Conservation

Leading protection for birds and their habitats

Photo: Lindsay Addison

Audubon implements five strategic initiatives to further the protection of all birds, with an emphasis on our most threatened birds, across North Carolina.  As part of the Atlantic Flyway, North Carolina is an important location for birds that need specific habitats to safely breed, rest and migrate. Our five initiatives hone in on providing that safety and the habitat resources that our 473 bird species need to thrive. Our geographic diversity allows for an equally wonderful diversity of bird species that can be found in our state. Audubon North Carolina takes its responsibility for the protection of all birds seriously, basing our programs on sound science and engaging our vast network of supporters and partners to enact preservation where it is needed most. Learn more about our five strategic conservation initiatives.

North Carolina’s Climate Initiative

Saving North Carolina's Climate Threatened Birds
Climate

Saving North Carolina's Climate Threatened Birds

Learn about 13 climate-threatened species in North Carolina, and see how we are working to help them survive and thrive.

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Climate Threatened Birds Need Your Help – Act Now
Climate

Climate Threatened Birds Need Your Help – Act Now

Make a difference for our birds. Pledge to take action against climate change in North Carolina.

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Shaping a Healthy Climate and Clean Energy Future
Climate

Shaping a Healthy Climate and Clean Energy Future

Creating science-based policies protecting our forests, wetlands, rivers, coast and other important areas.

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Bird-Friendly Communities

Creating Bird-Friendly Communities
Bird-Friendly Communities

Creating Bird-Friendly Communities

Bringing conservation efforts on where most people live – in cities and towns.

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Make A Little Room for the Brown-headed Nuthatch
Bird-Friendly Communities

Make A Little Room for the Brown-headed Nuthatch

The Brown-headed Nuthatch, a southern bird born and bred, needs your help to find a good home.

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Find Bird-Friendly Native Plants Retailers
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Find Bird-Friendly Native Plants Retailers

Find a retailer near you that carries the Native Plants of the Year

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Lights Out North Carolina
Bird-Friendly Communities

Lights Out North Carolina

Each morning, volunteers walk the city streets collecting and documenting bird species killed by collisions with specific buildings.

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Bird-Friendly Families
Bird-Friendly Communities

Bird-Friendly Families

There are many opportunities to make your home a more bird-friendly environment and to bring your kids along for the journey.

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Saving Important Bird Areas

Saving Important Bird Areas
Important Bird Areas

Saving Important Bird Areas

Saving our Important Bird Areas (IBA) is a strategic initiative serving as a conservation blueprint identifying areas that are of critical importance to priority bird species. 

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Explore the Important Bird Areas of North Carolina
Important Bird Areas

Explore the Important Bird Areas of North Carolina

Audubon North Carolina has released a new edition of Important Bird Areas of North Carolina, a full-color publication with detailed descriptions of North Carolina’s most critical bird habitats. 

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Adopt an Important Bird Area
Important Bird Areas

Adopt an Important Bird Area

Want to get involved in an exciting citizen science project? Read more about how you can help monitor North Carolina's irreplaceable bird habitats.

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Sharing Our Seas and Shores

Coastal Islands Sanctuary Program
Coast

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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Share the beach
Coast

Share the beach

A day at the beach is a vacation for most people. Residents and tourists alike travel to North Carolina beaches throughout the year to swim, fish or just stroll down the strand.

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American Oystercatcher Research 2010-2016
Coast

American Oystercatcher Research 2010-2016

This fine bird is most striking in appearance and exceedingly conspicuous.

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Putting Working Lands to Work for Birds and People

Putting Working Lands to Work for Birds and People
Working Lands

Putting Working Lands to Work for Birds and People

Audubon is partnering with landowners to make working lands benefit birds, people and communities, focusing on forests, agricultural lands, and grasslands and ranchlands.

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GWWAWG BLOG SERIES: Collaborating for Protection of the Golden-winged Warbler
Working Lands

GWWAWG BLOG SERIES: Collaborating for Protection of the Golden-winged Warbler

In this series of blog posts, learn about all the work of the GWWA Working Group and what this collaborative effort has done to protect this tiny gem of our forests.

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What is "Treasure Highlands"? The July Important Bird Area of the Month
Working Lands

What is "Treasure Highlands"? The July Important Bird Area of the Month

The Treasure Highlands project seeks to provide easy to access information about our partners, opportunities to volunteer, attend programs, take pare in citizen science projects, and take action.

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Latest Conservation Posts

Beach Nesting Season Off to a Great Start
Conservation

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.

Partnerships Advance Conservation at Grandfather Mountain State Park
Conservation

Partnerships Advance Conservation at Grandfather Mountain State Park

Through long-standing partnerships, many groups have contributed to the wealth of data collected at the Grandfather Mountain State Park and IBA.

Great Dismal Swamp IBA Offers Protection to Endangered Birds
Conservation

Great Dismal Swamp IBA Offers Protection to Endangered Birds

Visiting the Dismal Swamp State Park can help researchers understand the birds of the Great Dismal Swamp IBA and continue to protect the priority forest block.

Hardening North Carolina’s Coast Is Not the Answer for Birds or Taxpayers
Advocacy

Hardening North Carolina’s Coast Is Not the Answer for Birds or Taxpayers

Keeping limits on terminal groins and other hardened structures in place can ensure that we don’t destroy the wild and scenic attributes that make our coast so special.

Growing Clean Energy to Protect North Carolina’s Birds
Conservation

Growing Clean Energy to Protect North Carolina’s Birds

During the 2016 Legislative Session, Audubon NC is working with lawmakers to support clean energy policies to reduce the long-term climate threat to birds.

Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year List
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year List

The Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year list is here! Download it now.

A Win-Win for Research and Conservation
Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. Sanctuary And Audubon Center In Corolla

A Win-Win for Research and Conservation

Mark Stanback, PhD, Davidson College Professor of Biology chose the Sanctuary for his latest monitoring project. Learn how he's compiling data from Tree Swallow nest boxes.

Spring Break for Good
Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. Sanctuary And Audubon Center In Corolla

Spring Break for Good

Twenty-four student volunteers flocked to the Outer Banks as part of the University of Akron’s 2015 Alternative Spring Break Trip.

Why Go Native for Birds
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Why Go Native for Birds

Native plants play a very important role in providing the food birds need to survive and thrive.

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