Credit: Karen Lebing
Caption: Black Simmers have returned to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. These uniquely colored birds fly along the water's surface. With lower bill in the water they snag small fish, securing the catch by snapping their top bill closed. Black Skimmers' beach nesting habitat is disappearing as shoreline property is increasingly developed for housing and coastal activities.
Visit National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Open 7 days a week 9 am-4 pm Mon-Sat & Noon-4 pm Sun. Admission is free. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Alligator_River/
USE YOUR MANNERS and BASIC COMMON SENSE! For the safety of yourself and your family, as well as the wildlife you are viewing, ALWAYS VIEW FROM A SAFE DISTANCE! If you see a change in the behavior of the wildlife (they move away, etc), you are TOO CLOSE! And. remember: all traffic laws apply on Refuge roads. Seat belts, car seats for children, etc. - whatever is required by the State on a public highway is required on the Refuge! Learn more about tips for safety during bear encounters at http://bearwise.org/bear-safety-tips/bear-encounter/