Crab Bank is a crescent of sand in Charleston harbor which once supported up to 5,000 nesting birds in a single summer and thousands of offspring has almost disappeared due to erosion.
No birds were able to nest there during the 2018 season.
In a release, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said brown pelicans are common throughout coastal South Carolina and one of the largest birds found on the East Coast. The first documented description by a European occurred in Charleston during the 18th century.
Several conservation groups are trying to restore Crab Bank, requesting the Army Corps of Engineers replace the eroded land with dredge spoil from the ongoing harbor deepening project. The Corps said it will need $1.5 million to make that happen.
DNR is trying to help. The agency established a new Coastal Bird Conservation Program, which provides a means for it and supporting organizations to collect donations.
To learn more about how you can help save these birds’ habitat and to learn more about the South Carolina Coastal Bird Conservation Program, visit sccoastalbirds.org.