlife Management Area Recognized Global Hampton B3, D3, D4i, D4iii
Bear Island Wildlife Management Area Recognized Global Colleton D1, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4v, D4vi, D5
Deveaux Bank Recognized Global Charleston D1, D4i, D4iii
Hobcaw Barony Recognized Global Georgetown D3
Santee National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Clarendon D5
Medway Plantation Recognized Global Berkeley B3, D1, D3, D4iii, D4vi
Fort Jackson Military Reservation Recognized Global Richland D5
Sand Hills State Forest (South Carolina Forest Commission) Recognized Global Chesterfield
Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve Recognized Global Horry D1, D3, D4i
Lake Conestee Nature Park Recognized Global Greenville D1, D3, D4i, D5
Beaufort Barrier Islands Recognized Global Beaufort D1, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv, D4v


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