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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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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
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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.

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.

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