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Information Bulletin

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
July 23, 2020
Coastal Sweet Pepperbush
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Bob Glennon

Caption: Coastal Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia) is a native shrub that grows in the wetlands of Alligator River, Pocosin Lakes, and Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuges. It does not perform well on well-drained soil, but is ideally suited for the area’s poorly-drained soils. It is normally the last native shrub to bloom in the area, but it's blooming early this year. It attracts a wide variety of butterflies and bees with its sweet fragrance. It is especially attractive to Palamedes swallowtail butterflies. Those butterflies lay their eggs on the red bay plants that grow in the area’s pocosins. The larvae eat the red bay leaves before becoming adults and feeding on local flowers.
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.