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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
100 Conservation Way (P. O. Box 1969)
Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-1132 

Contact Bonnie Strawser 252-473-1132 X 230 
or Steve Brumfield X 224
For Immediate Release
July 25, 2019
Photo Release: Short-billed Dowitcher
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Becky Harrison

Caption: At Pea Island Refuge, you most frequent see the Short-billed Dowitcher in the mudflats and along the impoundments. But like the two pictured, you might also see them on the beach. Their breeding plumage is on display with rufous (reddish) underparts and dense spotting. They feed on some plant seeds and tubers, but mostly focus on a wide variety of crustaceans, invertebrate, insect larvae, beetles, spiders, mosquitoes, flies, midges, snails, etc.

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/