Donal C. O'Brien Sanctuary and Audubon Center at Pine Island

Discover the Outer Banks as they used to be...

Winter Sunset over Pine Island Photo: Robbie Fearn

Preserving the Past, Managing the Present, Improving the Future

Tucked away on a small  road, the Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. Sanctuary in Corolla is one of the last pieces of untouched property on the northeastern portion of the Outer Banks, preserving 2,600 acres of marsh, upland maritime forest and sandy beaches, as well as the historical beauty of the Outer Banks. The Sanctuary remains  largely free from development, so birds and wildlife can continue to have a safe place to thrive free from human disturbance. A 60 acres education campus, surrounding a historic 1913 hunt club hosts researchers, adult education participants, and conservation leaders striving to ensure a brighter future for birds and other wildlife. The public also enjoys the property through Kayak tours, public programs and a 2.5 mile nature trail.

Plan Your Visit
Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Explore the Habitats of the Pine Island Sanctuary and Audubon Center along our 2.5 Mile Nature trail, take a Kayak trip, learn about our facilities and discover what to do near-by.

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Audubon Sanctuary Kayak Trips
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Audubon Sanctuary Kayak Trips

One of the best ways to explore Audubon's Pine Island Sanctuary is by water.

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Pristine Sanctuary for Birds
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Pristine Sanctuary for Birds

With its extensive marshes, waterways and diversity of upland and maritime forest, the 2,600 acres of preserved land contribute to major environmental and wildlife conservation efforts for the health of our birds, wildlife and local community. 

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Sanctuary Management
Sanctuary Management

Sanctuary Management

Balancing conservation, education, research, habitat improvement and traditional hunting grounds

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A Peek behind the Gates
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A Peek behind the Gates

Learn about how Audubon is creating a world class conservation research and education campus

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Biodiversity Abounds
Natural History

Biodiversity Abounds

Audubon’s Sanctuary in Corolla is host to hundreds of individual species and more are being identified and recorded regularly.

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News from NC Audubon

Climate
Conservation

Climate

Climate change is the leading threat to bird survival.

Other things to do Nearby
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Other things to do Nearby

Explore the Outer and Inner Banks

Sharing our Seas and Shores
Conservation

Sharing our Seas and Shores

Full life-cycle conservation on a landscape scale

Conserving Currituck Sound for Future Generations
Conservation

Audubon's plan for an enduring landscape

Audubon's plans for an enduring landscape

A Peek behind the Gates
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A Peek behind the Gates

Learn about how Audubon is creating a world class conservation research and education campus

Staff
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Staff

Local Staff, Statewide and National Support

Research Application for Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. Sanctuary in Corolla
Conservation

Research Application for Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. Sanctuary in Corolla

Learn more about how to apply to conduct research at the Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. Sanctuary in Corolla.

A Win-Win for Research and Conservation
Conservation

A Win-Win for Research and Conservation

Mark Stanback, PhD, Davidson College Professor of Biology chose the Sanctuary for his latest monitoring project. Learn how he's compiling data from Tree Swallow nest boxes.

How you can help, right now