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Development of a seabird colony atlas for the southeastern US


January 2013 - December 2013


There is no current atlas or database of seabird nesting sites for the entire southeastern U.S. (NC, SC, GA, Atlantic Florida). The Deepwater Horizon oil spill highlighted the critical need for such a product in each coastal region of the U.S. An atlas also would be valuable for marine spatial planning issues including but not limited to sighting wind turbines, scheduling and sighting sand-dredging and beach nourishment operations, managing recreation and access, and land/marine conservation planning. Therefore, our objective is to develop a register (data, meta-data) and atlas (spatial inventory) of colony sites used by breeding seabirds throughout the study area. The register and atlas will be available on-line and would also serve as the foundation for future development of a dynamic and continuing database that would support the R4 Inventory & Monitoring Network.

Research Products and Activities


  • Ferguson, L., Y. Satge, J. Tavano, P.G.R. Jodice. 2016. Seabird Colony Registry and Atlas: South Carolina, Georgia, northern Florida. The Waterbird Society, New Bern, North Carolina. [Poster]

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 10

Scientific Publications: 38

Presentations: 167



Funding Agencies

  • Quick Response


South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Clemson University
  2. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute