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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 9, 2020
Pileated Woodpecker
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Beverly Meekins

The Pileated Woodpecker(Dryocopus pileatus) gets it's name from the Latin word for capped or crest, referring to the bright red feathers on the top of the woodpecker's head. It's not uncommon to see these large, eye-catching birds on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Pileated Woodpeckers are insectivores, feeding mainly on termites, ants, grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, etc. But, they will also supplement their diet with nuts and berries. Enjoy a wildlife viewing drive through the refuge during daylight hours. Be sure to stay on the main roads. Because of all the rain this area has received, refuge side roads may not be suitable for driving.

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.