Photo Credit: Beverly Meekins
Caption: Seen and heard regularly on Alligator River Refuge, the Barred Owl normally sits high in trees overlooking its territory. Mostly active at night, Barred Owls eat a wide variety, ranging from other birds, to fish, mice, squirrels, snakes and other reptiles, amphibians & mammals. The Barred Owl's name derives from the horizontal brown color bars of feathers across the upper breast.
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/