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Shorebird Habitat Characterization Data: Benthic community, elevation, and substrate

About the project

Through a 2020 catalyst project, staff from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources worked with ACE Basin NERR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to fill a critical gap in understanding piping plover needs by quantifying foraging habitat characteristics of this declining shorebird species and developing a habitat assessment tool to inform state and federal permitting and habitat management activities.

About this resource

These data were collected between March 2021 and May 2021 in South Carolina to characterize piping plover and red knot habitat.

The dataset description outlines the parameters measured, locations studied, and the data file format for the three datasets generated by the project:

  1. Piping Plover Benthic Habitat Characterization
  2. Piping Plover Fecal Analysis Summary
  3. UAV imagery to Understand Piping Plover Habitat Spatial Distribution and Relationships

Data access

The UAV imagery is accessible at the data request link to the top right. The benthic habitat characterization and fecal analysis summary datasets are under a two-year embargo to allow authors to publish the results. Data will be made available at this site by November 2024.

In the meantime, please direct any questions to Andrew Tweel (