Tennessee's New Birding Trails Website

North Carolina is not the only state with a trail dedicated to spreading the word about birdwatching opportunities. Florida and Texas were pioneers, and many of our neighboring states have trails, including Virginia, Georgia, and now Tennessee.

The Tennessee Birding Trail includes all sorts of resources for bird-watching enthusiasts of all interest levels. Sites can be searched by region, species, seasons, or keywords. They also feature a beautiful gallery of birds submitted by photography buffs. For the species-counter, there's a list of recently-seen rare birds from eBird.

Like what you see from Tennessee? What do you love about the North Carolina website (check out our site map here)? Any new features you'd like to see? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or via email.


Audubon Birds & Climate Change Report

Last year, The Audubon Society released a report highlighting the potential effects of climate change on bird species using the most up-to-date modeling. The study identified 314 species that are either Climate Threatened (may lose over 50% of its current range by 2080) or Climate Endangered (may lose over 50% of its current range by 2050). Many of these species occur in North Carolina. The study includes interactive maps that visualize the estimated range shifts of these species (see this example for the American Bittern).

Data collected through two popular, long-term citizen science projects, the Christmas Bird Count and the Breeding Bird Survey were combined with greenhouse gas emissions scenarios to estimate range shifts of birds due to a warming climate. While the ground-breaking study is a first attempt, it represents the best information available quantifying the effect of our changing climate on birds.

You can learn more about the study and the climate threatened and climate endangered birds on their website.


Invitation to Participate in an NC Parks Public Recreation Survey

The N. C. Division of Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in a statewide survey designed to assess the state’s outdoor recreation  preferences and needs for the next 5 years.  The results of the survey will help federal, state and local agencies to provide outdoor recreation opportunities as well as protect and restore natural resources.

The short survey is available online through May 30 at the division’s website (




American Oystercatcher "Arnie" has a nest!

(c) Lindsay AddisonOne of six American Oystercatchers being tracked by NC Audubon, NC State University, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation was found to have a nest with one egg laid! The full story is available on the project's website. If you would like more information about Arnie and the other 5 oystercatchers, you can monitor their progress on their interactive map.


Explore Feathers with New All About Bird Biology

The Cornell Lab has just released All About Bird Biology, a media-rich website that brings the fascinating world of birds to life in a fun and interactive way. Designed as an ever-expanding resource highlighting the best bird-related science stories, we started by exploring the colorful and surprising diversity of feathers. 
You are among the first groups that we've alerted about this new site. Make sure to check out:

As NestWatch enthusiasts, we think you'll appreciate this opportunity to discover more about what's really going on in the lives of birds.