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
Bird Key Stono Recognized State Charleston D1, D3, D4i, D4iii, D4iv, D4v, D5
Beaufort Barrier Islands Recognized Global Beaufort D1, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv, D4v
Bear Island Wildlife Management Area Recognized Global Colleton D1, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4v, D4vi, D5
Audubon's Francis Beidler Forest Recognized State Berkeley, Dorchester, Orangeburg D1, D3, D4i, D5
ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge--Edisto Unit Recognized Global Charleston D1, D4i, D4iii, D4iv, D4vii

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