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What We Do

SCDNR Coastal Bird Signs

South Carolina is home to many coastal bird species, including seabirds, shorebirds and wading birds –collectively known as waterbirds.


Our state plays a vital role in the lives of these species by providing habitat for nesting, wintering and migration stopover.  The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) protects areas where these birds roost, feed, nest and raise their young.  


SCDNR biologists: 

  • monitor population trends,

  • manage and enhance habitat, and

  • conduct research to better understand stressors to coastal bird populations.


We serve as advocates for preservation of wetland habitats and help educate communities about their importance and role in ecosystem integrity.  The Coastal Bird Conservation Program will aide SCDNR and others in supporting the management and protection of waterbirds, as well as provide education opportunities for the public to learn about these species and how they can help protect them too. 

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