Friday, January 12, 2007

Noisette Creek

Audubon South Carolina continues to work with The Noisette Company and its Michaux Conservancy to restore Noisette Creek. Noisette Creek is located at the northern end of the former Charleston Navy Yard (later Charleston Naval Base) and drains into the Cooper River a relatively small area in the "neck" of the Charleston Peninsula.

Various groups and agencies are involved in the actual restoration process. Audubon South Carolina is creating bird survey and water quality testing protocols to be used by students from the nearby Charleston Academic Magnet High School. By collecting information on bird populations and water quality prior to the restoration of the marshes within the Noisette Creek watershed, students and Audubon South Carolina will be creating a baseline with which to evaluate the effects of the restoration efforts.

Yesterday, during a 1.5-hour visit, Audubon staff identified 22 bird species, including Hooded Mergansers, a Brown Pelican, a Common Yellowthroat, adult and juvenile Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Blue Herons, White Ibis, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, more than a dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers, Loggerhead Shrikes, Anhingas, Belted Kingfishers, Pied-billed Grebes, and a variety of common backyard birds.

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