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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

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    The refuge allows gun hunting for deer on the Pungo Unit by special permit only and issues a limited amount of applications.

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    Wildlife Observation

    Bear and deer can often be observed along refuge roads or feeding in farm fields in the Pungo Unit.

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    Walter B Jones Sr Center for the Sounds

    Stop by the Refuge Visitor Center for warm, friendly greetings and current information. (open 9-4, Fri-Sun, April though November.

Take A Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Tour of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife 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 Pocosin Lakes

About the Complex

North Carolina Coastal Plain National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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Pocosin Lakes and five other refuges make up this diverse complex which spans from the barrier islands in the coast to the hardwood swamps of the Roanoke River.

Pocosin Lakes is managed as part of the North Carolina Coastal Plain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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Featured Wildlife

  • Migratory Birds


    Pocosin Lakes is a great place for birding. Fall and winter are the best times for waterfowl numbers, but there are incredible birding opportunities year round.

  • Black Bear


    Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge has what is believed to be one of the largest concentrations of black bear found in the southeastern United States. Limiting factors on black bear on the refuge have been identified as the amount of blackgum mast, habitat disturbance, and availability of escape cover. (photo courtesy of Beryl Ivens)

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  • Tundra Swan


    Tundra Swans breed in the high tundra across the top of North America. On the refuge, they reside in the moist soil units and the lakes and forage on cropland on and around the refuge. They stay in large flocks when they are in the area. Tundra swans feed on aquatic plants found in shallow water by immersing their head and neck. They primarily feed on wigeon grass, sago and clasping leaf pondweeds and wild celery, but also utilize waste corn and soybeans) and winter wheat shoots.

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  • We manage habitat!


    Many young people think Wildlife Biologists handle baby animals all day. On the contrary, our claim to fame is we manage DIRT! Often, the closest we get to wildlife is seeing tracks or scat they leave behind... or feathers!

    Resource Management
Last Updated: Dec 03, 2015
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