Conservation

Important Bird Areas

Photo: Ida Phillips

Audubon North Carolina has identified 96 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in North Carolina comprising 4.9 million acres. These are places that provide essential habitat for one or more species of birds at some time during their annual cycle of breeding, migrating or wintering. Nearly all of North Carolina's IBAs include public lands,  land trust conservation lands, and land owned or managed by private citizens. The IBA program is not a regulatory initiative and places no restriction on land use or activities. Audubon staff work with managers of IBAs to support bird and habitat monitoring, habitat management, and education and advocacy efforts focused on birds. Virtually every conservation planning entity in the state recognizes that IBAs are priority sites for long-term protection. The IBA program has become a dynamic "blueprint for conservation" in North Carolina.

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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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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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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We focus on where conservation actions are possible, and where protections can be secured, habitats restored or threats reduced.

Learn More About Some NC Important Bird Areas

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Warwick Mill Bay is Forever Protected for Wildlife Preservation
Conservation

Warwick Mill Bay is Forever Protected for Wildlife Preservation

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

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.

Elk Knob State Park Hosts Golden-winged Warbler Research
Important Bird Areas

Elk Knob State Park Hosts Golden-winged Warbler Research

Where the Amphibolites IBA overlaps with the Elk Knob State Park, land provides public access to rare Golden-winged Warblers.

State Parks and Important Bird Areas Offer Protection for NC Birds
Important Bird Areas

State Parks and Important Bird Areas Offer Protection for NC Birds

We're joining the centennial celebration! See how the NC State Parks system overlaps with our Important Bird Areas to help protect NC birds across the state.

Connect NC Bond – What’s In It for the Birds?
Advocacy

Connect NC Bond – What’s In It for the Birds?

On March 15, the $2 Billion Connect NC Bond will appear on the March 15 primary ballot - a measure that would offer protection and expansion of areas that benefit many of the birds we care about.

Important Bird Areas in NC
Important Bird Areas

Important Bird Areas in NC

Audubon NC has released its 2011 eBook of North Carolina's Important Bird Areas.

Wintering with Warblers in Nicaragua
Working Lands

Wintering with Warblers in Nicaragua

Early this year, Curtis Smalling visited our partners in Nicaragua to continue work to study Golden-winged Warblers and protect their wintering habitats.

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