Birding at Airlie- Over 200 bird species have been observed in the garden, attesting to Airlie’s honor of being named a Coastal Plain site on the North Carolina Birding Trail. Visiting species vary seasonally, but it is common to see more than thirty species during one morning. Waterfowl, woodland birds and migrants are common. Airlie along with Wild Bird and Garden also host a monthly bird hike, the second Wednesday of each month at 8am, included in regular garden admission and free for Airlie members.
Airlie is listed as a birding HotSpot on eBird.com, a free, easy-to-use, citizen science observation database operated by Cornell University and the National Audubon Society. Anyone can contribute to bird conservation by submitting their bird sightings online at eBird.com. By contributing information to this database, our understanding of bird populations and movements are improved, which helps natural resource managers and scientists better address bird conservation issues.
Airlie’s eBird HotSpot List
Wildlife at Airlie- Airlie’s magical backdrop of myriad plants is more than just a setting for our historic and cultural garden. Airlie also celebrates its role as a wildlife refuge in this fast-developing coastal county. The garden is home to a great diversity of endemic, native, and migratory fauna and flora. The complex ecosystem supports life for many populations of birds, reptiles, insects, fish, shellfish, and mammals.
At Airlie our wildlife policy is to let wildlife be wild. There is no feeding or handling of animals at the Garden. Airlie staff coordinates with wildlife experts and certified professionals when necessary regarding wildlife present in the Garden. Airlie Gardens does not accept found or injured wildlife.