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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
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
September 24, 2020
Sora And National Public Lands Day
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Karen Lebing

Caption: Over the past few weeks, the Sora (Porzana carolina) sometimes called Carolina Rail, has shown up in the marshy areas of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. The Sora is a reclusive bird, spending a great deal of the time out of sight in dense marshy areas. The diet of the Sora includes snails, insects and especially seeds. Saturday, September 26, is National Public Lands Day. Visit a national wildlife refuge. They're managed for all of us, to preserve wildlife and wild lands today and for the future.

USE YOUR MANNERS and BASIC COMMON SENSE! For the safety of yourself and your family, as well as the wildlife you are viewing, ALWAYS VIEW FROM A SAFE DISTANCE! If you see a change in the behavior of the wildlife (they move away, etc), you are TOO CLOSE! And. remember: all traffic laws apply on Refuge roads. Seat belts, car seats for children, etc. - whatever is required by the State on a public highway is required on the Refuge! Learn more about tips for safety during bear encounters at http://bearwise.org/bear-safety-tips/bear-encounter/
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.