To identify and address vital environmental issues by
providing medical care for injured birds of prey and shorebirds, and through educational, research and conservation initiatives.
After more than thirty years and 15,000 medical cases, we can fully appreciate the invaluable insight that wild birds provide into a broad range of environmental threats.
If you see a Swallow-tailed Kite, you can help us determine their distribution, monitor population trends, and locate important nesting and foraging sites by reporting your sighting using the button below.
Each year, thousands of students are engaged in the Center’s science and natural history based educational programs. Decades of experience and from evaluations consistently provided from educators, demonstrate that these programs capture attention, enhance retention of subject material, and foster a renewed enthusiasm for learning – all of which contribute to an overall improvement in academic performance. The experiential programs offered by the Center also promote an awareness and appreciation for the natural world and our respective roles as stewards in its preservation. The power and beauty of birds of prey cast them as unparalleled ambassadors in public education – exemplifying both the intellectual and ethical aspects of conservation management.
Education sessions are available for any group that would like to experience a personal and targeted educational program including students, professional organizations, corporate groups, families, and others. These educational programs can be provided on the ACC campus or off-site at appropriate venues.
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The Avian Medical Clinic operates 365 days a year and receives numerous calls about injured birds in need of help each day. Calls are monitored and answered from 9am to 9pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.
The Clinic currently admits an average between 800-1000 patients each year, representing a variety of birds of prey and shorebird species with injuries ranging from minor to critical.
Working with wild birds, especially when they are compromised by an injury or illness, is an advanced skill. The Avian Medical Clinic relies on a trained volunteer team located throughout South Carolina and beyond to assist with properly transporting birds in need to the Medical Clinic for care.
The SC Oiled Bird Treatment Facility is designated in the USCG Area Contingency Plan as the official repository for oiled or contaminated birds in South Carolina and maintains situational readiness in this crucial role.
Constructed with a grant from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Center’s combined use Avian Medical Center / SC Oiled Bird Treatment Facility was completed in October 2007 and is the only permanent avian treatment center of its kind on the Eastern seaboard.
The facility is designed and equipped to provide the highest quality medical care available for injured birds of prey and shorebirds on a daily basis and affords the most efficient response possible in the event of a contaminant spill affecting native bird populations and their fragile breeding habitats along the South Carolina coast.