Habitat Improvement Projects

PKY Habitat Restoration Projects

Through a partnership with the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society and Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuge, volunteers are working together with refuge staff to improve habitat on Pinckney Island NWR.


Several issues of concern are being addressed as related to habitat on Pinckney Island NWR. These issues are being discussed with Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges, Hilton Head Island Audubon, other interested parties, and specialists on certain management techniques, both commercial and government based.

Ibis Pond

Past hurricane damage has caused a decrease in the nesting structure for colonial nesting birds on Ibis Pond. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is looking at options to enhance the conditions on Ibis Pond. These options include improving embankments to prevent saltwater intrusion, deepening portions of the pond to improve variety of habitats, improving long term nesting by planting appropriate trees, and addressing short term nesting improvements by installing artificial nest structures. FWS is currently reviewing carefully all options and potential impacts.

Starr Pond

Starr Pond has experienced an overpopulation of a water plant called Frog-bit, which has formed a dense floating mat on the pond. The thickness of the mat has changed the quality of the pond environment and species diversity. It may also be affecting predator-prey dynamics. Various management techniques from manual, mechanical, chemical, and biological are being investigated. The options vary from using one method only to using several methods simultaneously.