Biodiversity Abounds at Pine Island
Palamedies Swallowtail on Yellow Thistle Photo: Robbie Fearn
Biodiversity abounds at the Audubon Pine Island Sanctuary in the heart of Currituck Sound in northeast North Carolina. The Sanctuary is home to hundreds of species of birds, plants, and other wildlife – with more being identified and recorded regularly. Wintering waterfowl flock to Currituck Sound by the thousands each November through February, sprawling brackish marshes and forests cover the grounds, and crawling critters are easy to spot hiding in the native plants and tall grasses.
The 2,600-acre sanctuary is home to 96 of Audubon’s 389 climate-imperiled species including Black Rail, Saltmarsh Sparrow, and American Black Duck. In addition to providing habitat for birds and other wildlife, the marshes, maritime forests, fields, ponds and dune barrens at Pine Island Sanctuary support fisheries, recreation, and tourism while providing storm and flood risk reduction for the nearby communities of Currituck and northern Dare Counties.
Learn about the bird conservation research taking place at Pine Island and find nature-focused events happening at this Important Bird Area along the Outer Banks in our periodic eBulletin.