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

February 4, 2013

Let Nature Be Your Valentine This Year

Grab your valentine and say, "Let's go outside" and experience the excitement of a soaring eagle or the beautiful call of Tundra Swans. What better time than Valentine’s Day to fall for the wildlife and wild lands that grace two of America’s national wildlife refuges. During Valentine's week, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge has a bird walk scheduled for Friday, February 8 at 8:00 am, meeting at the Visitor Center.  And, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge offers a guided tour on the open air tram on Saturday, February 9 from 9:00 AM to Noon, meeting at Creef Cut Trail Parking area.  Both program are free.  Tram seats may be reserved for a small fee.

Whether you are a novice or expert birder, you’ll be in for a treat as your guides take you on the North Pond Trail in search for wildlife on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.  A limited number of binoculars are available for use.  No reservations required.

If you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, perhaps the tram tour would be more to your liking.  To guarantee your seats, you may register ahead of time and pay $7 per person. Children 12 and under may register for free with one or more paying adults. Unreserved seats will be filled at no charge on a first come/fist serve basis on the morning of the tour.

Please contact Cindy Heffley at 252-475-4180 or cindy_heffley@fws.gov for reservations.

Dress for the weather! Bring blankets and something to sit on since the seating surface is hard and cold.  Meet at Creef Cut Trail parking lot located at the intersection of Milltail Road and US Highway 64 east of Manns Harbor.

Whether you choose a coastal wetlands or a pocosin forest, you’ll be able to fill yourself with sweet memories without leaving Dare County. Pea Island and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuges and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invite you to give your heart to wildlife.

Winter Tram
Cold weather didn’t stop these visitors from having a great time on the refuge tram last winter.  Although critters are not as active in February as in warmer months, it’s a great time of year to experience waterfowl and enjoy the solitude of the refuge. Photo Credit: USFWS.