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Conserving through Science-based Research, Education, and Outreach

Habitat sampling in Golden-winged territories in North Carolina; photo by Ed Burress.

The mission of the National Audubon Society’s North Carolina State Office is to help conserve and restore the North Carolina (NC) habitats people share with all wildlife, focusing on the needs of birds. Audubon North Carolina achieves its mission through a blend of science-based research and conservation, education and outreach, and advocacy. The organization had many accomplishments this year for forest birds, including:

Golden-winged Warbler/Early Successional Habitat

Completed fourth year of demographic, genetics, and population distribution work in western NC. Located several nests, completed territorial vegetation sampling, and collected genetic samples from >40 birds.... Read more >>

Golden-winged Warbler Survey and Monitoring Efforts in North Carolina

Photo by Chris Kelly.

In a coordinated effort of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), Audubon North Carolina, and the US Forest Service, two Golden-winged Warbler survey and monitoring efforts were undertaken in 2010: monitoring using official Golden-winged Warbler Atlas Project (GOWAP) points and conducting new surveys of timber harvest units on the Nantahala National Forest. The latter was prompted by the under-representation of regenerating forest in the official GOWAP point network for North Carolina. In all, 62 surveys were conducted, with 17 Golden-winged Warblers and three Blue-winged Warblers observed in spring 2010.

The efforts involved NCWRC’s Wildlife Diversity program…
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Acquisitions and Easements in 2010

Short Hills Wildlife Management Area; photo by VDGIF

50,000 Acre Goal Met
By the end of 2010, the Blue Ridge Forever coalition of nine land trusts exceeded its 5 year campaign goal to protect 50,000 acres in Western North Carolina. Through their work with willing landowners, the land trusts worked to ensure that critical lands were protected for clean drinking water, recreation, tourism, working farms, and of course birds and other wildlife. Many of these newly protected lands tie together large tracts of existing public lands, conserve sensitive high elevation communities, and preserve spectacular vistas of the Southern Blue Ridge.

Blue Ridge Forever’s land…
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