NC Birding Trail Timeline

The North Carolina Birding Trail began as an idea in 2004. Efforts like the Birding Trail take a lot of effort from many people. This is a list of our activities over since the inception of the Trail (pdf version)

  • Disseminated Trail plans through informational meetings with stakeholders
  • NC Wildlife Resources Commission makes commitment to fund NCBT Coordinator
  • Steering Committee includes Wildlife Resources Commission, NC Cooperative Extension Service, Sea Grant and Audubon North Carolina
  • Mission statement and NCBT logo adopted
  • Site nomination form developed to use for selecting NCBT sites
  • Public meeting in Washington, NC to solicit support and describe NCBT plans
  • Steering committee expanded to include NC State Parks and US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Governor’s Conference on Tourism – participated in a session on NC Trails
  • Regional meeting in Plymouth to discuss the potential economic benefits to communities
  • Coastal Plain nominations open for sites on the NCBT
  • “Trail Mail” electronic newsletter initiated
  • NCBT coordinator hired by Wildlife Resources Commission
Grants:
  • The Wildlife Society, in partnership with the NC Chapter of The Wildlife society, to develop a brochure highlighting wildlife-related educational opportunities in NC
  • N.C. Department of Commerce matching grant to develop a promotional brochure with calling cards about the NCBT for dissemination to 18 NC Welcome Centers, members of Audubon North Carolina, the Carolina Bird Club and others across the state
  • Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation to support development of the NCBT
  • GoldenLEAF Foundation to support NCBT guide design and development, web site enhancements, and the development and implementation of the Birder Friendly Business & Community training program
  • Coastal Plain site nominations close – 102 sites selected for the NCBT
  • Birder Friendly Business & Community training program begins in Plymouth, July 25
  • Piedmont nominations open for sites on the NCBT
  • Piedmont regional meetings held to inform communities about the NCBT and the nomination process
Grants:
  • N.C. Department of Commerce, Tourism Matching Funds award to develop a magazine advertisement for the NCBT in two national birding magazines
  • Progress Energy Foundation to support printing and production costs for the Coastal Plain Trail Guide
  • GoldenLEAF Foundation to support Coastal Plain and Piedmont Trail Guide design and development, and continued support for the Birder Friendly Business & Community program
  • Bird species database development begins for each site on the NCBT
  • Piedmont site nominations close – 103 sites selected for the NCBT
  • Mountain regional meetings held to inform communities about the NCBT and the nomination process
  • June 19, 2007 – Ribbon cutting for NCBT – Coastal Plain Trail held at Hammocks Beach State Park
  • Mountain site nominations open
  • UNC Press and the NCBT agree on a marketing/distribution partnership
Grants:
  • Cardinal Foundation grant for NCBT development
  • Carolina Bird Club matching grant received for NCBT development
  • Onslow County Tourism provided financial support for the ribbon cutting
  • UNC Press advertises in national print media, displays guides at booksellers meetings and arranges for 10 book signings across NC
  • Audubon magazine produces insert “Audubon’s Field Guide to Birding Trails” and prominently features the NCBT
  • Mountain nominations close – 105 sites selected for the NCBT
  • May 15, 2008 – Ribbon cutting for NCBT – Piedmont Trail Guide held at Durant Nature Park, Raleigh
  • Birder Friendly Business & Community training ends with 19 programs and 297 attendees
  • “The Best of Our State”, sponsored by Our State magazine, invites the NCBT to participate as one of the featured speakers. Approximately 800 people attended the event at The Grove Park Inn, Asheville
  • Extension specialist, Rob Hawk continues Birder Friendly Business & Community training programs in the mountains
  • June 25, 2009 – Ribbon cutting for NCBT – Mountain Trail Guide held at the NC Arboretum, Asheville
  • Communications meeting with Steering Committee partners results in a media plan to implement a Facebook page
  • Audubon NC and NCBT begin collaboration on NCBT sites in Important Bird Areas
  • State Parks declares 2010 “Year of the Birds”
  • NCBT Facebook page launched
  • Local Audubon chapters and other community groups around the state purchase and install Trail signs at local NCBT sites
  • Bird search database is completed for all sites across the state
  • 25,000 rack cards developed and distributed
  • Call for nominations of new NCBT sites statewide
  • 19 Sites added to the NCBT (6 Coastal, 8 Piedmont, 5 Mountain), bringing the total to 327 sites
  • NCBT strategic plan update initiated
  • Participated in the opening festival for the NC Nature Research Center, Raleigh
  • Original 25,000 rack cards distributed; an additional 25,000 printed
  • Website update and migration to a new platform initiated
  • New NCBT website completed
  • NCBT Strategic Plan revision completed and unanimously approved by Steering Committee