Research in North Carolina

Learn about the research engaging foresters across North Carolina.

Kelly Douglass, Forest Landbird Legacy Program partner, flags a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker tree for protection on private lands near the Uwharrie Mountains. Photo: Aimee Tomcho

Audubon NC is involved in regional and international research in the quest to better understand bird ecology. As our understanding grows, we become increasingly effective at saving the birds we cherish. Many people have helped make this journey a successful one. We know you will be inspired by stories about our conservation partners and beloved volunteers.

Regional Land Management Outreach Initiative to Protect More Golden-Winged Warbler Habitats
Media Releases

Regional Land Management Outreach Initiative to Protect More Golden-Winged Warbler Habitats

1,000 private landowners across nine Western NC counties identified for next wave of Working Lands outreach.

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Watching Warblers with Valerie
Working Lands

Watching Warblers with Valerie

Valerie Bruchon is one of our seasonal field biologists working to conserve and support golden-winged warblers and their habitats in Western North Carolina. Here, she has detailed her experience of a day in the field.

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Golden-winged Warblers Return to the Mountains
Working Lands

Golden-winged Warblers Return to the Mountains

In North Carolina, GWWA populations have declined an average of 10 percent every year for the past decade. Even more concerning, these warblers have seen a decline of nearly 98 percent in their entire Appalachian region breeding range.

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Volunteers at Work for Golden-wing Protection with Bob Repoley
Working Lands

Volunteers at Work for Golden-wing Protection with Bob Repoley

Our volunteers help lay the groundwork for Audubon NC to identify and engage private landowners in habitat restoration for priority species including the Golden-winged Warbler.

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The Golden-Wing Team Is Back!
Working Lands

The Golden-Wing Team Is Back!

Guest post by Anna Tisdale, a member of the Golden-winged Warbler field team. Anna’s research this season will help Audubon North Carolina’s conservation efforts to protect the birds in Western North Carolina.

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New Volunteer Team Meets in the Mountains
Working Lands

New Volunteer Team Meets in the Mountains

A group of 15 volunteers gathers in in Burnsville to learn more about how to help restore habitat for the Golden-winged Warbler.

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More Volunteers Trained to Protect Warblers
Working Lands

More Volunteers Trained to Protect Warblers

A new team of Audubon volunteers met at the Highlands Biological Station and in Macon and Jackson County to learn about Golden-winged Warbler conservation techniques.

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A Successful Year Monitoring Golden-winged Warblers in North Carolina
Working Lands

A Successful Year Monitoring Golden-winged Warblers in North Carolina

For the North Carolina Audubon Golden-winged Warbler team, the 2013 field season has been a memorable one.

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A Record-Setting Habitat for Warblers
Working Lands

A Record-Setting Habitat for Warblers

Mark and Margaret Hartman are managing their Ashe County land for Golden-winged Warblers. Click to learn more!

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Golden-winged Warbler

Latin:  Vermivora chrysoptera

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Wood Thrush

Latin:  Hylocichla mustelina

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Brown-headed Nuthatch

Latin:  Sitta pusilla

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Cerulean Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga cerulea

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News & Updates

Celebrating the Network of Landowners who Protect Forests and Birds
Forest Landbird Legacy Program

Celebrating the Network of Landowners who Protect Forests and Birds

This year, Audubon hit the road to celebrate the people who make our Forest Landbird Legacy Program possible.

Who Runs the Forest? Increasingly, in the Southeast, It’s Women
Forestry In Action

Who Runs the Forest? Increasingly, in the Southeast, It’s Women

New groups are cultivating communities of women who manage their trees with economic and ecosystem sustainability in mind.

Light Weight Tracking Technology Could Help Reveal Mysteries of Golden-wing Decline
Conserve Golden-Wings

Light Weight Tracking Technology Could Help Reveal Mysteries of Golden-wing Decline

Audubon and partners across the South and Midwest are using radio tags to track a rare songbird.

For one Yancey County Couple, Art and Land Stewardship Converge
Working Lands

For one Yancey County Couple, Art and Land Stewardship Converge

How a renowned artist with a global reach is turning his attention to his own backyard through Audubon’s Working Lands program.

How Bottomland Forests Help Birds and People
Working Lands

How Bottomland Forests Help Birds and People

Audubon and our partners are helping landowners be better stewards of their low-lying hardwood forests, a threatened habitat that supports wildlife and people.

Healthy Forests Mean Healthy Diets for Hungry Songbirds on the Move
Forestry In Action

Healthy Forests Mean Healthy Diets for Hungry Songbirds on the Move

Bird-friendly forestry helps Tennessee Warblers on both sides of their migration journeys.

A Guide to Fall Migration in the Mountains and Piedmont
Working Lands

A Guide to Fall Migration in the Mountains and Piedmont

Migration season has arrived, and NC’s mountain birds are on the move!

Bridging the Gender Gap in Forest Stewardship
Working Lands

Bridging the Gender Gap in Forest Stewardship

ForestHer NC has reached 1,000 people across the state, empowering landowners to better manage their land for birds and wildlife.

Restoring Piedmont Forests for Birds
Forest Landbird Legacy Program

Restoring Piedmont Forests for Birds

An Audubon partnership with Three Rivers Land Trust is breathing new life into woodlands, thanks to prescribed fires and bird-friendly forestry practices.

Horses and Flying Logs: Using Old and New Forestry Methods to Improve Bird Habitat
Forestry In Action

Horses and Flying Logs: Using Old and New Forestry Methods to Improve Bird Habitat

Forest Landbird Legacy Program helps Ashe County landowner restore forested property.

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