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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 Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
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
June 16, 2020

Hug A Tree

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Beverly Meekins

Caption: Over the years the words 'tree hugger' is a term used for various reasons. Consider the American Black Bear (Ursus americanus). if possible danger approaches, mother bears teach their cubs to climb trees and hold on. At Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge the pictured cub has climbed a tree and is hugging it until mother bear gives the all-clear signal to come down. During the pandemic crisis many people miss giving out hugs. Here's an opportunity to give hugs - hug a tree! You don't need to be in danger and you don't even need to climb.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex.
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 alligator_river@fws.gov 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.