About Blue Ridge Audubon

Blue Ridge Audubon (formerly the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, serving Buncombe, Henderson, and surrounding counties in the mountains of western North Carolina. 


We are the only NC Audubon chapter that manages a wildlife sanctuary.

We host monthly bird walks at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary and other local birding spots. Our programs, held seven times per year at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus, are free and open to the public.

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to protect birds and the places they depend on. We believe that a world in which birds thrive is a world that benefits all living things.

Our vision is a vibrant and just community where the protection of birds and our natural world is valued by everyone.

BRAC works closely with Audubon NC to support the initiatives of the National Audubon Society. For more information about the work of Audubon NC, contact Kim Brand (email; (336) 391-9614).

What We Do

Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary © Jay Wherley

Our chapter proudly manages this wildlife sanctuary in north Asheville. A boardwalk allows visitors to observe birds and other wildlife in several different habitat types.

Wood Thrush © Will Stuart

Blue Ridge Audubon is involved in many ongoing conservation projects, ranging from shade-grown coffee to bird-friendly gardening and more.

Birders at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary

Join us for informational programs and bird walks at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary, Jackson Park, and other sites in western North Carolina.