North Carolina Biodiversity Project Website

“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone” Joni Mitchell famously lamented at the very start of the modern environmental movement. In the half century since then, conservation efforts have made tremendous advances but there is still a lot we don’t know, particularly about the number of plant and animal species we actually have in any one area, which species are declining and how fast, and what we can do to conserve them. This knowledge is needed more urgently now than ever, given the mounting rate of species extirpation and extinction. It also needs to be shared as widely as possible: successful conservation depends not only scientists and conservationists, but critically on a strong base of public support -- people in general need to continue to be interested in the natural world and to place a high value on its preservation.

The mission of the North Carolina Biodiversity Project is to compile and share information on the state’s multitude of species. We aim to describe all of what we have in the way of the state’s crickets, moles, ferns, salamanders, moths, mosses, damselflies, and whatever else flies, slithers, bounds, swims, creeps, or grows within North Carolina. In addition to providing lists of all the species verified to occur in the state, we also collect and share data on their distributions, phenologies, habitat associations, and conservation statuses as they exist specifically in our state.

In order to make this information as widely available and as useful as possible, we present it in a series of freely available websites and checklists. Our portal website is located at , which includes information on both our group and our individual members.  Its main function, however, is to provide a centralized set of links to our other, taxon-focused websites and checklists, as well as links to the websites of other groups that share our aims. From the Butterflies of North Carolina website originally created by Harry LeGrand and Tom Howard to the most recently added Orthoptera of North Carolina, we now have six websites up and running (some still works-in-progress). Checklists covering four additional taxonomic groups are also included and several more websites and lists are in the planning stages.

As outlined in our mission statement (see About the NCBP on our website), we hope to serve the interests of the scientific and conservation communities by providing as accurate and useful a set of records as possible. We also hope to enlist the general public as much as we can, both as a source of new information on species’ occurrences – several of our websites now allow online submission of records -- and as a critical base of support for conserving the state’s wondrous diversity of species and ecosystems. “Leave me the birds and the bees, Please”, as Joni Mitchell urged, but also the Venus Flytraps, Venus Flytrap Moths, Stygian Shadowdragons, Eastern Small-footed Bats, Rock-loving Coverts, Rock Gnome Lichens … the list is long!

Upcoming Request for Proposal: Henslow's Sparrow Breeding Ecology

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will soon issue a Request for Proposals (RFP - to be listed here) to investigate the breeding ecology of Henslow’s sparrows (Ammodramus henslowii) at its Voice of America Game Land in Beaufort County, NC. The Commission is proposing a 2-3 year study beginning Spring 2018 with the primary objective of quantifying sparrow reproductive success in relation to the use of prescribed fire.  The results of this study will be used to inform future management decisions for the species.

If you are interested or know of anyone who may be, please contact John Carpenter ( to discuss details or be notified when the RFP is issued.

Job Opportunity: Avian Conservation Biologist

The Species Conservation Planning Section (SCP) of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking to fill a Biologist III position to assist the Section’s Avian Conservation Coordinator with conservation implementation and other avian conservation issues in Florida. If interested, please see the following job posting and contact information. Job posting closes on July 19th.



Craig Faulhaber, Avian Conservation Coordinator




Upcoming Request for Proposal: Double-Crested Cormorants

In the coming weeks, The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP - to be listed here) to investigate the movement and populations of wintering Double-Crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritis) in North Carolina. The Commission is proposing a 2-year study beginning this winter to track monthly population levels, individual movements, and nest site associations. The overall purpose is to inform future management decisions for the species.

If you are interested or know of anyone who may be, please contact Scott Anderson ( or Allen Boynton ( to discuss details or be notified when the RFP is issued.

Citizen Science Association Conference 2017

Interested in citizen science and how it is being used across disciplines, geographic boundaries, and scientific fields?

Want to see the latest research, projects, trends, and experiments in citizen science?

Join leading educators, researchers, community organizations, and others interested in citizen science at CitSci2017, May 17-20th in St. Paul, Minnesota, for four days offering:

  •   440 presentations- technical talks, symposia, and posters
  •   A Project Slam competition
  •   Create Together Day- an expert-led Hackathon to enhance citizen science ideas and tools
  •   A Night in the Cloud evening event featuring segments from the new PBS documentary series The Crowd and The Cloud
  •   Opening reception at the Science Museum of Minnesota
  •   Full day of workshops
  •   Field trips, a Bioblitz, and a public Festival

Our conferences give attendees the opportunity to access new resources and build connections that take their citizen science work to the next level. When asked what they love about our conferences, people say:

“I've been networking with new people thanks to the meeting, which has resulted in my being included as a collaborator on some new grants and has improved my access to resources that others have developed.  The networking opportunities afforded by the meeting were truly excellent.”

“Becoming aware of the depth and breadth of citizen science across the many disciplines of science, from neurons to great-blue herons, from microbes to whales.  Until you literally “meet” the people doing this work, it is easy to take it for granted or underestimate it.”

Visit<> for more information and to register. Sponsor and exhibit opportunities are also available, contact<>.



Connect and share before the event: We Tweet @CitSciAssoc about #CitSci2017

Call for Human Dimensions Success Stories in Bird Conservation

Please help us by submitting your human dimensions success stories in bird conservation!

(c) Missy McGaw NC Wildlife Resources Commission

(c) Missy McGaw NC Wildlife Resources Commission

The greater bird conservation community has identified a need for human dimensions success stories to be collected, organized, and shared with the community. As such, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) Human Dimensions Subcommittee has volunteered to take on this project and we've created the following Google form to help collect and characterize the success stories where human dimensions/social science has been used to benefit bird conservation.

For the purposes of this data collection, success is defined as some sort of management, program (or approach), monitoring or conservation status change in response to considering/collecting the HD information. For example, what changed after HD information was collected?

Thank you in advance for helping us with this exciting and useful project! Authors will be contacted before success stories are posted.

The following link provides an example of how to complete the form. Feel free to submit multiple success stories by completing 1 form per success story.

Please feel free to send any papers and additional products related to your story to Ashley Gramza, NABCI Human Dimensions Subcommittee Co-Chair and National Bird Conservation Social Science Coordinator,

Job Opportunity: NC Birding Trail Technician

We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic person to serve as NC Birding Trail technician This position will help administer this ongoing statewide project. Please see the details below (or check out this pdf version):


We will employ an assistant to the Bird Conservation Biologist (BCB) to help administer the North Carolina Birding Trail (NCBT), and assist in other bird conservation projects as needed.

The primary duties this position will be responsible for engaging the public through social media, website, and at in person events. Additionally, the position with help with logistical duties related to NC Birding Trail site management and development of a new print version of the NC Birding Trail Guide. There may be opportunities for field work on various projects depending on availability and experience of the successful applicant.

The primary duties of the NCBT Assistant will be:

•         Develop content for website, social media and newsletter for NCBT (Twitter, Facebook, MailChimp/blog)

–         Prior experience managing social media in a business setting required - creativity a must!

–         Develop content for the NCBT website

•         Assist in the planning and development of a printed NC Birding Trail Guide or other promotional materials. This will be a complex, multi-partner project. The assistant’s duties may include:

–         Composing content for professional publication on websites, and in printed guide.

–         Communicating needs of the NCBT Steering Committee to graphics designers and publishers

–         Assisting with the procurement of media and graphics

–         Carrying out the needs and direction of the NCBT Steering Committee

The skills, experience, and enthusiasm of the successful applicant will determine the breadth and depth of any additional projects to work on. These may include:

•         Assist in the re-design of the NCBT website

•         Assist in the re-design of the NCBT Birder-Friendly Business Program

•         Attend/Represent the NCBT at events. The NCBT will often be present at festivals and other outdoor/bird related events. This requires engaging the public in conversations about birds and birdwatching, developing activities for younger participants.

•         Visit NCBT sites across the state

•         Assist with implementation of other activates outlined in the NCBT Strategic Plan

•         Literature review for other projects

The technician will secure his/her own housing in the Raleigh, NC area. Work will take primarily in the Piedmont, but overnight travel to various locations in the state will be required and free group housing will be provided at field locations. Work week averages 40 hours but longer work weeks may be required. A vehicle and other necessary equipment will be provided.

NC Birding Trail

The NCBT's mission is to champion conservation of bird habitat by promoting sustainable bird watching activities, economic opportunities, and education. Much of this work is carried out through publicizing the NCBT and raising awareness of the importance of habitat conservation and its connection to local economies.


$14.83/hr, full-time, 40 hours a week. A vehicle and other necessary equipment and supplies will be provided. Housing is not provided.


11-months, begin April 2017


Four-year degree majoring in either recreation, tourism, communications, wildlife, or related disciplines.

Skills & Experience

•         Required

–         Knowledge of and familiarity with birding and the birding community (North Carolina experience preferred). Applicant will not be required to be a bird identification expert.

–         Excellent oral and written communication skills.

•         Demonstrated experience composing and editing publication-worthy content for both print and online media. Ability to modify writing style to fit venue (e.g., printed guide vs. social media).

•         Knowledge of the subject matter is helpful, but of greater use is innate communicative skill, particularly the abilities to ask incisive questions and to generalize broad information both pithily and accurately.

–         Proven track record working independently and in teams, working on multiple projects, and meeting deadlines.

–         Proficiency managing multiple social media accounts and a demonstrated understanding of the content and strategy appropriate to each.

–         Expert-level proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

–         Good organizational skills, personal motivation, and a love of wildlife work are essential!

–         Comfortable writing/manipulating HTML5 & CSS and working with online content management systems (e.g., WordPress)

•         Preferred

–         Ability to identify birds of North Carolina by sight and sound

–         Experience managing and manipulating data (e.g., retrieving data from online sources, formatting for data analyses)


Raleigh, NC


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references in a single PDF document to Scott Anderson at Please include the applicant’s name in the filename. Email or call 919.707.0139 with any questions.

Deadline for application is March 31st, or until the position is filled.

Job Opportunity: Data Analysis Technician

If you or anyone you know is interested in working on bird research projects and supporting NCPIF with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, please reply to the announcement below (or see the pdf version here):


This temporary, 11-month position will assist the Bird Conservation Biologist (BCB) with new and ongoing monitoring and research projects.

This year, the focus will be on data analysis and publication of a recently-completed 4-year project, the Riparian Breeding Bird Survey, the administration of North Carolina Partners in Flight, and assistance starting a project focused on double-crested cormorants.

In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in field surveys/projects and other duties focused on bird conservation issues throughout the year. These may include participation in larger-scale efforts such as the US Nightjar Network and Breeding Bird Surveys. Depending on the desires, skills, and abilities of the applicant, there may be opportunities for leading other WRC-priority projects may be developed and executed.

Primary duties of the Piedmont BCB Assistant will be:

•         Data management, entry, and analysis for the recently completed Riparian Breeding Bird Survey field work.

–         Data management and entry

–         Assist with data analysis

–         Create presentation materials (e.g., maps, graphs, photos)

–         Literature review

–         Assist in writing a final report, potentially for publication

–         Assist in development of plan for future riparian breeding bird monitoring (potentially including a citizen science component).

•         Assist with coordination of NC Partners in Flight

–         Developing and posting website content for a periodic newsletter and on social media.

–         Develop and maintain outreach materials related to projects.

•         Assist the BCB in addressing double-crested cormorant issues. This may include:

–         Development of double-crested cormorant informational materials

–         Field work to develop protocols and meet with constituents

–         Other duties as assigned

The technician will secure his/her own housing in the Raleigh, NC area. The successful applicant will likely work out of their residence. Work will take primarily in the Piedmont, but overnight travel to various locations in the state will be required and free group housing will be provided at field locations. Work week averages 40 hours. A vehicle and other necessary equipment will be provided.


$14.83/hr, full-time, 40 hours a week. A vehicle and other necessary equipment and supplies will be provided. Housing is not provided.


11-months, begin April 2017


Four-year degree in Biology, Wildlife Biology, Fisheries, Statistics, IT, or related field.

Skills & Experience


  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of wildlife management and research, including a familiarity of assumptions of statistical techniques and the resulting requirements for data collection.
  • Strong proficiency with GIS and statistical software
    • Program R
    • ArcGIS (including GPS use, mapping data points, basic spatial analysis)
    • Expert data manipulation skills for analysis and for presentation of data
  • Expert proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access.
  • Very good interpersonal skills as we work with many partners, volunteers, and the general public
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, personal motivation, ability to meet deadlines, and work independently


  • Ability to identify southeastern birds by sight and sound. Experience conducting point counts or line transect surveys.
  • Comfortable writing/manipulating HTML5 & CSS and working with online content management systems (e.g., Wordpress)
  • Programming experience in Python
  • Comfortable working independently and responsibly in field conditions. Field conditions may range from hot, humid weather with biting insects in the summer to cold, rainy weather in the early spring and late fall.


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references in a single PDF document to Scott Anderson at Please include the applicant’s name in the filename. Email or call 919.707.0139 with any questions.

Deadline for application is April 14th, or until the position is filled.

Job Opportunity: 6-Month Waterbird Technician

Great Egret chicks on Monkey Island

If you or someone you know is interested in getting exceptional experience during a 6-month position with the NCWRC Waterbirds Investigations and Management Project, please respond to the announcement below:

Job Description: This position will assist the Wildlife Diversity Biologist (coastal waterbirds) with posting & protection of waterbird nesting habitats; preparation for & conducting standardized surveys of colonial waterbirds & shorebirds; data recording and entry into online databases; maintenance & repair of supplies & equipment; assistance with volunteer coordination; assistance with all aspects of waterbird meetings; data & literature searches; and other duties as they arise. The position requires frequent travel with occasional overnight stays. Primary responsibility will be central to northern coastal sites of North Carolina. Duty station will be a home office, ideally located in New Bern or a nearby coastal county.

Qualifications: Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Ecology, Management, or Biology; Ecology; Zoology; Marine Biology; or similar field. Ability to identify shorebirds, terns, wading birds, gulls and other waterbirds. Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, GIS software. Very good organizational skills. Conscientious data entry and management. Experience operating a boat in tidal waters, loading it onto a trailer, and driving a 4WD truck with trailer preferred. Very good interpersonal skills as we work with many partners, volunteers, and members of the public.

Compensation: $14.83/hr, full-time, 40 hours a week. A vehicle and other necessary equipment and supplies will be provided. Housing is not provided.

Duration: 6 months; begin April 2017.

Contact: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references in a single PDF document to Dr. Sara Schweitzer at

Deadline: March 31, 2017, Friday (an exception might be possible for a late submission)

NC Waterbird Management Committee & Partners Meeting Presentations

Cedar Point Tideland Trail near Swansboro, NC

Cedar Point Tideland Trail near Swansboro, NC

Every year in the late winter, Sara Schweitzer (NCWRC) gathers folks interested in and passionate about coastal bird conservation to share stories, projects, and data from the previous year. 

Couldn't make it? No worries! We post most of the presentations from each meeting (we were a little slack for 2016, though). Check them out!

Call for Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee Members

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission needs strong, science-based, leadership voices to serve on the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee (NWAC) and provide valuable feedback to the 19-member Commission on nongame species conservation (including birds).

See the website and the press release below for more information.

Members Sought for Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 7, 2017) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations through April 30 for four seats on its Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee — a board of North Carolina citizens that provides advice to the Commission on nongame wildlife conservation issues across the state.

Two seats are “expert affiliate seats.” Nominees for these seats should have extensive biological, regional, academic, scientific and/or habitat expertise and experience in matters dealing with nongame wildlife conservation in North Carolina.

Two seats are at-large “affiliate seats.” Nominees for these seats should be qualified individuals from land trusts serving North Carolina, federal natural resource agencies other than the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, non-governmental conservation organizations, industries with operations and/or management that have landscape-scale effects on wildlife, or other organizations that provide a stakeholder voice in wildlife resource conservation. Individuals should have a comprehensive knowledge of nongame wildlife conservation in North Carolina.

The Commission asks committee members to participate actively throughout their terms.  The committee meets four times a year, usually at the Commission’s headquarters in Raleigh. The 19-member board of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is scheduled to appoint committee members at its July meeting, based on the nominees’ credentials, expertise, affiliation and constituency at large.

To nominate an individual for the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee, submit a nomination form with information regarding affiliation and expertise, a résumé if available, and a cover letter. These documents can be downloaded from the Commission’s website, Click on the “Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee” icon on the home page.

While electronic submissions are preferred, hard copies may be mailed to the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee, Attn: Shauna Glover, Habitat Conservation Division, MSC 1721, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1700. Electronic nominations should be emailed to

For more information about the committee or the nomination process, call Shauna Glover at (919) 707-0064.

2017 NCPARC/NCPIF Joint Meeting Registration Extended to Friday, 3/10!

Good news!  After discussions with Kanuga, registration has been extended to next Friday, March 10th.

Registration will now close Friday, March 10th, so register now!

As a reminder, those wishing to stay Mon or Wed night should look into hotels in Hendersonville (15 mins from Kanuga; several hotels around including Red Rood Inn, Econo Lodge, etc.) or Asheville (45 mins).

Register today!  We hope to see you there!

Jeff Hall (NCPARC Coordinator)
Scott Anderson (NCPIF Coordinator)

World Seabird Twitter Conference Apr 12-14 (#WSTC3)

World Seabird Twitter Conference #3

 The #WSTC3 is coming up at in April!  We're looking forward to some great presentations.

The deadline for registration is coming up fast (end of February)!  You can get more information on the Seabirds site.

There are fabulous prizes to be won and it's 100% free to participate!

Abstracts can be registered by clicking here.

If you're new to Twitter, don't worry!  It's easy to use, and a number of quick tutorials exist on the web.  Our team can help you too if you e-mail us at

The event itself will be held from April 12 - 14, 2017 and we expect a large social reach.

We hope to "see" you there!

The WSTC3 Organizing Committee

Eighth Annual National Quail Symposium set for Jul 24-29

The University of Tennessee, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) and National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC), invite you to the Eighth National Quail Symposium, July 24-29, 2017, in Knoxville, Tennessee. The week begins with the 23rd Annual Meeting of NBTC and continues as Quail 8.

This is the eighth in the series of Northern Bobwhite symposia dating back to 1972, and since Quail III in 1992, western quail have been included. Beginning with Quail VII, the symposia series has been led by NBCI and the National Bobwhite Technical Committee. Quail 8 will feature current quail management and research, including updates and progress of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative and The Western Quail Plan.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Quail 8 editorial committee, and those deemed suitable for development as full manuscripts will be selected, with authors notified by 15 February 2016. Subsequent manuscript deadline is 1 July 2016, enabling distribution of the peer-reviewed proceedings at the meeting.

Intern Opportunity: Conservation Trust for NC

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina will be hiring an intern for the NC SeaGrant Program this Summer (May - Aug) to be located in Raleigh, NC. See the announcement for more details.

Position Summary

This position will assist North Carolina Sea Grant with developing and implementing new extension programming to enhance and restore native coastal landscaping in coastal North Carolina. NC Sea Grant provides university-based research, education, and outreach on current issues affecting the North Carolina coast and its communities. We are part of a national network of Sea Grant programs. This position will work in close coordination with extension staff.

2017 NCPARC/NCPIF Joint Meeting Registration Open!

2017 NCPARC/NCPIF Joint Meeting

Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center

April 4-5, 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 NCPARC/NCPIF Joint Meeting to be held April 4-5 at Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center in the mountains near Hendersonville.

A draft agenda is now available.  There are lots of great talks scheduled, as well as choices for 5 different workshops, and optional field trips.  You won't want to miss it!

Meeting costs and details
Regular registration includes lodging Tuesday night, dinner Tuesday night, breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, and facility fees.  Commuter registration includes dinner Tuesday night, lunch on Wednesday, and facility fees.  Regular registration double occupancy is $130 (both occupants pay this), while single occupancy is $170.  Commuter rate is $50.  There are student discounts: student double occupancy is $110 and student commuter is $40.

There's still plenty to do to make it a successful meeting , so if you would like to help, please contact either Scott or Jeff!

Register today!  We hope to see you there!

Jeff Hall (NCPARC Coordinator)
Scott Anderson (NCPIF Coordinator)

Jeff Hall (NCPARC Coordinator)
Scott Anderson (NCPIF Coordinator)

Job Opportunity: American Bird Conservancy

EJ Williams of the American Bird Conservancy is announcing a position opening at the organization:

I’m excited to announce a new position at American Bird Conservancy as part of our expanding work to achieve full life cycle conservation for migratory birds.  The position title is Assistant Director, Migratory Birds and Habitats, and we are looking for a highly motivated professional to assist with development and management of migratory bird conservation projects and initiatives in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.  For a full description and details follow this link:

If the link doesn’t work, go to our website ( and follow links to About …. Employment (look for the Blue and Yellow Macaw).

The new person will work from ABC’s headquarters in The Plains, VA and report directly to me.  Applications are requested by April 1, 2017.

Nominations Sought for 2017 Wildlife Conservation Award


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations for the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award, which recognizes individuals who provide leadership in the conservation of wildlife diversity in North Carolina.  

The Wildlife Commission will accept nominations through Jan. 31. Nominators must submit a completed nomination form and a detailed essay describing the nominee’s contributions to nongame wildlife conservation in North Carolina. Submissions that fail to follow length guidelines will be disqualified and returned to the nominator. 

Download the nomination form at Click on the “Thomas L. Quay Award” scrolling icon located at the bottom of the home page. Submit nominations by: 
•    E-mail to
•    Mail to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Division of Inland Fisheries, c/o Melinda Huebner, 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1700
•    Fax to 919-707-0028

In addition to this year’s nominations, nominations submitted in 2015 and 2016 will be considered. Nominations submitted before 2015 will be considered upon request. 

Please view the NC wildlife website for further information.

2017 NCPIF/NCPARC Meeting - April 4-5

In 2017, NC Partners in Flight and NC Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation will hold a joint meeting April 4-5 at the Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center. As sister organizations working towards coordination, collaboration, and cooperation in conservation of North Carolina's wildlife, we are looking to build an exciting agenda highlighting the strengths of each organization.

If you would like to help with the organization of the meeting or have content suggestions please contact Scott Anderson.

Check our webpage for updates.