Conservation

Leading protection for birds and their habitats

Photo: Lindsay Addison

Audubon implements five strategic initiatives to further the protection of all birds, with an emphasis on our most threatened birds, across North Carolina.  As part of the Atlantic Flyway, North Carolina is an important location for birds that need specific habitats to safely breed, rest and migrate. Our five initiatives hone in on providing that safety and the habitat resources that our 473 bird species need to thrive. Our geographic diversity allows for an equally wonderful diversity of bird species that can be found in our state. Audubon North Carolina takes its responsibility for the protection of all birds seriously, basing our programs on sound science and engaging our vast network of supporters and partners to enact preservation where it is needed most. Learn more about our five strategic conservation initiatives.

North Carolina’s Climate Initiative

Saving North Carolina's Climate Threatened Birds
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Saving North Carolina's Climate Threatened Birds

Learn about 13 climate-threatened species in North Carolina, and see how we are working to help them survive and thrive.

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Climate Threatened Birds Need Your Help – Act Now
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Climate Threatened Birds Need Your Help – Act Now

Make a difference for our birds. Pledge to take action against climate change in North Carolina.

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Shaping a Healthy Climate and Clean Energy Future
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Shaping a Healthy Climate and Clean Energy Future

Creating science-based policies protecting our forests, wetlands, rivers, coast and other important areas.

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Bird-Friendly Communities

Creating Bird-Friendly Communities
Bird-Friendly Communities

Creating Bird-Friendly Communities

Bringing conservation efforts on where most people live – in cities and towns.

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Make A Little Room for the Brown-headed Nuthatch
Bird-Friendly Communities

Make A Little Room for the Brown-headed Nuthatch

The Brown-headed Nuthatch, a southern bird born and bred, needs your help to find a good home.

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Find Bird-Friendly Native Plants Retailers
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Find Bird-Friendly Native Plants Retailers

Find a retailer near you that carries the Native Plants of the Year

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Lights Out North Carolina
Bird-Friendly Communities

Lights Out North Carolina

Each morning, volunteers walk the city streets collecting and documenting bird species killed by collisions with specific buildings.

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Bird-Friendly Families
Bird-Friendly Communities

Bird-Friendly Families

There are many opportunities to make your home a more bird-friendly environment and to bring your kids along for the journey.

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Saving Important Bird Areas

Saving Important Bird Areas
Important Bird Areas

Saving Important Bird Areas

Saving our Important Bird Areas (IBA) is a strategic initiative serving as a conservation blueprint identifying areas that are of critical importance to priority bird species. 

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Explore the Important Bird Areas of North Carolina
Important Bird Areas

Explore the Important Bird Areas of North Carolina

Audubon North Carolina has released a new edition of Important Bird Areas of North Carolina, a full-color publication with detailed descriptions of North Carolina’s most critical bird habitats. 

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Adopt an Important Bird Area
Important Bird Areas

Adopt an Important Bird Area

Want to get involved in an exciting citizen science project? Read more about how you can help monitor North Carolina's irreplaceable bird habitats.

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Sharing Our Seas and Shores

Coastal Islands Sanctuary Program
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Coastal Islands Sanctuary Program

For more than 25 years, Audubon’s Coastal Island Sanctuary Program has been a model for conservation along the Atlantic Flyway.

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Share the beach
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Share the beach

A day at the beach is a vacation for most people. Residents and tourists alike travel to North Carolina beaches throughout the year to swim, fish or just stroll down the strand.

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American Oystercatcher Research 2010-2016
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American Oystercatcher Research 2010-2016

This fine bird is most striking in appearance and exceedingly conspicuous.

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Putting Working Lands to Work for Birds and People

Putting Working Lands to Work for Birds and People
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Putting Working Lands to Work for Birds and People

Audubon is partnering with landowners to make working lands benefit birds, people and communities, focusing on forests, agricultural lands, and grasslands and ranchlands.

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GWWAWG BLOG SERIES: Collaborating for Protection of the Golden-winged Warbler
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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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What is "Treasure Highlands"? The July Important Bird Area of the Month
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What is "Treasure Highlands"? The July Important Bird Area of the Month

The Treasure Highlands project seeks to provide easy to access information about our partners, opportunities to volunteer, attend programs, take pare in citizen science projects, and take action.

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Latest Conservation Posts

Environmental Stewards from the Start
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Environmental Stewards from the Start

Conservationists Mark and Robin Prak work to ensure we "leave things in the same or better shape than we found them.”

Audubon Projects for Scouts – Our Birds Need YOU!
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Audubon Projects for Scouts – Our Birds Need YOU!

Calling all scouts looking for projects – from troop volunteer opportunities to Eagle Scout and Gold Award projects!

Your Morning Coffee Can Now Support Birds
Eco-Friendly Habitat Management

Your Morning Coffee Can Now Support Birds

“Shade Grown Coffee Supports Migratory Birds” is the new badge of honor for local coffee shops and roasters in Asheville and soon, across the state of North Carolina.

How We Made an Impact in 2016
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How We Made an Impact in 2016

550 volunteers, 3000 coastal birds, 130 private landowners: this is how Audubon North Carolina made a big impact on birds, wildlife, and human beings in 2016.

A Native North Carolinian’s Lasting Legacy
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A Native North Carolinian’s Lasting Legacy

Conservationist Michelle Leonard likes to leave our precious North Carolina land a little better than she found it.

Fifth-Grade Junior Engineers Help the Brown-headed Nuthatch
Bird-Friendly Communities

Fifth-Grade Junior Engineers Help the Brown-headed Nuthatch

The Brown-headed Nuthatch is getting a little help from some young friends in Mooresville.

Warwick Mill Bay is Forever Protected for Wildlife Preservation
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Warwick Mill Bay is Forever Protected for Wildlife Preservation

Nonprofits Band Together to Preserve One of North Carolina’s Last Undisturbed Bays

Request a Speaker
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Request a Speaker

Would you like an Audubon representative to speak at your next event? Request a speaker.

Get Your Birdiful Wheel
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Get Your Birdiful Wheel

Order the Birdiful Wheel poster to bring more bird-friendly activities to your membership.

Become an Audubon Ambassador
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Become an Audubon Ambassador

Learn how you can become an Audubon Ambassador today!

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