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Conserving North Carolina's Coasts

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The Audubon North Carolina Coast Islands and Sanctuaries Program manages and protects over 30% of North Carolina's nesting coastal waterbirds and contributes to science that protects both breeding and non-breeding birds in the state year-round. This long-term commitment to these sites, and the partnerships with agencies and other organizations that are created and sustained by that work, are the foundation of our leadership role in coastal bird conservation in North Carolina.

The sanctuary program’s ongoing mission is to manage, monitor, and protect our sites using best practices and support partners in doing the same; provide meaningful data to agencies and policymakers; and lead and support research that generates new knowledge about coastal birds and the habitats they depend on. This work connects all of our other coast-related work: policy, planning, and advocacy for the sites and resources coastal birds need to face an uncertain climate future, and education and outreach that engages Audubon’s network and inspires individuals to support coastal conservation.

Sharing Our Ocean & Shores
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Sharing Our Ocean & Shores

Protecting coastal habitats for generations to come.

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Coast Islands and Sanctuary Program
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Coast Islands and 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

Sea Turtle Nesting Hits a New High on Lea-Hutaff Island
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Sea Turtle Nesting Hits a New High on Lea-Hutaff Island

An estimated 1,458 loggerhead hatchlings made it to the ocean this year, another record number for Lea-Hutaff Island.

Assessing How Shoreline Change Impacts Nesting Waterbirds
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Assessing How Shoreline Change Impacts Nesting Waterbirds

In certain areas along the shoreline in front of a Battery Island nesting colony, erosion is causing vegetation to die back. Here, we assess the extent of this shoreline change and determine how it may impact nesting waterbirds.

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

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