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

September 29, 2011

Fall into Nature During National Wildlife Refuge Week: October 9-15, 2011

Celebrate America’s great outdoors and thrill your senses with a visit to Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge during National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 9 - 15. If you’ve visited before, you know that soul-stirring sights and sounds await. If you’ve never had the pleasure, now is the perfect time to see what you’ve been missing. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge remains closed until the NC Department of Transportation is able to restore access on NC Highway 12; but, we can focus our celebrations on other national wildlife refuges in eastern North Carolina until Pea Island is reopened!

Here’s what we have planned on Alligator River to help you celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week:

Saturday, October 8 from 9 AM– noon join us for a FREE scavenger hunt aboard our open-air tram. Dress for the weather. Consider bringing a blanket or pillow to sit on for your ride. Meet at the Creef Cut Trail Parking Lot located at the intersection of Hwy 64 and Milltail Road in East Lake.

Sunday, October 9 from 6 AM – 6 PM stop by the platform at the corner of Milltail and Sawyer Lake Roads and help participants with the 2011 Big Sit. This annual event is held all over the country. “Sitters” count the different species of birds they see and/or hear while sitting in one spot. You don't have to be an expert birder to participate. We'll have birders there who can help you identify things you see. But, the more eyes we have, the more birds we'll see. This would be a great chance to get some one-on-one help with learning to identify birds and make some new friends. Join them for an hour or two or just swing by to say hello!

Saturday, October 15 from 6 PM – 9 PM come out and learn about the endangered Red Wolf during a FREE Red Wolf Howling Safari. After a brief introduction, join staff as they take you behind-the-scenes near the Red Wolf captive facility to listen for the call of the wild. Meet at the Creef Cut Trail Parking Lot located at the intersection of Hwy 64 and Milltail Road in East Lake. Participants will use their own vehicles for the trip to the captive facility.

Alligator River refuge belongs to a nationwide network of federal lands – the National Wildlife Refuge System – dedicated to the protection of wildlife habitat and wildlife species. The nation’s 553 national wildlife refuges and 38 Wetland Management Districts not only protect the nation’s natural resources, but also offer a range of wildlife-dependent recreation.

National wildlife refuges play a critical role in preserving America’s rich wildlife legacy. Without wildlife refuges’ important conservation work, the country would lose many species of plants and animals that help clean the air, filter the water, pollinate crops and help people understand their place in the natural world.

Each year, more than 44 million Americans discover the wonders of nature by visiting a wildlife refuge. There is at least one wildlife refuge in every state and one within an hour’s drive of most major cities. For more information about National Wildlife Refuges, to go:

To sign up for the Big Sit! or for more information, please contact Cindy Heffley at 252.475.4180 or by e-mail at