WILDLIFE ON KIAWAH ISLAND

 WILDLIFE RESEARCH ON KIAWAH ISLAND

The Town of Kiawah Island takes a very active role in researching and managing the natural resources on the island.  To this end, the Town has 2 full time biologists that spend almost half their time conducting research projects.  Since 2004, the Kiawah Conservancy has been instrumental in providing funding for a variety of research projects designed to better understand and manage the wildlife species on the island and their habitat.  
 
 
Bobcat GPS Study
 
This study began in 2007 and is ongoing.  A total of 58 bobcats (5 in 2007, 8 in 2008, 10 in 2009, 6 in 2010, 8 in 2011, 9 in 2012, 6 in 2013, and 6 in 2014) have been captured and fitted with GPS collars during this project.  Location data from collars is analyzed and the information is used to help make better decisions on how to manage bobcats and their habitat on the island.  Recommendations and suggestions can be found in the Kiawah Island Bobcat Management Guidelines which focuses on creation, preservation, and improvement of habitat to benefit bobcats. For more details on this study, click here.  
 
Additional Research Projects and Information
Predator Prey Ecology Study
Bobcat Ecology Study
Town of Kiawah Island Wildlife Reports Archive
DVD Library of wildlife presentations from the Kiawah Conservancy
Bird Research Program

The Town of Kiawah Island, with support from the Kiawah Conservancy, initiated an island-wide bird monitoring and research program in 2009.  The program includes 6 main components: seasonal point-counts, seasonal bird banding, annual marsh bird survey, an annual nightjar survey, an annual breeding bird survey, and beach bird nest monitoring.  
 
 
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Bird Banding
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Bird Monitoring Proposal
Summer Point Counts
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NEW  Photo Gallery
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2009 and 2010 Location Data
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Bobcat GPS Video
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2011 Location Data
Hooded warbler
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2013 Location Data
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2012 Location Data 
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Find out more about bird and other wildlife surveys
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Photo Gallery
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Learn more about Bobcats
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Town of Kiawah Island
21 Beachwalker Drive
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
(843) 768-9166
Email a Town Biologist
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2014 Location Data