Southern Coastal Plain Climate Stronghold

Photo: Connie Pinson

The Southern Coastal Plain climate stronghold includes numerous river systems, estuaries, bogs and cypress swamps that will help support coniferous forest (pine-dominated) birds. Combined with its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, this area’s many water bodies can provide refuge in a changing climate. Protecting land in the southern coastal plain, ensuring forests are managed in a bird-friendly way and growing native plants in coastal towns and cities are key priorities for Audubon in this area.

Southern Coastal Plain 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.

Coniferous forest species:

Key Conservation Partners

Government: Natural Resources Conservation Service, North Carolina State Parks, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina Forest Service, 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.

News & Updates

Meet the New Coastal Nesting Seasonal Staff
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Meet the New Coastal Nesting Seasonal Staff

We're excited to have Cissie Brooks and Evan Buckland on the Audubon team this spring and summer.

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How Controlled Burns Bring Life to the Pine Island Marshes

The end of prescribed fire season means the marshes are ready to grow back healthier for birds.

Audubon Statement on Wilmington East Offshore Wind Leases
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Audubon Statement on Wilmington East Offshore Wind Leases

— We're encouraged to see bird tracking technology included as a requirement in future leases.
Audubon, Army Corps Restore Critical Bird Nesting Island on the Cape Fear River
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Audubon, Army Corps Restore Critical Bird Nesting Island on the Cape Fear River

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Audubon North Carolina Releases 2022 Policy Agenda
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Audubon North Carolina Releases 2022 Policy Agenda

Building on momentum from 2021, we'll be speaking up for bipartisan policy solutions to protect birds and people.

Audubon Guidelines for Responsible Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina
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Audubon Guidelines for Responsible Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina

Our state has huge offshore wind energy potential. We want to make sure the industry grows in ways that protect birds and fight climate change.

Winter Coastal Surveys Reveal New Shorebird Hotspot and Long-distance Visitors
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Winter Coastal Surveys Reveal New Shorebird Hotspot and Long-distance Visitors

Natural inlets and barrier islands provide critical stopover and wintering habitat for shorebirds, gulls, and more.

Audubon Statement: Climate and Equity Executive Order Builds on Bipartisan Energy Bill
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Audubon Statement: Climate and Equity Executive Order Builds on Bipartisan Energy Bill

— Gov. Cooper’s Executive Order 246 provides important next steps for North Carolina clean energy transition.
Audubon and Coalition Announce Conservation Plan for Currituck Marshes
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Audubon and Coalition Announce Conservation Plan for Currituck Marshes

— Marsh migration and restoration will be key as Currituck region adapts to rapid coastal change.
National Grant will Fund Audubon’s Marsh Restoration Project in Currituck Sound
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National Grant will Fund Audubon’s Marsh Restoration Project in Currituck Sound

— New funding will support innovative approaches to preserving and recovering a threatened ecosystem.

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