Birds and Science

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Science is what makes Audubon unique. Our methodology is leading the way in researching sound solutions for bird conservation. In this section, learn how Audubon NC is working to conserve birds and the habitats they call home.

Research on Our Coasts

American Oystercatcher Tracking Project

American Oystercatcher Tracking Project

Thanks to some very cool technology, you can take flight and share in the lives of six American Oystercatchers.

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A History of Success with Coastal Sanctuaries
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A History of Success with Coastal Sanctuaries

Take a peak behind the curtain and share in the secrets and successes of the coastal sanctuaries in North Carolina.

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Quest for Banded Birds: The 18-Year Journey of a Brown Pelican
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Quest for Banded Birds: The 18-Year Journey of a Brown Pelican

The oldest known Brown Pelican was 43. Bird banding research allows biologists to uncover data to help protect and conserve priority species throughout their life cycle.

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Research in the Piedmont

Golf Courses Provide a "Hole in One" for Brown-headed Nuthatches
Bird-Friendly Communities

Golf Courses Provide a "Hole in One" for Brown-headed Nuthatches

North Carolina golf courses are putting up another kind of nest box – this one for the Brown-headed Nuthatch, a North Carolina native.

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Studying Migrating Wood Thrush in North Carolina
Bird-Friendly Communities

Studying Migrating Wood Thrush in North Carolina

With small GPS units the size of a small backpack, researches can now track the migration path of the Wood Thrush to better understand where they spend the winter and how they get there.

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National Researchers Discuss Chimney Swift Conservation Methods
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National Researchers Discuss Chimney Swift Conservation Methods

For the first time, Chimney Swift experts from across the country will come together to discuss conservation methods to help protect this fragile species.

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Research in Our Mountains

A Successful Year Monitoring Golden-winged Warblers in North Carolina
Working Lands

A Successful Year Monitoring Golden-winged Warblers in North Carolina

For the North Carolina Audubon Golden-winged Warbler team, the 2013 field season has been a memorable one.

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GWWAWG BLOG SERIES: Collaborating for Protection of the Golden-winged Warbler
Working Lands

GWWAWG BLOG SERIES: Collaborating for Protection of the Golden-winged Warbler

In this series of blog posts, learn about all the work of the GWWA Working Group and what this collaborative effort has done to protect this tiny gem of our forests.

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A Guide to Fall Migration in the Mountains and Piedmont
Working Lands

A Guide to Fall Migration in the Mountains and Piedmont

Migration season has arrived, and NC’s mountain birds are on the move!

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News & Updates

Leading Conservation – Pine Island Sanctuary and Audubon Center
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Leading Conservation – Pine Island Sanctuary and Audubon Center

The 2,600-acre Sanctuary and Audubon Center in Corolla is a special place where birds, wildlife and a very diverse set of ecosystems continue to thrive. Make a donation to support the program.

Leading Conservation – Bird Friendly Communities
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Leading Conservation – Bird Friendly Communities

When Audubon raises its voice for the birds of North Carolina, people listen. It took only two years to create 10,000 new homes for nuthatches. Donate to support our next effort.

Leading Conservation – Working Lands
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Leading Conservation – Working Lands

We know the Golden-winged Warbler and Wood Thrush greatly benefit from connected habitats. One way we are solving this is through our Working Lands Initiative. Donate to support this program.

Bird-Friendly Forestry Training Increases Land Stewardship
Working Lands

Bird-Friendly Forestry Training Increases Land Stewardship

Outreach to private landowners is an important step in increasing land stewardship for our imperiled species. The Audubon staff works with partners to present the latest research and programs associated with the best forest management practices for birds.

Beach Nesting Season Off to a Great Start
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Beach Nesting Season Off to a Great Start

This summer, the Wrightsville Beach nesting colony has 349 Least Tern pairs, 123 Black Skimmer pairs, 14 Common Tern pairs and four oystercatcher pairs nesting on the beach.

Partnerships Advance Conservation at Grandfather Mountain State Park
Conservation

Partnerships Advance Conservation at Grandfather Mountain State Park

Through long-standing partnerships, many groups have contributed to the wealth of data collected at the Grandfather Mountain State Park and IBA.

Great Dismal Swamp IBA Offers Protection to Endangered Birds
Conservation

Great Dismal Swamp IBA Offers Protection to Endangered Birds

Visiting the Dismal Swamp State Park can help researchers understand the birds of the Great Dismal Swamp IBA and continue to protect the priority forest block.

Hardening North Carolina’s Coast Is Not the Answer for Birds or Taxpayers
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Hardening North Carolina’s Coast Is Not the Answer for Birds or Taxpayers

Keeping limits on terminal groins and other hardened structures in place can ensure that we don’t destroy the wild and scenic attributes that make our coast so special.

Growing Clean Energy to Protect North Carolina’s Birds
Conservation

Growing Clean Energy to Protect North Carolina’s Birds

During the 2016 Legislative Session, Audubon NC is working with lawmakers to support clean energy policies to reduce the long-term climate threat to birds.

A Win-Win for Research and Conservation
Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. Sanctuary And Audubon Center In Corolla

A Win-Win for Research and Conservation

Mark Stanback, PhD, Davidson College Professor of Biology chose the Sanctuary for his latest monitoring project. Learn how he's compiling data from Tree Swallow nest boxes.

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