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

Bull Creek IBA
Important Bird Areas

Bull Creek IBA

If the unforgettable Cerulean Warbler is on your must-see list of birds, then a visit to the Bull Creek Important Bird Area should be on your list for a visit this spring.

Lea-Hutaff Island IBA
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Lea-Hutaff Island IBA

One of the NC's few undeveloped barrier islands, Lea-Hutaff Island is a haven for wildlife.

Amphibolite Mountains IBA
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Amphibolite Mountains IBA

Tucked away in the northwestern corner of the state near Boone and the Tennessee line is a mountain range with an unusual name and a stunning landscape that attracts birders, hikers, and mountain lovers

Currituck Marshes-Pine Island IBA
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Currituck Marshes-Pine Island IBA

Under the soft green canopy of live oaks, in the rustling grasses of Currituck Sound, and in freshwater pools teeming with birdlife, change is underway at the Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary.

Pungo-Pocosin Lakes IBA
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Pungo-Pocosin Lakes IBA

The natural diversity of the North Carolina landscape supports an equally diverse assemblage of birds.

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.

Lea Island and Hutaff Island
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Lea Island and Hutaff Island

Located north of Wilmington, between Figure Eight Island and Topsail Island, Lea-Hutaff Island is a 5,641-acre undeveloped barrier island and marsh system that has remained undisturbed by development.

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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