The Amphibolites
The Bullhead Mountain–Mahogany Rock
Grandfather Mountain
New River Corridor
The Northern Escarpment
Stone Mountain/Doughton Park
Wilson-Creek-Linville Gorge

Important Bird Areas are regions throughout the country that the National Audubon Society has scientifically determined to be critical in preserving birding populations. (Audubon’s IBA ) Each area may contribute to a single or multiple bird species and may provide a variety of needs.  These needs may include breeding habitat, migratory shelter, or food during multiple seasons.  The role of HCAS with regards to the  IBAs is multi-faceted: we help monitor native habitat for invasion by exotic invasive plant species which might destroy or negatively impact important bird habitat;  we conduct workdays to eradicate invasive species;  we conduct bird counts to help provide necessary data on changes to birding populations; and, when appropriate, we notify our members of advocacy efforts to help protect these important bird areas.  When combined, our efforts help with the overall objective of creating safe havens for the birding populations of the High Country.

The western region of the state has 16 IBAS, 7 of which are located in the 5 county area covered by High Country Audubon Society.

For more information on these critical conservation areas in North Carolina, visit North Carolina Important Bird Areas


Photo: Birding at Mahogany Rock: Jesse Pope