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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 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
July 14, 2020
Buttonbush, Bumblebee & Butterflies
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Beverly Meekins (butterflies) & Bob Glennon (bumblebee)

Caption: Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) is a native wetland shrub that is blooming on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The white spherical flowers are visited by a wide variety of pollinating insects. The seeds are eaten by waterfowl. Deer browse the foliage. Buttonbush tolerates shallow flooding and is often seen with baldcypress and water tupelo trees. The top photo shows a yellow Eastern tiger swallowtail and a black with yellow, Palamedes swallowtail. The bottom photo shows a dark butterfly which is a black morph Eastern tiger swallowtail.

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 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.