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Alligator River
Cedar Island
Mackay Island
Pea Island
Pocosin Lakes
Roanoke River

The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society is the official non-profit support group for National Wildlife Refuges in Eastern North Carolina Information below was released by USFWS and is available on their website at #NCRefuges News 
National Wildlife Refuges in North Carolina
Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuge Complex - Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
100 Conservation Way (P. O. Box 1969)
Manteo, NC 27954

Contact Bonnie Strawser 252-473-1132 X 230 
or Steve Brumfield X 224
For Immediate Release
February 18, 2020
Red Maple
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Bob Glennon

Red maples are medium sized trees that are in bloom on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. They bloom very early in the year before the last killing frost. They bear immature seeds by mid-April and mature seeds by the end of May. The seeds are eaten by songbirds, squirrels, and deer. The soft wood develops cavities that are used by songbirds, bats, owls, raccoons, opossums, and wood ducks. Red maple is well-adapted to the refuge’s poorly-drained saturated soils. It occurs in forests with both pine trees and hardwood trees.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available.