Natural History

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.

Birds at the Sanctuary
Birds

Birds at the Sanctuary

An ever changing spectacle of wildlife - Pine Island hosts over 175 bird species and is home to 1/4 of the climate threatened species in North America, .

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Birds Abound

Birds Abound

Located at the intersection of numerous bird migration tributaries, Pine Island provides a green sanctuary for vast numbers of migrating songbirds and waterfowl that pass through the area in the spring and fall looking for a safe haven to rest and refuel.

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Bird List
Natural History

Bird List

Who uses Pine Island Sanctuary?

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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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Reptile and Amphibians
Natural History

Reptile and Amphibians

Pine Island is heavenly for Herps

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