Tomkins Island is a five-acre island constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) one mile off Turtle Island (closest towns Hilton Head Island, SC and Savannah, GA) in the Atlantic Ocean and on the SC side of the Savannah River jetties. It was constructed as a mitigation for activities associated with the spoil disposal site along the SC side of the Savannah River in JasperCo. Construction was completed before 2005 nesting season.

Ornithological Summary

Construction of the island was complete before nesting season in 2005. That year 1,832 pairs of seabirds nested.
In 2006, 5,145 pairs nested, and in 2007 7,132 pairs nested.
Without nesting on Tomkins Island, SC seabird nesting would have been the worst year on record because storm events in May and June washed out many nests on other seabird islands.

Conservation Issues

Since the island is only 2 years old, there are no threats other than the potential threat of hurricanes.

Ownership

Tomkins Island was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers to mitigate activities associated with the spoil disposal site along the SC side of the Savannah River in Jasper Co.

Habitat

Tomkins Island was created from dredge material as mitigation for loss of habitat due to activities associated with the spoil disposal site along the SC side of the Savannah River in Jasper Co.

Land Use

Tomkins Island was created from dredge material as mitigation for loss of habitat due to activities associated with the spoil disposal siste along the SC side of the Savannah River in Jasper Co.

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