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The Avian Conservation Center

For more than 25 years the Avian Conservation Center has worked to identify and address vital environmental issues through avian medicine, research, education programs, and conservation initiatives. The Center has three primary operating departments that work together to support this goal: the Center for Birds of Prey, the Avian Medical Clinic, and the South Carolina Oiled Bird Treatment Facility.


The Center is located just 16 miles north of downtown Charleston in Awendaw, which is part of the Bulls Bay Historic Passage, a relatively undeveloped and pristine natural area that includes parts of Cape  Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion State Forest. The Center’s large public facility, aptly named Wingswood, allows visitors the opportunity to experience birds of prey in a natural setting and to learn more about avian science and environmental conservation. The Center’s public facility is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays allowing visitors access to one of the nation’s largest and most diverse collections of live birds of prey including eagles, owls, falcons, and more!


Since its beginning in 1991, the Center has relied on Volunteer Staff to assist in carrying out its mission of providing medical treatment for injured birds, presenting educational programs to thousands of individuals each year, and conducting avian research and field studies. Our volunteers are as integral to our operations as are the birds themselves. It is only through the sharing of their time, experience, and passion for conservation that we are able to further our mission.

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