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We've long been the Charleston Audubon Chapter and the Charleston Natural History Society. In a return to those roots (since 1905) our new web address will be at — please visit the new site for the latest news and program information.

This legacy site will be taken down in the near future.

Sad News

It is with heavy hearts that we bring the news that Dr. Paul Nolan, former CNHS Audubon president, board member, colleague, advisor, mentor and friend has passed away. Paul was involved with the chapter for many years and has touched so many lives in the Charleston academic and birding communities. Paul's research and passion for science took him to the literal ends of the Earth. Paul's dedication to mentoring and helping graduate students and young professionals was formative for many careers, including my own. Paul's impact on this chapter will never be forgotten and we will miss him terribly.
— CNHS President, Jen Tyrrell


Citadel Biology Professor Paul Nolan Has Passed Away
May 17, 2023

With very great sadness, the Citadel Biology Department must share the awful news that our esteemed colleague and good friend Dr. Paul Nolan has passed away. A celebration of his life will be held on campus in the Fall, so that students, faculty, and the community may gather to remember him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all his many friends and loved ones.

Paul joined our department in 2006. He taught and mentored so many students; he directed our graduate programs, and he served The Citadel, the Audubon Society, and mentored students from The College of Charleston Marine Biology and Environmental Studies graduate programs. He will be dearly missed.

Welcome to the Charleston, SC Audubon

We are the Charleston Natural History Society (CNHS)and  Charleston‘s Audubon society – a South Carolina chapter of the National Audubon Society since 1970. Founded as the Charleston Natural History Society in 1905, we serve Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. We are a nonprofit environmental organization that actively promotes awareness, appreciation and conservation of the natural environment through educational programs, field trips, conservation projects, sponsored research and social activities.

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National dues, our birdseed sale and Spring birdathon help our chapter operate, but we need your help to do more. Longleaf pine restoration at the McAlhany preserve, public outreach and support for conservation and environmental research and education are all valuable, and costly — and we encourage you to donate generously. Choose to give any amount you choose, donate securely through PayPal (no Paypal account required!) and rest assured that 100% of donations will be used to support the Charleston Audubon and Natural History Society Mission.

SIGN-UP NOW – Chapter News by eMail

As we take steps to reduce mailing costs and use less paper we're developing an email newsletter to keep members informed about lectures, fieldtrips, news and notes of interest. We will be greatly reducing the number of print newsletters we produce each year. Lowcountry birding and natural history notes and chapter news will be available through the web site, by email, and PDFs of the Lesser Squawk available online.

To receive emails, please sign up now!  Your information will remain private (i.e. all membership and contact information remains private and will never be sold or shared) and you unmaysubscribe at any time.

Chapter Bits + Briefs

Local membership is available by joining the National Audubon Society. Please visit our membership page online, or download a copy of our local newsletter, The Lesser Squawk, which always includes a membership application that you can cut-out and mail.

Don‘t miss our calendar page for information about our lecture series, fieldtrips and other Lowcountry events.

For over a year now we've been using a new chapter logo on our newsletters, signage and Facebook page. Designed for flexibility, we hope that this graphic can serve to identify our group for a long time to come. Different species of birds will be used in various contexts, and we hope to make the logo available to members – on t-shirts, decals, and possibly some other merchandise.

Click on the images below to see enlarged versions:
Charleston Audubon logo type 1    Charleston Audubon logo type 2    Charleston Audubon logo - black and white type 3

If you'd like to provide feedback – or if you'd particularly like to see the logo on a baseball cap, notecard or other item, please send us a note and let us know: .