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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
April 2, 2019
Photo Release: Coastal Serviceberry - An Early Bloomer
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge - Coastal Serviceberry
Photo Credit: Bob Glennon

Caption: Coastal Serviceberry (Amelanchier oblongifolia) is a small tree that blooms early in the growing season before the trees in the forest overstory have sprouted leaves. It only occurs in wetland forests and its white flowers are on display along U.S. Route 64 on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and along the Scuppernong Interpretive Boardwalk on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Serviceberry is a member of the rose family and its fragrant flowers attract large numbers of bees. It will bear fruit in early April before any other fruit is available to wildlife.

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.