Located just north of Charleston, South Carolina, the Avian Conservation Center is the only facility of its kind in the nation combining science, education, research, medical care, captive breeding, and oiled bird treatment.
The Avian Medical Clinic provides professional medical treatment for more than 500 injured/orphaned birds of prey and shore birds each year, releasing the majority back into their natural habitat utilizing strict criteria that provides assurance of their survival in the wild.
The Center is home to 120 resident educational birds representing 50 species from around the world – among the most significant collections of captive birds of prey to be seen in the United States.
The Center reaches 20,000+ students and adults each year through on-site and off-site educational programs, teaching about the threats from contaminants, habitat loss, and other factors and the key role these magnificent creatures continue to play as crucial environmental sentinels.
Additionally, the Center serves as the only permanent Oiled Bird Response Facility of its kind on the eastern seaboard, affording the most efficient response possible in the event of a contaminant spill affecting native bird populations and their fragile breeding habitats.
On the research side, the Center conducts the only active MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity & Survivorship) banding station on the South Atlantic coast.
The Center employs a professional staff representing over 70 years of collective avian experience, and a Volunteer Staff Program that provides more than 12,000 volunteer hours each year (equivalent to 6 full-time staff).