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Conserving North Carolina's Coasts

Photo: Lindsay Addison

The Coastal Program takes a full life-cycle approach to the conservation of birds living on the coast by focusing on the protection of key sites and habitats that shore-dependent birds require at critical points in their annual cycle. The program combines local community engagement, the best available science and proven, site-based conservation methods to stabilize and recover populations of coastal birds.

The cumulative effect of full life-cycle conservation will be to recover declining populations, achieve no net loss of habitat and stabilize populations by 2030.

Sharing Our Ocean & Shores
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Sharing Our Ocean & Shores

Protecting coastal habitats for generations to come.

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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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Beach Nesting Season Off to a Great Start
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Beach Nesting Season Off to a Great Start

This summer, the Wrightsville Beach nesting colony has 349 Least Tern pairs, 123 Black Skimmer pairs, 14 Common Tern pairs and four oystercatcher pairs nesting on the beach.

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2017 Waterbird Nesting Season Recap
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2017 Waterbird Nesting Season Recap

This year the Lower Cape Fear River sites hosted about 20% of the state’s Great Egrets and Brown Pelicans, over 25% of its Royal Terns, and just over 78% of its White Ibis -- one of the largest concentrations of nesting waterbirds in the state.

Oystercatcher Banding Leads to Big Find
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Oystercatcher Banding Leads to Big Find

Oystercatcher banding is a regular management practice - but rarely does it result in finding a 17+ year-old bird!

A Look Back at Nesting Season on the South End of Wrightsville Beach
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A Look Back at Nesting Season at the South End of Wrightsville Beach

Junior Bird Steward Jackson Travis will always remember his summer as a bird savior, and other reflections.

Seeking a Better Approach to Erosion on Ocean Isle Beach
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Seeking a Better Approach to Erosion on Ocean Isle Beach

Ocean Isle Beach's proposed terminal groin project would be devastating to an area that has long been a haven for boaters, families, and wildlife. Today, Audubon North Carolina challenged this project in federal court.

Vegetation Management on the Cape Fear River Pays Off
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Vegetation Management on the Cape Fear River Pays Off

Through tilling and herbicide treatment, Audubon NC was able to transform these jungle-like islands into ideal open sand nesting grounds for oystercatchers and terns.

Wainwright Island Gets New Sand... and Birds!
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Wainwright Island Gets New Sand... and Birds!

Manmade dredged-material islands are vital for the state’s populations of Royal and Sandwich terns.

2017 Summer Biological Technicians
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2017 Summer Biological Technicians

These biological technicians are instrumental in preserving the delicate, waning habitat on the beaches, marshes, and sanctuary islands on the North Carolina coast.

Posting Sites for the 2017 Coastal Nesting Season
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Posting Sites for the 2017 Coastal Nesting Season

Working to protect nesting birds at coastal posting sites from human disturbance

Keep Our Rivers a Haven for Birds and People
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Keep Our Rivers a Haven for Birds and People

Learn how you can help keep our rivers a haven for important bird species like pelicans, ibis, wading birds, and terns; especially during nesting season!

What Is a Census?
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What Is a Census?

Since the first North Carolina Colonial Waterbird census was taken in 1977, technology has drastically improved, but its basic mission of bird conservation has stayed true.

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