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Resting Point

North Carolina is the resting point for the tiny piping plover, which travels thousands of miles to winter in the Bahamas and nest in Canada. Organizations are coming together to track the birds and preserve their resting point on the NC coast.

The Great Bird Count

North Carolina plays a vital role in the life of dozens of species of migratory waterfowl in North America. But to find out just how well we are playing that important role, researchers have to count the birds.

Take, for example, the eastern population of tundra swans.

The birds get their name — tundra swan — from their home. Amazingly, the birds fly across the continent, from the tundras of Alaska and Western Canada, to spend the winter in North Carolina. The birds begin arriving in late October and stay through the middle of February.

The Great Migration

About 45,000 tundra swans, snow geese, and dozens of other bird species travel from Alaska and parts of Canada to spend the winter on North Carolina’s coast. This great migration gives scientists an opportunity to monitor the health of the population and how it is adapting to environmental changes.