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

June 3, 2009

Take a Walk on the Wildside! Join us for a Bird Walk on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Guided bird walks offer refuge visitors a unique opportunity to view a variety of bird species up close. “The summer is a wonderful time to view birds on the Refuge,” explains Visitor Services Specialist Cindy Heffley. “Although visitors are welcome to view wildlife from the North Pond Trail on their own, expert volunteer birders offer trained eyes and a variety of information about the refuge. This is also a great way to meet other birders passing through the area.” In addition to birds, a variety of other animals are usually spotted during the walks. Throughout the summer, bird walks are held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at 8:00 am, meeting at the Pea Island Visitor Center.

Visitors of all shapes and sizes, interests and abilities, are welcome on the bird walks. “North Pond Trail is universally-accessible, and we lend binoculars to visitors who may have left theirs at home,” says Heffley. Bird walks are led by volunteers who enjoy sharing their love of birding and the Refuge.

The Visitor Center is located approximately 4.5 miles south of Oregon Inlet on Hatteras Island at Mile Post 32 on Route 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 Cindy Heffley at (252) 987-1118 or by e-mail at cindy_heffley@fws.gov.

Bird walkers with binoculars and cameras standing next to a railing overlooking the water.
Pea Island NWR volunteer bird walk leader and participants observe birds while on an overlook on North Pond Trail. Photo Credit: USFWS, Cindy Heffley.