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 Namesort ascending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Lake Conestee Nature Park Recognized Global Greenville D1, D3, D4i, D5
Katawba Valley Lands Recognized State Fairfield, Lancaster D1, D3, D4i
Jocassee Gorges Recognized State Pickens D1, D3, D5
Hogback Mountain Recognized State Greenville D1, D3, D4vii
Hobcaw Barony Recognized Global Georgetown D3
Hilton Pond Center (Important Bird Research Area) Recognized State York D5
Francis Marion National Forest Recognized Global Berkeley, Charleston B3, D1, D3, D4i, D4ii
Fort Jackson Military Reservation Recognized Global Richland D5
Dungannon Plantation Heritage Preserve Recognized State Charleston D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv
Donnelly Wildlife Management Area Recognized Global Colleton D1, D4vi, D5
Deveaux Bank Recognized Global Charleston D1, D4i, D4iii
Croft State Natural Area Recognized State Spartanburg D1, D3
Crab Bank Recognized State Charleston D1, D3, D4i, D4iv, D5
Congaree National Park Recognized State Richland
Clemson Experimental Forest Recognized State Pickens D1, D4i, D5
Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Chesterfield D1, D4ii, D5
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Charleston D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv, D4v, D4vi, D5
Caesars Head State Park Recognized State Greenville D1, D4vi, D5
Brosnan Forest Recognized Global Dorchester B3, D1, D3, D4i
Bomb (Lunch) Island Recognized State Lexington D1, D4i


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