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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
January 28, 2020
Photo Release: Warm Winter Weather Brings Early Emerging Leaves
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Bob Glennon

Caption: Plants at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge are
coming out of their winter dormancy early this year. Unseasonably warm weather is probably part of the reason. Leaves are emerging

one to two months earlier than usual. One of the early-sprouting plants is elderberry (Sambucus americanus) (top photo). It has compound leaves arranged opposite each other along the woody stems. It will bloom in May and the fruit will be ripe in July. Swamp rose (Rosa palustris) (bottom photo) also has compound leaves, but they are arranged alternatively on the woody stems. The flowers bloom in June, the fruit ripens in October, but it persists on the plant through the winter until birds eat it.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine 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.