Help us raise money for Project Prothonotary!

Help us raise money for Project Prothonotary!

Project Prothonotary exists to help save one of our most brilliant migratory bird species in SC.  During the spring and summer months, the Prothonotary Warbler calls South Carolina home to feast upon insects, spiders, and snails located in and around our forested wetlands, before returning to their wintering grounds as far south as Colombia, South America.  Uncommon among warblers, it is a cavity nester, which presents us a great opportunity to help save this bird whose population has declined approximately 42% over the last 50 years.

Create wildlife habitat at home

Create wildlife habitat at home

Most people feel helpless when it comes to saving the forests around the world, but there are so many things you can do right in your own backyard and community to create wildlife habitat and make a big difference. The S.C. Wildlife Federation (SCWF) partners with the National Wildlife Federation to provide recommendations for creating and enhancing wildlife habitat in backyards as well as at schools, businesses, parks and throughout entire communities.

SCWF To Partner With Recreational Anglers to Reduce Fish Mortality.

SCWF To Partner With Recreational Anglers to Reduce Fish Mortality.

South Carolina Wildlife Federation was recently awarded a federal grant to work with recreational anglers in four states. We will be partnering closely with the South Atlantic Marine Fisheries Council in its efforts to decrease mortality of snapper and grouper. This project is particularly important for the health of red snapper as regulators are in the early stages of re-opening the red snapper fishery for recreationists.

Keowee Key Certified as Community Wildlife Habitat

Keowee Key Certified as Community Wildlife Habitat

Leading a nationwide trend in community concern for habitat loss, Keowee Key has been officially designated an NWF Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). A Community Wildlife Habitat project creates multiple habitat areas in backyards, schoolyards, corporate properties, community gardens, parkland and other spaces. Keowee Key is the 112th community in the country and the 5th community in South Carolina to receive this honor. 

Increasing Focus on Wildlife Habitats

Increasing Focus on Wildlife Habitats

The South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) has named Jay Keck as their new Habitat Education Manager.  In this role, he will plan, coordinate, implement and oversee education programs designed to encourage the creation or enhancement of wildlife habitat in backyards, parks, schoolyards, and business property.    

16th Annual Photo Contest Open

16th Annual Photo Contest Open

Calling all amateur photographers! The SCWF is holding their 16th Annual Wildlife Photography Contest. Send us your best pictures capturing the beauty of South Carolina’s nature – in your own backyard or our backyard – that being South Carolina’s natural landscapes and creatures. You may submit entries in three categories! Deadline October 31st.

Help Support Shorebird Nesting

Help Support Shorebird Nesting

SCWF is one of many organizations supporting a new SCDNR S.C. Coastal Bird Conservation Program to protect and restore rapidly disappearing coastal bird habitat.  The pilot project is to raise approximately $2 million for the cost share needed for the restoration of Crab Bank with dredged material from the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. Crab Bank, an island created in Charleston Harbor with dredged material and former home to thousands of nesting coastal birds, has eroded to the point that it is unsuitable for bird use. 

SCWF Wood Duck Box Program

SCWF Wood Duck Box Program

Once threatened with near extinction from habitat destruction and overharvesting, wood duck populations are now steady or increasing.  SCWF is partnering with Duke Energy, SCDNR and the Lake Wateree Association to increase wood duck populations by constructing and erecting 80 wood duck nesting boxes in the on the shorelines of Lake Wateree, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Rocky Creek, Cedar Creek Reservoirs, the Wateree River, and smaller ponds in between.

Update on Public Lands

Update on Public Lands

A year ago this week, War was declared on America’s lands when President Trump signed Executive Order 13792.  This unprecedented action put 26 National Monuments on the chopping block for review and possible reduction in size.  The President had already appointed Ryan Zinke as Interior Department Secretary, and he became the point person for carrying out the executive order.  Over the past year, Secretary Zinke has expanded the war on numerous fronts through his political appointments, his department re-organization fumbling, his shunning of wildlife management and sound science and his devotion to energy conglomerates and large-scale agriculture.

Horseshoe Crabs & Shorebirds

Horseshoe Crabs & Shorebirds

SCWF had a wonderful event at Harbor Island on April 29 & 30, 2018 to observe and learn about Horseshoe Crabs & their spawning cycles, and the shorebirds that depend on the Horseshoe Crabs!  HUGE THANK YOU to Dr. Al Segars (retired veterinarian & wildlife biologist with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources) and Nick Wallover (veteran shorebird biologist with SCDNR) for sharing their expertise with our group!