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

Important Bird Area Posts

Beacon Island IBA
Important Bird Areas

Beacon Island IBA

Beacon Island IBA is a rich habitat for the Brown Pelican and other nesting birds. 

New River Corridor IBA
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New River Corridor IBA

The New River Corridor Important Bird Area is thought to be the oldest river system in North America.

Masonboro Island IBA
Important Bird Areas

Masonboro Island IBA

Masonboro Island's 4,831 acres are one of the few remaining undeveloped and relatively undisturbed barrier islands along North Carolina’s coast.

Grandfather Mountain IBA
Important Bird Areas

Grandfather Mountain IBA

Grandfather Mountain Important Bird Area is one of the most diverse breeding grounds for birds in North Carolina and probably the second highest in the US.

Highlands Plateau IBA
Important Bird Areas

Highlands Plateau IBA

Escape to the misty North Carolina mountains of the Highlands Plateau IBA.

Bald Head - Smith Island IBA
Important Bird Areas

Bald Head - Smith Island IBA

Learn more about the over 10,000 acres of protected North Carolina habitat.

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