The Facility

The 152-acre Avian Conservation Center site is surrounded by the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the Francis Marion National Forest. It is easily accessible from U.S. Highway 17.

The property is functionally divided into two tracts: one open to the public for educational purposes and the other designated for avian medicine and research with access limited to staff, researchers, students and interns. 

Avian Medical Clinic and the South Carolina Oiled Bird Treatment Facility
The Center’s 7000 square-foot Avian Medical Center and Oiled Bird Treatment Facility is designed and equipped to provide the highest quality medical care available for injured or orphaned birds of prey and shorebirds on a daily basis. The only one of its kind on the East Coast, the expanded facility will provide the most efficient response possible in the event of a contaminant spill affecting native bird populations and their fragile breading habitats along the South Atlantic coast.

Along with its principal objective of serving a substantial portion of the South Atlantic coastal region in the event of a contaminant spill emergency, the Center also plays a vital role in creating ongoing awareness of the ecological impacts of a spill and the proactive measures available to reduce the likelihood of such an event. The facility is also used as a training facility for personnel involved in avian medicine for wild birds and contaminant spill response activities.

Education, Science and Conservation
On-site and outreach educational programs incorporate standards-based instruction for elementary, intermediate and high school students. Particular emphasis has been placed on developing multi-disciplined undergraduate and graduate level instruction. Hands-on experience and internships are available on a limited basis for students at undergraduate and graduate levels. Instruction and training are also available for educators, scholars, natural resource professionals, veterinarians and other professionals.

Display/Public Area
A portion of the Center's site is available to the general public for educational purposes. Visitors can enjoy a natural setting in which to observe many species of birds of prey. The property includes two flying fields where birds are presented in free flight, a compelling and profound learning experience.

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Injured Birds or Sightings

Call the Center immediately
at (843) 971-7474 to report it.

When you find an injured bird of prey or shorebird, your quick response may save its life. For complete instructions, see handling the injured bird.

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Upcoming Events

For more details about any of these activities, please see our Events page.

  • Southeastern Wildlife Exposition - February 13 - 15
  • New Volunteer Staff Orientation and Injured Bird Transport Workshop - March 1
  • Grand Re-Opening - March 7
  • International Migratory Bird Day - May 9
  • International Vulture Awareness Day - September 5
  • Pollinators' Week with the Birds and Bees - June 18 - 20
  • Migration to Memminger, Annual Gala - October 15
  • Owls in the Moonlight - March 5, July 30, November 5
  • Photography Day - March 8, April 19, May 10, November 8, 
  • December 13
  • Painted Bunting Bird Walk - May 2 and 16, June 6 and 13
  • Native Birds of South Carolina Bird Walk - July 11 and 25, August 1 and 15

For more details about any of the above activities, please see our Events page.

Hours & Location

The Center for Birds of Prey
4719 Highway 17N
Awendaw, SC 29429
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We are Open to the Public
Thurs. – Sat.: 10a.m. – 5p.m.
Tour Times: 10:30a.m. & 2:00p.m.

Buy Tickets Online
or call (800) 979-3370

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1247
Charleston, SC 29402

Phone: 843.971.7474
Fax: 843.971.7029