The good news about oystercatcher populations holding steady and increasing slightly over the past four years has gotten some attention in the press. The Charleston Post and Courrier has an article about the surveys, highlighting Shuckester (a.k.a. CFX) and the good work the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is doing to protect wintering oystercatchers in the state.
South Carolina supports a third or so of the entire Atlantic population of oystercatchers, so recognition and support of the state’s work is well-deserved for many reasons. As South Carolina DNR biologist Felicia Sanders states in the article, “These birds are kind of an umbrella species,” Sanders said. “So if you help oystercatchers you really are helping a lot of species.”