NC Birding Trail

The Elizabethan Gardens is one of several areas sites in the North Carolina Birding Trail. Species of interest in our gardens include: Great Crested Flycatcher, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Baltimore Oriole, wintering waterfowl. Follow this link for a complete bird listing or more information about the trail.

To encourage our fine-feathered friends, we have bird-specific houses installed in prime locations throughout the site. Informational signs about native species can also be found in The Gardens.


From our vast coastline to our high mountain peaks, North Carolina is home to a diversity of habitats that support hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. Our unique geographic setting along the Atlantic coast flyway provides both breeding and wintering grounds for many birds, making North Carolina a premiere birding destination. Yet this rich natural heritage is largely untapped as an economic resource for promoting nature-based tourism. The North Carolina Birding Trail (NCBT) will establish North Carolina as a leading nature-based tourism destination.

The NCBT is a partnership between six founding organizations:the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Audubon North Carolina, North Carolina Sea Grant, US Fish & Wildlife Service, NC State University Cooperative Extension,and the NC Parks and Recreation.

The NCBT is governed by a steering committee which includes one member from each of the six founding organizations.

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of The Elizabethan Gardens


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The Elizabethan Gardens is located adjacent to The Lost Colony's Waterside Theatre and Fort Raleigh National Historic Park on Roanoke Island nestled near North Carolina's Outer Banks. The gardens are open year-round, seven days a week except certain holidays.

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