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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
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
April 18, 2019
Photo Release: Calling All Citizen Scientists!
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: R. Harrison

Caption: Calling all citizen scientists! We need help this monitoring season reporting sightings of any American oystercatchers, piping plovers, or Wilson’s plovers. We are helping partners of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission with their statewide census of American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover this year. If you see these state species of concern or the threatened piping plover, please let us know! Please record the location, date, number of each species, and any other information you think would be helpful in locating the bird(s). If you’re not sure on the identification, if possible try to get a photo. Some birds may have colored bands with alphanumeric codes. Also, reporting the color or code of the bands, is very useful in helping track the birds. We begin to see chicks with breeding pairs starting in late May. Please keep your distance and try not to disturb or distract the parents from tending to them. Chicks are very vulnerable to predators. This includes dogs, gulls, coyotes, raccoons, and cats. Sighting information and photos can be emailed or texted to Refuge Biologist, Becky Harrison at or 252-423-1839. Thank you for being our eyes and ears on the refuge!

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.

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