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Conserving North Carolina's Coasts

Photo: Lindsay Addison

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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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.

Habitat Management for the Cape Fear River Dredge Islands
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Habitat Management for the Cape Fear River Dredge Islands

Coastal habitat management aims to protect Cape Fear River terns

Upward Trends for NC's American Oystercatcher and Wilson’s Plover
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Upward Trends for NC's American Oystercatcher and Wilson’s Plover

Counting birds - it's not as easy as it looks! Audubon Researchers collected and analyzed census data about the American Oystercatcher and Wilson's Plover to get a better sense of the big picture when it comes to protecting these beautiful birds.

2016 Piping Plovers Year in Review
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2016 Piping Plovers Year in Review

Since Piping Plovers inhabit the state year-round, conservation organizations work to protect them throughout the year.

Lea-Hutaff Island Offers Sanctuary for Nesting Sea Turtles
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Lea-Hutaff Island Offers Sanctuary for Nesting Sea Turtles

Audubon NC staff contribute to monitoring and habitat management that benefits sea turtle conservation on Lea-Hutaff Island.

Audubon North Carolina Takes Action for Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Audubon North Carolina Takes Action for Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Thank you to everyone who took action on behalf of Piping Plovers, Red Knots and other imperiled birds at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Resighting Migrant Birds Supports Citizen Science
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Resighting Migrant Birds Supports Citizen Science

Learn how resighting bands helps Audubon North Carolina track American Oystercatcher populations on our coast.

Coastal Habitats Support Growing Chicks
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Coastal Habitats Support Growing Chicks

Audubon-managed sanctuary sites support about one-third of the coastal waterbirds that nest in the state. Protecting these sites are essential to maintaining healthy populations of coastal birds.

Help Save Endangered Piping Plovers at North Carolina’s Rich Inlet
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Help Save Endangered Piping Plovers at North Carolina’s Rich Inlet

We need YOUR help to stop the construction of this terminal groin once and for all. Urge the Army Corps to Save Rich Inlet.

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