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Alligator River
Cedar Island
Currituck
Mattamuskeet
Mackay Island
Pea Island
Pocosin Lakes
Roanoke River
Swanquarter

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
February 20, 2020
They'll Take The Plunge!
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Beverly Meekins

Caption: Caught in mid-flight in the photo below, a Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) uses the wind currents found above waves to glide along looking for good areas to fish. Once the pelican has located a potential fishing location, usually surface schools of small fish, they will fly higher and then dive straight down to swallow their catch. The height of their dives can be from over 60 feet.

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/