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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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Coastal Birds: Your Top Questions, Answered
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Coastal Birds: Your Top Questions, Answered

We hope these FAQs on coastal birds will help you find the birds you most wish to see, better support birds during nesting and migration season, and more!

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Latest Coast Posts

Nest Watch in 360: Pelicans, Terns and Ibis
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Watch the Action: Cape Fear River Nesting Season

Experience a literal bird’s eye view of nesting season on the Lower Cape Fear River sanctuary islands in our new series of interactive 360-degree videos!

Priority Bird Profile: Piping Plovers
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Priority Bird Profile: Piping Plovers

North Carolina is the only state where Piping Plovers are found as both breeding and wintering birds – meaning they inhabit the coast year-round! Learn where to find them, how to help them, and more in this Priority Bird Profile: Piping Plovers.

UNC-W Student Studies Oyster Health on the Lower Cape Fear River
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UNC-W Student Studies Oyster Health on the Lower Cape Fear River

Alexis Marti is a master’s student at UNC-W. She is working with her advisor, Troy Alphin, to assess oyster health on the Lower Cape Fear River as part of Audubon North Carolina’s oyster reef enhancement project.

American Oystercatcher Winter Census Flies Over North Carolina
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American Oystercatcher Winter Census Flies Over North Carolina

Audubon North Carolina and fellow members of the American Oystercatcher Working Group conducted the third range-wide winter survey for oystercatchers.

Priority Bird Profile: American Oystercatchers
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Priority Bird Profile: American Oystercatchers

American Oystercatchers are one of the focal species of our coastal work, and one of North Carolina's more recognizable beach nesting birds. Here's where you can find it, how you can help it, and why it matters!

Where Do Pelicans Go in the Winter?
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Where Do Pelicans Go in the Winter?

While 8,000-10,000 adults inhabit the state during the spring and summer nesting months, our population of Brown Pelicans dips as most head south in the fall.

Coastal Birds: Your Top Questions, Answered
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Coastal Birds: Your Top Questions, Answered

We hope these FAQs on coastal birds will help you find the birds you most wish to see, better support birds during nesting and migration season, and more!

What Happens to Pelicans When It Freezes?
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What Happens to Pelicans When It Freezes?

While most of North Carolina’s Brown Pelicans migrate south, some remain in the state throughout the (typically milder) coastal winter. When temperatures dip below freezing, however, it's important to know how to help birds in need.

Oyster Reef Project Underway on the Lower Cape Fear River
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Oyster Reef Project Underway on the Lower Cape Fear River

This fall saw the start of Audubon North Carolina’s latest coastal project, an effort to restore oyster reefs on the Lower Cape Fear River.

A Partnership to Protect over 50,000 birds Along the Cape Fear River
Eco-Friendly Habitat Management

A Partnership to Protect over 50,000 birds along the Cape Fear River

Funding from The Orton Foundation will allow Audubon to manage eight islands on the Cape Fear River with the goal of increasing nesting pairs and populations.

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