Photo Credit: Karen Lebing
Caption: Maybe one or two White-winged doves a year are seen in the area. This bird, seen on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, might otherwise be found in southern Florida, southwestern U.S. or Mexico.
Note of Interest: In support of healthy ecosystems, this is National Pollinator Week. David L. Bernhardt, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior said, "I call upon the American public to join us in recognizing the importance of pollinators (bees, bats, beetles & butterflies) and the stewardship role the Department plays in providing valuable pollinator habitats throughout the Nation."
Check out the summer season schedule of Guided Interpretive Programs
Some are free and some have a fee. There are van, tram, canoe, turtle and bird tours plus other activities for a wide range of ages. It's educational fun for the whole family!
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/