Conservation

Coasts

A volunteer collects trash at North Carolina’s Wrightsville Beach. Photo: Bonnie-Jeanne

Protecting and restoring coastlines will strengthen populations of shorebirds while preserving the places they need to survive throughout their lives. The work needed to accomplish this goal will also protect coastal communities against the threat of sea-level rise due to a changing climate. Audubon’s Coasts initiative focuses on the most threatened and iconic bird species that rely on coastal habitats—estuaries, islands, beaches, and the marine environment—throughout the hemisphere. Audubon’s work will target the most important breeding, stopover, and wintering sites in each flyway for 16 flagship bird species. These actions will both stabilize and enhance the populations of those flagship species while simultaneously benefiting at least 375 other species that rely on similar habitats.

Theory of Change

By focusing on the biggest threats to 16 flagship bird species and the places they depend on, we will maximize our conservation impact and help build resilient coastlines. Those 16 flagship species represent at least 375 others as well as the ecosystems upon which they depend.

How to Get There

Audubon will:

Measurable Goals

Where We Work

Saving Seabirds

Saving Seabirds

Audubon takes effective action to stabilize and increase populations of at-risk species up and down the Pacific Coast

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Project Puffin

Project Puffin

Project Puffin improves seabird nesting outcomes, helping those populations to return from the brink

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Coastal Stewardship: Atlantic & Pacific

Coastal Stewardship: Atlantic & Pacific

Protecting shorebirds in habitats especially vulnerable to development and climate threats

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Coastal Stewardship: Gulf

Coastal Stewardship: Gulf

Restoring vital coastal wetlands for colonial and beach-nesting birds

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Long Island Sound

Long Island Sound

Audubon is leading an ambitious effort to restore the Long Island Sound’s health, supporting waterbirds, shorebirds, and people

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Coasts News

Good News for the Gulf: Why the Largest Environmental Settlement in U.S. History Won’t Get Wasted
Gulf Restoration

Good News for the Gulf: Why the Largest Environmental Settlement in U.S. History Won’t Get Wasted

Six years after the BP oil spill, a new plan outlines how billions of dollars dedicated to Gulf Coast restoration will go where it’s needed most.

Why Louisiana’s Barrier Islands Are Essential to Seabird and Human Survival
Audubon In Action

Why Louisiana’s Barrier Islands Are Essential to Seabird and Human Survival

Island restoration is an investment in coastal Louisiana’s future. Here’s how it works.

Where Do Maine's Atlantic Puffins Go for the Winter?
Science

Where Do Maine's Atlantic Puffins Go for the Winter?

Audubon scientists tracked breeding puffins from Maine to finally learn where they pass the colder months—in a maze of underwater canyons and mountains southeast of Massachusetts.

In Suspected Pro-Development Move, California Coastal Commission Ousts Its Director
Seas & Shores

In Suspected Pro-Development Move, California Coastal Commission Ousts Its Director

Despite hours of testimony in support of current executive director Charles Lester, the commission voted against their leader last night.

New Bahamas National Park Will Protect Migratory Piping Plovers, Red Knots, Other Atlantic Coast Birds
Audubon In Action

New Bahamas National Park Will Protect Coastal Birds

Formerly unknown shorebird wintering grounds receive permanent protection after discoveries and collaboration.