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No matter what your talents or interests, we can use YOU as a Refuge Volunteer!
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Looking for an Internship?
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and other refuges in eastern North Carolina offer internship experiences rivaled by no others.
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Gateway to eastern NC Refuges
The National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island is open daily, year-round, is FREE, and offers the experience of a lifetime!
National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center
Pea Island Visitor Center
Open daily from 9-4, you'll always be greeted with warmth and knowledge! Visitors always tell us our volunteer staff are simply the BEST!
Pea Island Visitor Center
Monarchs Fill Reserve Skies
Our monarchs have made it past the critical winter storm period. In March they will start to migrate north.
As Temperatures Rise - Butterflies Take to the Skies!
Sneak Peek of the Refuge!
There's nothing like experiencing this refuge in person, but take a sneak peek to give you a hint of what's in store for you here!Virtual Tour of Pea Island
About the Complex
Pea Island is one of six refuges in the North Carolina Coastal Plain National Wildlife Refuges Complex.
Pea Island is managed as part of the North Carolina Coastal Plain Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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National Wildlife Refuges are for WILDLIFE FIRST! Only activities that are compatible and appropriate are authorized. Always check before you act!Rules and Regulations
Pea Island offers excellent fishing opportunities in both the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound. Permits are required for nighttime surf-fishing, and all interior waters are closed to fishing. Otherwise fishing is allowed under state law.Fishing
Several species of sea turtles nest on the isolated beaches of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Located on the northern end of their nesting range, we have fewer nests than other areas, but only time will tell the significance.Sea Turtles
American Oystercatchers are one of many species of migratory birds that spend a portion of the time on Pea Island. Learn more about American Oystercatchers!
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is a tiny piece of barrier island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina... small in size, but huge in popularity among both wildlife and people!
Last Updated: Nov 04, 2015