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Abandoned railroad proposed for SC bird habitat

Mar 14, 2011 9:45:00 AM - thestate.com
A conservation group in Beaufort County has proposed using 10 miles of an old railroad right-of-way as a station for tropical migratory birds passing along the South Carolina coast.

Joe Hamilton with the Trust for Natural Wildlife Habitats told The Beaufort Gazette the old railroad is great habitat for birds such as indigo and painted buntings that need shrubby, grassy areas for nests and feeding.

Rapid development along the coast has reduced the number of available areas for the birds.

The 150-foot wide corridor runs from Port Royal to Yemassee. The land was bought two years ago by the Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority, which planned to run pipes through the property.

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