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Conserving North Carolina's Coasts

Photo: Lindsay Addison

The Audubon North Carolina Coast Islands and Sanctuaries Program manages and protects over 30% of North Carolina's nesting coastal waterbirds and contributes to science that protects both breeding and non-breeding birds in the state year-round. This long-term commitment to these sites, and the partnerships with agencies and other organizations that are created and sustained by that work, are the foundation of our leadership role in coastal bird conservation in North Carolina.

The sanctuary program’s ongoing mission is to manage, monitor, and protect our sites using best practices and support partners in doing the same; provide meaningful data to agencies and policymakers; and lead and support research that generates new knowledge about coastal birds and the habitats they depend on. This work connects all of our other coast-related work: policy, planning, and advocacy for the sites and resources coastal birds need to face an uncertain climate future, and education and outreach that engages Audubon’s network and inspires individuals to support coastal conservation.

Sharing Our Ocean & Shores
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Sharing Our Ocean & Shores

Protecting coastal habitats for generations to come.

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Coast Islands and Sanctuary Program
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Coast Islands and 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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Latest Coast Posts

Staff Check on Coastal Birds After Isaias Storms Past
Coastal Islands Sanctuary Program

Staff Check on Coastal Birds After Isaias Storms Past

Birds that nested early fared well, but Brown Pelicans and Black Skimmers lost chicks that were too young to fly.

Audubon Launches Virtual Planning App for Currituck Marsh Restoration
Donal O'Brien Jr.  Sanctuary And Audubon Center

Audubon Launches Virtual Planning App for Currituck Marsh Restoration

Funded by state and federal grants, new web app helps land managers protect marshes and coastal communities.

Oystercatchers Thrive on Lea-Hutaff This Summer
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Oystercatchers Thrive on Lea-Hutaff This Summer

Even new oystercatcher parents are successfully raising chicks.

Drone Mapping Project Takes Flight at Pine Island
Donal O'Brien Jr.  Sanctuary And Audubon Center

Drone Mapping Project Takes Flight at Pine Island

Audubon partners with Elizabeth City State University to survey Currituck marshes with drones.

New Living Shoreline Protects Marshes, Birds at Pine Island
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New Living Shoreline Protects Marshes, Birds at Pine Island

Supported by state conservation trust funding, new project reduces erosion using nature-based solutions.

Meet the 2020 Pine Island Interns
Donal O'Brien Jr.  Sanctuary And Audubon Center

Meet the 2020 Pine Island Interns

Audubon interns work remotely to protect birds and grow coastal resilience program.

Coastal Nesting Update: Black Skimmer Banding Takes Off
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Coastal Nesting Update: Black Skimmer Banding Takes Off

Pelicans, egrets, terns fledging chicks as summer heats up.

#ShareTheShore Digital Toolkit
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#ShareTheShore Digital Toolkit

It's more than just a hashtag. Help get the word out to protect vulnerable birds.

Share the Shores: Distancing is for the Birds, Too
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Share the Shores: Distancing is for the Birds, Too

If you go out, respect posted nesting areas that protect beach birds.

Grant to Bolster Audubon’s Resilience Work on Currituck Sound
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Grant to Bolster Audubon’s Resilience Work on Currituck Sound

— New funding adds to state and federal grants for marsh restoration and protection.

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