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Alligator River
Cedar Island
Mackay Island
Pea Island
Pocosin Lakes
Roanoke River

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

Contact Bonnie Strawser 252-473-1132 X 230 
or Steve Brumfield X 224
For Immediate Release
May 21, 2020
Turkey Vulture Traffic Control
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Beverly Meekins

Caption: Maybe their favorite carrion is past their roadblock around the corner? Maybe we could take their road stance as a good reminder to slow down and drive with care as we look for wildlife on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge? These Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) would make good traffic controllers if there were a brace of ducks or gaggle of geese crossing the road. Turkey Vultures aren't the prettiest bird on the refuge. And their call is not a sweet melodic bird song either. But Turkey Vultures are an important part of the food chain and ecological composition of the refuge. And while they wobble a little when they glide overhead, there is a little bit of majesty to their large wings spread out as they ride the wind.

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 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.