A fundraising campaign to save a vital shorebird nesting area in the Charleston Harbor is closer to meeting its financial goal.
With the effort to save Crab Bank facing a January deadline, Ducks Unlimited announced it will donate $25,000 towards the effort.
“On behalf of our senior volunteers and our senior conservation staff… I would like to present a check for $25,000 to the Department of Natural Resources for the restoration of Crab Bank,” incoming South Carolina Ducks Unlimited chairman Brian Ford said in a ceremony last week.
“It’s a very important migratory bird sanctuary here in Charleston,” he said. “We feel like it’s well within our wheelhouse to help support this initiative that’s been eroding and with the support of our tag fund, we’re going to be able to do just that.”
Crab Bank is an exposed sandbar near Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant where thousands of shorebirds once nested. It was created by silt from a harbor dredging project 50 years ago and is one of five seabird sanctuaries designated by DNR. But currents have eroded the sandbar since that time and no birds nested there this year. [Read more…]