Birders and their feathered friends flock to Airlie throughout the year, attracted to the Gardens’ bird-friendly habitat. The public, along with Airlie’s educators, have observed over 170 bird species of bird in the garden, attesting to Airlie’s honor of being named a Coastal Plain site on the North Carolina Birding Trail. The visiting species vary seasonally, but it is common to see more than thirty species during one morning. Waterfowl, woodland birds and migrants are common. Check out Airlie’s Bird List to see what birds come to 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.