Photo Credit: Beverly Meekins
Caption: Dragonflies are beautiful and amazing little flying creatures. They begin life in water. There as eggs they hatch into little efficient eating machines and live in water for 1-3 years. They feed on small fish, tadpoles and various insect larvae (including mosquitoes). In turn the dragonfly is a food source for birds, frogs, fish & lizards. Once they mature and leave the water they can fly up to speeds of 35 mph! You'll find dragonflies on all of our regional national wildlife refuges.
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/