Roanoke and Chowan Rivers Bottomlands Climate Stronghold

Photo: Don Mullaney

Sandwiched between the Lower Roanoke River and Chowan River Bottomlands in Eastern North Carolina, this area offers some of the most extensive forested wetlands in the United States that can support a large number of climate threatened birds, especially deciduous forest bird species. Protecting land in these bottomlands and ensuring that landowners are equipped with tools and resources to manage their forests in a bird-friendly way are key priorities for Audubon in this area.

Roanoke and Chowan Rivers Bottomlands Climate Stronghold

Key climate-threatened birds and habitat “guilds”

Climate-threatened birds can be grouped according to the type of habitat that they prefer.  This climate stronghold is likely to include suitable habitat and climate conditions for many birds threatened by climate change, including key birds listed below.

Deciduous forest species:

Key Conservation Partners

Government: Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, North Carolina State Parks, North Carolina Forest Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina Division of Soil & Water Conservation

National & State NGOs: The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, Conservation Trust for North Carolina

Local Land Trusts: North Carolina Coastal Land Trust

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Blue Ridge Mountains Photo: Akshay/Flickr CC

How you can help climate-threatened birds

  1. Sign up for Audubon North Carolina’s action alerts. Find out when state lawmakers are making important decisions that will impact protection of climate strongholds and other natural areas in the state. Click here to join.
  2. Become an Audubon Ambassador. Audubon Ambassadors are volunteers working with state staff, Audubon chapters, and local communities to spread the word about the effect of climate change on birds, which includes recruiting others with a hopeful, solutions-oriented message.
  3. Grow native plants. Your yard and the plants in it can make a big difference for wildlife. Growing native plants provides critical food and shelter for birds to survive and thrive in the face of climate change.
  4. Are you a birder? Help Audubon refine and improve our climate modeling by participating in Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count and Climate Watch. Your participation will help us continue to refine our climate models and prioritize actions to protect birds.

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