Alligator River/Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
P. O. Box 1969
Manteo, North Carolina 27954

Contact: Bonnie Strawser - 252-473-1131

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News Release

April 6, 2009

Litter Pick Scheduled for Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge; other Volunteer Opportunities Available

Be a part of the SOLUTION!! Many local businesses are struggling with this sluggish economy. Warm weather finally seems to be becoming more the norm, and visitors will soon be arriving to the Outer Banks in large numbers. It's time to get the roadsides cleaned up and welcoming- especially the ones through our national wildlife refuges. Let's send a big "welcome" message to our spring visitors by doing some spring cleaning!

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Curbside Recycling have formed a partnership to clean up litter on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge along NC Highway 12 and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge along U. S. Highways 64 and 264. Recently, eleven dedicated volunteers, armed with work gloves, pick-up-sticks, garbage bags, and smiles, collected approximately 1,000 pounds of recyclables and trash along NC 12 on Pea Island Refuge. “We were able to cover 2 miles of roadside pretty quickly with Todd Phillips, owner and operator of Curbside Recycling, sorting our countless bags,” said Abbey Reibel, volunteer coordinator for the Refuge. The next scheduled clean-up is scheduled for April 13th, meeting at the intersection of highway 64/264 on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Look for the flashing yellow lights.

Reibel added, “There's a lot of volunteer work available on refuges - more than just litter pick-ups. We have countless maintenance projects, educational programs, festivals, and biological opportunities for people of all ages. The Visitor Center on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is a terrific place to volunteer, and we could really use some additional volunteers there. You get to meet new people and spend time in a beautiful, pristine environment. No experience is necessary. Mostly, you just need a love of wildlife and a few good people skills. We can teach you everything else you need to know. So give me a call and come on down.”

For more information on upcoming litter pick-ups or other volunteer opportunities please contact Abbey at 252-987-1118, or via e-mail at Abbey_Reibel@fws.gov.

Nine volunteers stand in front of a large truck piled with filled garbage bags.
Recently, eleven dedicated volunteers, armed with work gloves, pick-up-sticks, garbage bags, and smiles, picked up approximately 1,000 pounds of recyclables and trash along NC 12 on Pea Island Refuge. “We were able to cover 2 miles of roadside pretty quickly with Todd Phillips, owner and operator of Curbside Recycling, sorting our countless bags,” said Abbey Reibel, volunteer coordinator for the Refuge. The next scheduled clean-up is scheduled for April 13th, meeting at the intersection of highway 64/264 on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Look for the flashing yellow lights. Photo credit: Abbey Reibel, FWS.