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
Congaree National Park Recognized State Richland
Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Beaufort D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4v, D4vii, D5
Sea Pines Forest Preserve Recognized State Beaufort D1, D4i, D4iii
Table Rock State Park Recognized State Pickens D1, D3, D4i, D5
Bomb (Lunch) Island Recognized State Lexington D1, D4i
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Charleston D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv, D4v, D4vi, D5
Crab Bank Recognized State Charleston D1, D3, D4i, D4iv, D5
Dungannon Plantation Heritage Preserve Recognized State Charleston D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv
Hilton Pond Center (Important Bird Research Area) Recognized State York D5
Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center Recognized State Georgetown D1, D3, D4i, D4iii, D4iv, D4v, D5
Santee Coastal Reserve Recognized State Charleston, Georgetown D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4v, D5
Croft State Natural Area Recognized State Spartanburg D1, D3
Clemson Experimental Forest Recognized State Pickens D1, D4i, D5
Jocassee Gorges Recognized State Pickens D1, D3, D5
Audubon's Francis Beidler Forest Recognized State Berkeley, Dorchester, Orangeburg D1, D3, D4i, D5
Morse Creek Inlet/Bay Point Island Recognized State Beaufort
Bird Key Stono Recognized State Charleston D1, D3, D4i, D4iii, D4iv, D4v, D5
Washo Reserve Recognized State D1, D3, D4i, D4iii, D4iv, D4vi
Turtle Island Recognized State Jasper D1, D3, D4i
Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District Recognized State Oconee D3

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