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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
September 3, 2019
News Release: NC National Wildlife Refuges Prepare for Hurricane Dorian
Rebekah Martin, Project Leader for the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges, announces the following closures and notices:

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge: Beginning this morning, Tuesday, September 3, Pea Island Refuge is closed to all public entry.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge: Beginning Wednesday morning, September 4, Alligator River Refuge is closed to all entry. The National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Roanoke Island is closed today and will remain closed until the evacuation is lifted and road conditions are safe.
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Currituck National Wildlife Refuge: Beginning tomorrow morning, Wednesday, September 4, Currituck Refuge is closed to all public entry.

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge: Beginning Thursday morning, September 5, Mackay Island Refuge is closed to all public entry.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge: Beginning TODAY, Tuesday, September 3, the Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center (Walter B Jones Center for the Sounds) and the Red Wolf Center will be closed.

Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge: Roanoke River Refuge remains open for all authorized activities.

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge: Beginning TODAY, the Mattamuskeet Visitor Center is closed. Beginning Thursday morning, Thursday, September 5, the entire refuge is closed to all entry.

Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge: Beginning tomorrow morning, Wednesday, September 4, the Bell Island Pier and Swanquarter Refuge is closed to all public entry.

Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge: Beginning tomorrow morning, Wednesday, September 4, Cedar Island Refuge is closed to all public entry.

Remember, regardless of weather, national wildlife refuges are open daylight hours only. These closures will remain in effect until further notice. Please follow us on Facebook @USFWS.NC for regular updates.

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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/