A fifty-mile stretch of South Carolina’s coast will is being named an internationally significant site for shorebirds during their winter migration.
DNR has stated that hundreds of shorebirds such as the oystercatcher and short-billed dowitchers can be seen flying and feeding, ranging from the Yawkey Center in Georgetown County to Dewees Island in Charleston County, the newly-designated Cape Romain-Santee Delta Region site represents years of private, state, and federal collaboration to better understand and protect shorebirds.
The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) identifies protected land that provides essential habitat for shorebirds. The system currently includes 101 sites across 15 countries, spanning from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America.
Scientific survey data confirm that the Cape Romain-Santee Delta Region site supports over 100,000 migratory shorebirds annually. “This site is important for shorebirds because of the long stretch of undeveloped coast line and diversity of habitats, from sandy front ocean beaches to managed wetlands,” said South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) biologist Felicia Sanders.