White-Breasted Nuthatch Photo: Nick Saunders/Great Backyard Bird Count
With the greater Piedmont region of North Carolina expected to become hotter and drier in the future, an area centered around the state capital – Raleigh – may offer refuge from these changes. Located near Jordan Lake, Falls Lake and their associated river systems, this area’s climate may prove critical for deciduous forest birds as the coastal plain climate zone shifts inland. Protecting natural habitat in the rapidly growing greater Raleigh area, ensuring forests are managed in a bird-friendly way and growing native plants are key priorities for Audubon in this region.
Climate-threatened birds can be grouped according to the type of habitat that they prefer. This climate stronghold is likely to include suitable habitat and climate conditions for many birds threatened by climate change, including key birds listed below.
Government: National Park Service, National Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, North Carolina State Parks, Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina Forest Service, North Carolina Division of Soil & Water Conservation
National & State NGOs: The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, Conservation Trust for North Carolina
Local Land Trusts: Triangle Land Conservancy, Tar River Land Conservancy
Blue Ridge Mountains Photo: Akshay/Flickr CC
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