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CoastLine: Birds Wintering In The Cape Fear, Parrots As Pets, And Stinky Vulture Defenses

SkyWatch Bird Rescue

Despite the chilly, gray January weather, it’s actually a decent time to see winter birds that don’t make their home in the Cape Fear region year-round.  We explore which birds are moving through the area…

And you can walk into a pet store and buy a parrot – despite the opinion of some bird experts that not only should it not be so easy to procure such a complicated bird, but parrots shouldn’t be bred as there are too many that need currently need a home.

And we’ve all heard the stories about Hurricane Florence damaging homes, shuttering businesses, and slowing down economic growth in the short-term for the Cape Fear region – but what happened to the coastal bird population? 


Lindsay Addison is a coastal biologist with Audubon North Carolina.  She studies pelicans, egrets, herons, terns, skimmers, sand pipers, marsh birds, oystercatchers, ibises, and other coastal water birds.  

Amelia Mason is Founder and Director of Skywatch Bird Rescue, a local nonprofit that cares for injured, orphaned and misplaced birds.  SkyWatch also seeks to rehabilitate birds and either place them in sanctuaries or return them to the wild. 

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Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.
Rachel is a graduate of UNCW's Master of Public Administration program, specializing in Urban and Regional Policy and Planning. She also received a Master of Education and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and French Language & Literature from NC State University. She served as WHQR's News Fellow from 2017-2019. Contact her by email: rkeith@whqr.org or on Twitter @RachelKWHQR