Tuesday was eventful.
This morning, in the office and meeting with Arizona Game and Fish Director Larry Voyles. Then on a late morning flight down to Norfolk, VA, where I made a connection with Region 4's helicopter and pilot Glenn Cullingsford. Glenn took me down to Manteo, NC, where we were joined by Refuge Manager Mike Bryant.
We overflew Pea Island NWR to see the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
I hesitate to say, see the "damage" caused by the storm, because the refuge wasn't "damaged." The human infrastructure was damaged, but the refuge is a barrier island and the hurricane is part of the natural process of ecological change and renewal.
The storm created a new inlet through the middle of the refuge, which you can see in the photo below: