Share the Love, Share the Shore
Give Birds Space to Nest
Beach nesting birds are extra sensitive to dogs, and even well-behaved dogs can look like predators to shorebirds. You can help protect shorebirds as they raise their young by leashing your dogs, walking around flocks, giving them plenty of space while on the south end of Harbor Island.
When parents are scared off of the nest by a curious dog, the eggs and chicks become exposed to dangerous temperatures under the summer sun. Not only can the young overheat, they become unprotected from predators–like seagulls and crows–swooping in for a meal.
photo by Lindsay Addison
An Important Place for Birds
Harbor Island is a globally recognized Important Bird Area, making it a great location to enjoy South Carolina’s wildlife. It’s also one of the only places that Wilson’s Plovers and other coastal birds can nest safely–because of the incredible community on Harbor Island that keeps them safe.
Shorebirds are a key part of the beach, attracting bird watchers and families to our shores every year. It is important to protect these vulnerable birds for future generations to learn from and enjoy.
Home Sweet Home
Reducing dog disturbance of shorebirds
Shorebirds face many threats, including habitat loss, predation, climate change, and human disturbance, that prevent them from tending to their young and getting the food they need to survive.
Coastal Program Associate, Audubon SC
Coastal Stewardship Coordinator, Audubon SC