Photography

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Photography opportunities are endless at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge:  from shooting photos of a black bear with her cubs as they forage and feed on sweet cane along the roadside, to tens of thousands of migrating waterfowl, to a leaping white-tailed deer as it darts into the forest, to a snake that has slithered out of a canal to sun itself on the road next to a canal, to a sunset over the Scuppernong River from our boardwalk. With a little patience and a cell phone or digital camera, and extra memory card, any visitor can discover limitless possibilities to capture the beauty of the refuge.

The majority of the refuge’s 20,000 to 30,000 wildlife observers and photographers generally visit the Pungo Unit. This area of the refuge is known for its large concentration of wintering waterfowl and a dense population of black bear. The Pungo Unit has an elevated observation platform overlooking Pungo Lake, which the Service built in 1977, and replaced in 2004. The unit also contains several moist-soil units and impoundments that provide food and a resting place for wintering waterfowl.

The interpretive trail located on the Scuppernong River in Columbia is another area that may be used for observation and photography. Neotropical migratory songbirds and wildflowers are plentiful here during the spring and summer.