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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 - Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
100 Conservation Way (P. O. Box 1969)
Manteo, NC 27954

Contact Bonnie Strawser 252-473-1132 X 230 
or Steve Brumfield X 224
For Immediate Release
August 27, 2019
Photo Release: New York Ironweed
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Bob Glennon

Caption: New York Ironweed is a native wetland wildflower that occurs on Pocosin Lakes and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuges. The plants are more than 6 feet tall and bear purple flowers that are very attractive to bees and butterflies. The flowers mature into fluffy seeds that persist o the plants until songbirds pick them off during the winter. It only occurs on wetland soils. Butterfly shown is most likely an, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, frequently mistaken for a Spicebush Swallowtail.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of six national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available.