SCDNR Wading Bird Program

News Releases


Wood Stork NestChristy Hand
Wildlife Biologist
SCDNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division
585 Donnelley Drive
Green Pond, SC 29446

Kristin Brunk
Seasonal Technician

Report a Banded or Tagged Wading Bird

Researchers have placed metal bands, colored bands with engraved numbers and/or letters, wing tags, radio transmitters, and satellite transmitters on a small number of wading birds. We are interested in any sightings of marked birds. This information helps us to learn about the movement patterns and life spans of wading birds. More information about the purpose of banding birds can be found at the Bird Banding Lab website.

Banded Wood Stork - Photo By Christy HandTagged Great Egret - Photo By Alan WormingtonIf you see a live bird with an engraved color band, we would appreciate it if you could attempt to read the numbers/letters on the band or tag. Please also record the species of the bird, the color of the band or tag, the color of the letters, which leg that band was attached to, and the location of the bird. Please send the information to and report your sighting to the Bird Banding Lab. Photographs of the bird and the band are also very helpful. Additional examples of banded wading birds are available in the photo gallery.

If you find a dead bird of any species wearing a metal band, please report the band number to the Bird Banding Lab or by calling 1-800-327-BAND (2263).

Report a Wading Bird Colony

Although the majority of the wading bird colonies in the coastal area of the state are known and regularly surveyed by SCDNR, you may know of a colony that we have not surveyed. You can help the program by reporting colonies. If you would like to report a colony, please email a description including the species present, the location (the nearest roads, town, and GPS coordinates if possible – Do Not Enter The Colony – Google Earth can be used to generate coordinates), and the years the colony has been active to

Because many wading bird colonies are located on private land and we respect the privacy of the landowners, we are not able to post a detailed map of the known colonies on our website.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers may be able to assist the Wading Bird Program in the future (nest monitoring, colony surveying, data entry and/or database design). Please send an email to for more information about volunteering.

Current volunteers can enter their hours using the Volunteer Contribution Page