Photo Credit: Karen Lebing
Caption: Recently, a flock of Stilt Sandpipers landed in a shallow pond at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. They are a long distant migrant, wintering in northern South American, and breeding in the open arctic tundra of North American. Stilt Sandpipers forage in shallow water for marine invertebrates and enjoy visiting shallow muddy ponds, marshes, flooded fields, and salt pans.
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/