Photo Credit: Beverly Meekins
Caption: With a maximum lifespan of only 2 weeks, each Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) has a short time to brighten up the world. Happily this butterfly species is with us spring to fall.
Also happily with us are the amazing national wildlife refuge volunteers who help support wild lands and wildlife. And whose lifespans and thousands of volunteer hours of service far exceed the brief lifespan of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
During National Volunteer Week April 19-25, and on behalf of wildlife and wild lands, we thank all who volunteer on our national wildlife refuges year 'round. These volunteers inspire us with their caring, hard work and dedication.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) NOTICE
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.
For local conditions review the information on refuge websites and/or call ahead. At this time, the Manteo Office for the Coastal NC National Wildlife Refuges Complex is staffed for emergency calls and general information: 252-473-1131 Ext 224. Or you may email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about all refuges in eastern North Carolina.
If visiting one of our refuges, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene.