Birding North Carolina

What makes the state so special? For one thing, North Carolina is still one of the country's most varied, beautiful, and richly endowed states. It is large, covering 52,000 square miles and stretching more than 500 miles from east to west. It has a substantial population but still retains huge areas of wilderness or near-wilderness. And it has a greater range of altitudes than any other eastern state; from sea level along the Atlantic Coast to the 6,684-foot peak of Mt. Mitchell in the west. What does all this spell? Variety. And variety, as every birder knows, is the most essential ingredient in any recipe for determining what makes one place better than another for birds.

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  • North carolina Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • North carolina Birding Hotspots

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A Forster's term goes fishing at Lake Mattamuskeet. Photo by Keven Bercaw / Wikimedia.

Ten Bird Watching Hotspots in North Carolina

Every state has its top hotspots. Here are ten that we picked out for North Carolina. Your Top Ten list may vary, but it doesn’t matter as long as we all get to go birding, right?
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  • Birds of North Carolina

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Golden-crowned kinglet, photo by Francis C. Franklin/ Wikimedia Commons.

10 Highlight Birds of North Carolina

Here are ten bird species that make birding in North Carolina exciting and special. Of course there are hundreds of other species to see, so don’t stop with just these ten!
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