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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
July 7, 2020
Pickerelweed
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Bob Glennon

Caption: National Pollinator Week was June 22-28 and was designated as such to celebrate the hard-working insects that help plants produce seeds, fruits and the next generation of plants. Even if you missed National Pollinator Week, you can appreciate beautiful plants and helpful insects any week of the year.

Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) is blooming on the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The plants occur on shorelines, ditches, and herbaceous wetlands. They tolerate shallow flooding, but are not drought tolerant. The plant is 2 to 3 feet tall and has flower spikes 6 inches long. Its heart-shaped leaves are up to 12 inches in length. Pickerelweed attracts a wide variety of pollinating insects.

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.