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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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Latest Coast Posts

Introducing the Secretive Marsh Birds of Pine Island
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Introducing the Secretive Marsh Birds of Pine Island

These hard-to-find birds thrive in extensive, healthy marsh habitat, but their reclusive nature makes them difficult to find and study.

Revealing the Hidden Life of Secretive Marsh Birds
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Revealing the Hidden Life of Secretive Marsh Birds

By surveying for rails, bitterns, and other rare marsh birds, we’ll better understand the health of the marsh and what it means for birds and people.

Coastal Nesting Update: Skimmers Return and Terns Face a Unique Predator
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Coastal Nesting Update: Skimmers Return and Terns Face a Unique Predator

Audubon biologists and volunteers report robust coastal bird colonies halfway through summer.

Prying Open the Secret Lives of Oystercatchers
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Prying Open the Secret Lives of Oystercatchers

New research using light-weight GPS technology will help us better protect an iconic shorebird in a changing world.

Back in Action: Audubon Biologists, Volunteers Ready for Busy Bird Nesting Season
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Back in action: Audubon Biologists, Volunteers Ready for Busy Bird Nesting Season

— As coastal nesting season heats up, new study shows importance of bird sanctuary stewardship.
One of North Carolina’s Last Unprotected Barrier Islands to be Conserved
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One of North Carolina’s Last Unprotected Barrier Islands to be Conserved

— Conservation groups, family landowners rally to conserve Hutaff Island.
Battery Island: A Nesting Oasis for Wading Birds
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Battery Island: A Nesting Oasis for Wading Birds

This Cape Fear island hosts the largest colony of wading birds in North Carolina and is off-limits to visitors during the spring and summer.

A Bright Spot for 2020: Coastal Nesting Birds Thrived
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A Bright Spot for 2020: Coastal Nesting Birds Thrived

Despite an early hurricane, pelicans, terns and other coastal birds had a successful breeding season.

New Oyster Reef Project Bolsters Bird Habitat, Water Quality on the Cape Fear
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New Oyster Reef Project Bolsters Bird Habitat, Water Quality on the Cape Fear

— Audubon completes Phase One of $500,000 oyster reef restoration.
Staff Check on Coastal Birds After Isaias Storms Past
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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.

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