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Conserving North Carolina's Coasts

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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

Coastal Nesting Season Recap for 2019
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Coastal Nesting Season Recap for 2019

Hurricane shapes nesting season in Cape Fear region, for better and worse.

Four Legislative Wins for the Birds in 2019
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Four Legislative Wins for the Birds in 2019

From native plants to energy policy, you helped make these 2019 victories possible in Raleigh.

Audubon Receives State, Federal Grants to Enhance Resiliency on Currituck Sound
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Audubon Receives State, Federal Grants to Enhance Resiliency on Currituck Sound

— New funding will support long-term resilience planning for coastal birds and communities.
Weathering Hurricane Dorian
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Weathering Hurricane Dorian

While the storm was tragic for many on the North Carolina coast, our staff and bird habitat made it through unharmed.

Why You Shouldn't Feed Pelicans
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Why You Shouldn't Feed Pelicans

They may look hungry, but tossing food scraps to Brown Pelicans does more harm than good.

Pelican Banding 101: Mind the Beak
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Pelican Banding 101: Mind the Beak

For Audubon intern London Thompson, banding Brown Pelicans provides lessons in fortitude and a glimpse into the bird's lifecycle.

Biology Undergrads Chase Birds, Dreams at Audubon Sanctuary
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Biology Undergrads Chase Birds, Dreams at Audubon Sanctuary

The Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. Sanctuary at Pine Island serves as a living laboratory for aspiring biologists.

Missing White Ibis Return to Battery Island After Year-long Hiatus
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Missing White Ibis Return to Battery Island After Year-long Hiatus

Audubon members and the Cape Fear Garden Club get up-close view of ibis nesting season on the Cape Fear River.

Birds Tell Us About Water Quality in the Cape Fear River
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Birds Tell Us About Water Quality in the Cape Fear River

UNC Wilmington graduate student Anna Zarn is studying American Oystercatcher eggshells and chick feathers to better understand toxic-metal contamination in the Lower Cape Fear River post-Florence.

Updates From Our Coast: After the Storm
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Updates From Our Coast: After the Storm

Here in North Carolina, we continue to feel and see the effects of Hurricane Florence on our coast. We are grateful that all our staff are safe, yet aware that the path forward will be challenging. Stay up-to-date here.

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