Advocating wildlife, nature and environmental conservation
Wake Audubon shares many common goals and interests with other organizations in North Carolina and across the country. Here are some of our friends:
Audubon Society links
National Audubon Society is the national organization that provides a broad view of conservation work related to birds. All members of Wake Audubon are automatically also members of National Audubon Society and receive their magazine and other benefits. Their website offers a wealth of information on birds and conservation issues.
Audubon North Carolina is our state-wide organization and provides advice to local chapters and well as supporting science projects in the mountains and on the coast. The state organization also advocates for conservation issues important at the state level. All members of Audubon are welcome to attend the Chapter Day and Annual Meeting held by Audubon NC. Look to their website to find a list of other Audubon chapters in North Carolina.
Other bird clubs
The American Birding Association represents the North American birding community and supports birders through publications, conferences, workshops, tours, partnerships, and networks.
Bluebirds of Wake are dedicated to bluebird conservation in Wake County NC, and also work to conserve secondary cavity nesting wild song birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Free quarterly meetings are open to the public and include discussion about a variety of environmental topics. Click on the link for more information.
The Carolina Bird Club is a non-profit organization which represents and supports the birding community in the Carolinas through its official website, publications, meetings, workshops, trips, and partnerships. Join the Carolina Bird Club to meet other birders from the Carolinas and to participate in field trips to great birding sites throughout the region and special trips beyond.
The Chapel Hill Bird Club serves the Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh area. It meets monthly from September through May and leads weekly Saturday morning field trips from September through April.
The North Carolina Birding Trail describes great birding sites throughout North Carolina. It includes maps, parking information, typical birds seen and any special concerns for each site. Once at their web site, click on “sites” or on “map”. You can find specific sites in the coastal, piedmont, and mountain regions of North Carolina. This is a great resource for those traveling around the state and helps local economies.
Carolinabirds is a listserve that provides list members with opportunities to post their bird sightings and to view the sightings of others. This is a great resource for those looking to expand their list of birds seen in North Carolina. Looking for any rare bird sightings? Look here!
Birds of North Carolina is a new website sponsored by the Carolina Bird Club. This website aims to provide a compendium of all of the bird species recorded (i.e., accepted to either the Definitive List or the Provisional List) in North Carolina, with general information about their distribution in the state — by regions or provinces, their relative abundance in each region, their periods of occurrence in the state, and information about finding each species in the state. County maps of occurrence are provided for each species; in addition, breeding season maps, showing abundance by county, for each nesting species are being developed, and wintering season maps will be developed later.
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology is a rich source of information on birds, especially North American birds. You can find information on bird identification, citizen science projects, and education projects. Web-cams, audio files on bird songs, courses in bird identification and photography and much more. This is a go-to site if you need information about a specific bird. Their projects include Project Feederwatch, Great Backyard Bird Count, Golden-winged Warbler Atlas Project, The Birdhouse Network, and Birds in Forested Landscapes.
eBird is an online database of bird observations with timely information about bird distribution and abundance. Join to find out what birds people are seeing at the sites you are interested in visiting. Find good birding locations near home or where you are traveling.
Produced by Wake Audubon in 2000, A Birdwatcher’s Guide to the Triangle promotes public birding sites in Wake and surrounding counties that remain staples in our community. Each site description includes an overview, featured locations and the bird species seen there, as well as directions and facilities at the time of publication. Though this printed guide is no longer for sale, you can check it out at a local library.
Resources for other wildlife and plants of the Carolinas
Carolina Butterfly Society emphasizes identifying and watching butterflies in the field and garden rather than collecting them. Every season they organize several butterflying field trips to the various biogeographic regions of the Carolinas. They offer advice on butterfly gardening, encourage photography and record-keeping, provide fact sheets for outdoor educators, sponsor gardening workshops, and collect data for conservation use. See their website for a chapter near you.
The Butterfly Atlas for North Carolina is a compilation of information about all of the 176 butterfly species that have been recorded in North Carolina. Each species account provides information on the distribution, abundance, habitat, flight dates, and other life history information; for nearly all species. One or more photographs taken in North Carolina are included.
North Carolina Herpetological Society is dedicated to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles through education and dissemination of scientific information through the facilities of the Society. They encourage conservation of wildlife in general, and of amphibians and reptiles in particular. They also promote research in herpetology by sharing information among members and through cooperation with amateur and professional herpetologists.
The Carolina Herp Atlas is a project developed by the Davidson College Herpetology Laboratory and Davidson College Information Technology Services. The primary objective of the Carolina Herp Atlas is to provide detailed data on the distribution of reptiles and amphibians of North and South Carolina.
The North Carolina Native Plant Society states that their purpose to promote enjoyment and conservation of North Carolina’s native plants and their habitats through education, protection, propagation, and advocacy.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences educates the public through exhibits, programs and field experiences at their main museum, Nature Research Center and Prairie Ridge Ecostation. They also support research in many areas of the natural sciences including ornithology. The museum provides a room for Wake Audubon’s monthly meetings. Also check out their Science Café.
The Triangle Land Conservancy works throughout Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Orange and Wake counties to identify and preserve sites throughout the Triangle that are logical locations for open space. Through permanent land conservation, TLC is ensuring our region will have clean water, a healthy wildlife habitat, local farms and fresh food, and plenty of places for people to connect with nature.
The North Carolina Conservation Network is a statewide network of over 90 environmental, community and environmental justice organizations focused on protecting North Carolina’s environment and public health.
The Umstead Coalition is dedicated to the appreciation, use and preservation of the William B. Umstead State park and the Richland Creek natural area.
North Carolina Partners in Flight is part of an international organization that is a cooperative effort involving partnerships among federal, state and local government agencies, philanthropic foundations, professional organizations, conservation groups, industry, the academic community, and private individuals. Goals are to help bird species that are at risk and keep common birds common.