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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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How Banding Supports Bird Conservation Science

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Share Your Holiday with Shorebirds

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Audubon NC Reminds Memorial Day Beachgoers to Share the Beach
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Audubon NC Reminds Memorial Day Beachgoers to Share the Beach

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Quest for Banded Birds: The 18-Year Journey of a Brown Pelican
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Quest for Banded Birds: The 18-Year Journey of a Brown Pelican

The oldest known Brown Pelican was 43. Bird banding research allows biologists to uncover data to help protect and conserve priority species throughout their life cycle.

Quest for Banded Birds: A Red Knot from Chile to the Carolinas
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Quest for Banded Birds: A Red Knot from Chile to the Carolinas

Learn about the data discovered by a Red Knot banded in Bahia Lomas, Chile.

Help Audubon Track Pink Banded Piping Plovers
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Help Audubon Track Pink Banded Piping Plovers

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Quest for Banded Birds: The Next Generation of American Oystercatchers
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Quest for Banded Birds: The Next Generation of American Oystercatchers

Follow the life of an oystercatcher banded on Champagne Island in Cape May County, NJ in 2007 when it was just a chick.

Quest for Banded Birds: A Wintering Piping Plover
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Quest for Banded Birds: A Wintering Piping Plover

This banded Piping Plover is part of the endangered Great Lakes population, which consists of around 70 breeding pairs and their offspring. During 2014, it wintered at Rich Inlet.

Quest for Banded Birds: An Opportunistic Least Tern
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Quest for Banded Birds: An Opportunistic Least Tern

Meet a Least Tern banded as an adult on Cape Lookout National Seashore in the summer of 2010. It later reappeared on the south end of Wrightsville Beach.

Quest for Banded Birds: A Long Journey for a Tern and its Fledgling
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Quest for Banded Birds: A Long Journey for a Tern and its Fledgling

A banded Sandwich Tern was spotted at the south end of Wrightsville Beach. Learn how banding birds like this supports bird conservation science .

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