Contact: Bonnie Strawser - 252-473-1131
Photo credit: Michael Halminski
Pea Island Refuge's trails offer scenic overlook views of North Pond, where a variety of bird species nest and forage throughout the spring and summer months. The public is invited to participate in free expert-lead walks on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings at 8:00 am April through October.
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Expands Bird Walk Schedule
Bird Walks are offered at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on Friday mornings throughout the year; however, the Refuge will expand its Bird Walk schedule in April to include Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Bird walks offer refuge visitors a unique opportunity to view a variety of bird species up-close. “April is a wonderful time to view birds on the Refuge,” explains Wildlife Interpretive Specialist Ann Marie Chapman. “We are in the middle of the shorebird migration, but we still have some waterfowl sticking around from the winter.”
Visitors of all shapes and sizes, interests, and abilities are welcome on these programs. “Our North Pond Wildlife Trail is universally-accessible, and we lend binoculars to visitors who may have left theirs at home,” adds Chapman. Bird Walks are led by local members of the Cape Hatteras and North Banks Bird Clubs, who volunteer their time to share their love of birds and the Refuge. Pat and Neal Moore, long-time leaders of the Friday Bird Walks, are at the Refuge, rain or shine, every Friday throughout the year. Refuge staff are continually amazed by the dedication and perseverance of volunteer birders!
So, beginning April 1, Bird Walks are held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. at the Pea Island Visitor Center. The Center is located on Hatteras Island at Mile Post 31 on NC Highway 12. Walks typically last an hour and a half, depending on how many species are seen on the trip. For more information about the walks- or additional programs to be offered throughout the summer- call Ann Marie Chapman at (252) 987-1118 or by e-mail at AnnMarie_Chapman@fws.gov.