It’s one of the most exciting times of the year, with the state’s famed birds arriving in droves to feed on the wildlife that has been thriving on the coastline since the 1800s.
But now, thanks to a new legislation, some of the species will soon be heading to the US mainland.
One species of hummingbird, the northern peregrine falcon, has been designated a migratory species, meaning that it will be able to cross the border with Canada in the coming months.
There’s another species of falcon that is also being relocated to North Carolina.
And the species of black-footed ferret, also known as the American ferret or the Great Pyrenees ferret and often referred to as the black-tailed hawk, will be heading north soon.
“These species will be arriving in North Carolina,” says wildlife biologist Mike McCauley of the North Carolinian Raptor Research Centre, which oversees the state bird population.
This picture shows a female Great Pyreese falcon nesting in the nest of the male Great Pyresque falcon. “
So, we’re looking forward to the arrival of the first of these species.”
This picture shows a female Great Pyreese falcon nesting in the nest of the male Great Pyresque falcon.
The legislation passed in North Carolinia, North Carolina, was passed in the spring.
It allows the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to regulate the migratory birds and set standards for the birds that they must follow.
The regulations also set a minimum age requirement of two years for the species to be released and allow for restrictions on breeding.
In the event that they do not arrive in North America, the migrating species will remain in North American habitat until they have passed the state-level requirements.
While there’s no way to predict when the state birds will arrive, McCauly says he expects it to happen by the end of the decade.
“I don’t know if they’ll be arriving by spring or summer or fall,” he says.
“The DNR is not planning to wait until summer or winter, as we have seen in the past, so we’re not worried about that.”
He adds that the legislation is likely to be challenged in court.
“There are many challenges that could be raised on behalf of these birds,” he explains.
“We need to get the legislation approved by the North American Bird Treaty Commission.”
“The bill will also help protect migratory and breeding birds, but will also encourage people to come and see the state wildlife at its best, as the state has done with a lot of the other birds that have been released from captivity over the past couple of decades,” says Tom Smith, the executive director of the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a wildlife conservation group.
“It’s very exciting to see these species returning to the area.”
In April, the conservation group released a new video highlighting some of its favourite raptors.
Here are some of our favourite birds in the area, in case you want to take a look yourself: