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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 40% 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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Birds You Can Help Right Now

American Oystercatcher

Latin:  Haematopus palliatus

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Least Tern

Latin:  Sternula antillarum

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Brown Pelican

Latin:  Pelecanus occidentalis

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Piping Plover

Latin:  Charadrius melodus

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Great Egret

Latin:  Ardea alba

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Laughing Gull

Latin:  Leucophaeus atricilla

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Snowy Egret

Latin:  Egretta thula

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Black Skimmer

Latin:  Rynchops niger

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Latest Coast Posts

After Major Restoration Project, Cape Fear River Gets First Skimmer Nest in a Decade
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After Major Restoration Project, Cape Fear River Gets First Skimmer Nest in a Decade

Coastal waterbirds take full advantage of new habitat after Audubon-Army Corps Project.

New Tower Connects NC Barrier Island to Global Bird Tracking Network
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New Tower Connects NC Barrier Island to Global Bird Tracking Network

— Cape Fear Audubon, Audubon North Carolina and UNC Wilmington partner to install Motus tower at Lea Island.
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.

How Controlled Burns Bring Life to the Pine Island Marshes
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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, 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

Dredged sand will protect one of North Carolina’s few Royal Tern colonies from erosion, rising seas.

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 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.
Coastal Nesting Recap: Terns Persevere and Bird Populations Hold Strong
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Coastal Nesting Recap: Terns Persevere and Bird Populations Hold Strong

Take a look back at how coastal birds fared this nesting season.

A Fall Guide to Coastal Migration
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A Fall Guide to Coastal Migration

While this fall brings bird migration departures, many new arrivals are starting to appear along our coast.

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