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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 29, 2019
Photo Release: Burst of Fall Color
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Bob Glennon

Caption: Narrowleaf or Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) is a native perennial wildflower that is blooming now on the moist soil of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The plants grow to a height of 6 to 10 feet and the leaves are narrow as the name implies. The leaves are up to 8 inches long and less than 1 inch wide. The flowers are 2 to 3 inches in diameter. They are one of the last plants to bloom in the growing season. Because they bloom so late, they are important to pollinating insects. The seed will mature before the tops of the plants are killed by frost. Songbirds feed on the mature seeds.

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.