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

October 1, 2012

Spread Your Wings During National Wildlife Refuge Week!

Your national wildlife refuges are waiting to be explored! Treat yourself with a visit to Alligator River and Pea Island refuges during National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20. Refuges are open from sunrise to sunset. Join us for a tram tour, bird walk, red wolf howling, or a fun visit to see the new exhibits at the new National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center. Come and "Spread your Wings!"

We will kick-off the celebration early on Saturday, October 13 with a tram tour at Alligator River refuge from 9:00 AM to Noon. Hop on board the refuge tram and be ready to count the critters that call the refuge home. Or just sit back and enjoy the ride as you feel the autumn air while listening for sounds of nature. Due to popularity of our three-hour monthly off-season tram tours and the driving distances involved for many of our participants, you may now reserve your spots! To guarantee your seats, you may register ahead of time and pay $7 per person. Children 12 and under may register free with one or more paying adults. Unreserved seats will be filled at no charge on a first come/first serve basis on the morning of the tour. Please contact Cindy Heffley at 252-475-4180 or Cindy_Heffley@fws.gov for reservations. Meet at Creef Cut Trail located on Milltail Road and HWY 64 west of Manns Harbor.

After the tram tour, stop by the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center located near Ft Raleigh on Roanoke Island. You’ll discover what lies in the wilds of coastal North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. See if you can find all the critters in the life-like diorama. “Fly” over the refuges while hearing what makes each one special. Watch a multi-sensory film in the Buffalo City Theater and relive the history of the area. From 2:00 PM-4:00 PM visit our auditorium where you can “spread your wings” against the life-size silhouettes of birds both large and small. Talk to a staff member or volunteer and find out how you can join the many Americans working to protect and preserve the nation’s natural resources. You can be part of all that, right here in your own backyard!

Later that evening at 6:00 PM, learn about the endangered red wolf while participating in a special Red Wolf Howling to celebrate Wolf Awareness Week. After learning about the Red Wolf Recovery Program at Alligator River refuge, follow your guide for a journey to the heart of the refuge for an adventurous attempt to hear our captive red wolves. No reservation is required. Meet at Creef Cut Trail located on Milltail Road and HWY 64 west of Manns Harbor.

Each morning, October 17 through 19, join our expert volunteers for a guided bird walk at Pea Island refuge. From 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM each morning, you will be able to take a casual stroll on North Pond Trail to meet our resident and migratory birds. Whether a beginner or expert, you are sure to enjoy the beauty and variety of birds and other wildlife you will see. Many birders have added to their life lists at Pea Island refuge. Meet at the Pea Island Visitor Center near MP 32.

Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges are a proud part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a nationwide network of public lands set aside to protect wildlife. The nation’s 557 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts offer Americans wonderful opportunities to fish, hunt, hike or observe fascinating creatures in the wild. By preserving America’s rich wildlife legacy, refuges benefit us in many ways. The plants and animals they sustain help clean our air, filter our water, pollinate our crops and remind us that we are part of the natural world. Without refuges, local communities would also lose jobs and businesses that depend on refuge tourism. For more information, contact Cindy Heffley at 252-475-4180 or Cindy_Heffley@fws.gov. Consider volunteering by contacting Tracey Rock at 252-473-1131 or Tracey_Rock@fws.gov.