Final performance report South Carolina state wildlife grant SC-T-F19AF00749 South Carolina Department of Natural Resources award period : October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2022

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Kendrick, Michael
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Sasson, Daniel
Brunson, Jeffrey
Scott, Elizabeth
Kingsley-Smith, Peter
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2023-01-23
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Limulus polyphemus--South Carolina , Habitat surveys--South Carolina , Migratory birds--South Carolina , Shore birds--South Carolina
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Determining the relative importance of coastal habitat types to Horseshoe Crab reproduction and migratory shorebird foraging in South Carolina
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The objectives of this report were: 1. Document the range of habitat types (e.g. sandy beach, shelly beach, marsh) used by spawning Horseshoe Crabs; 2. Identify significant Horseshoe Crab habitat by quantifying Horseshoe Crab egg development (and thus quality of habitat for Horseshoe Crabs) across each habitat type; 3. Spatially compare significant Horseshoe Crab spawning habitat with areas suitable for foraging shorebirds to quantify the proportion of Horseshoe Crab spawning habitats that are used by migratory shorebirds, representing a critical nexus of these species.
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South Carolina State Library
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Copyright status determined to be in the public domain on April 27, 2020 by United States Supreme Court ruling (Georgia et al., Petitioners v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc. : 590 U.S.__(2020))
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