Wildlife need habitat for food, water, shelter and reproduction. Find out where wildlife lives in your area – from the mountains to the coast to your own backyard.


From high peak spruce-fir forests to low floodplain valleys, the mountainous western region of North Carolina provides specialized habitat for a broad array of biodiversity.


Eastern North Carolina is home to longleaf pine ecosystems, wetlands, maritime forests and other critical habitats for terrestrial and aquatic species


North Carolina’s classic Piedmont habitats include old fields, rock outcrops, streams and woodlands, where species diversity for some animal groups, such as amphibians, reptiles and birds, is relatively high.


Your backyard can be a wildlife habitat. Find out how.

N.C. River Basins

North Carolina River Basins
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(N.C. Environmental Education website)

N.C. Ecoregions Map