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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
October 22, 2019
Photo Release: Old Field Aster
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Bob Glennon

Caption: Old Field Aster (Symphyotrichum pilosum) more commonly called White Heath Aster, is a native wildflower that occurs on the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Despite the small size of each flower, the species is very important to bees and butterflies in the late fall. The flowers give rise to small seeds that persist on the plants well into the winter. Songbirds consume them throughout the dormant season. Old Field Aster tolerates dry, infertile soils very well but is also tolerant of poorly-drained soils.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of six 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.