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A mother raccoon and her four cubs swim across a Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge canal.
Arrow arum is a wetland wildflower that is producing ripe berries right now on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Alligators have cool methods to regulate their body temperature
Mistflower is a native wetland wildflower that occurs on poorly-drained soils on Pocosin Lakes and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuges.
It is warbler migration time and the warblers are starting to make their way down Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, where this Northern Parula was photographed.
The Anhinga spends a lot of its time in and around water. Its long snake-like neck has produced the nickname, 'snake bird'. And a long, fan-like tail has produced the nickname 'water turkey.
Coastal Plain Joe Pye Weed is a wetland wildflower that occurs on the Alligator River and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuges.
Currently, Halloween pennant dragonflies can be found all over the marshes at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
A little black bear cub awakens in the warm, orange glow of sunrise on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.
Who really knows what an alligator is thinking? The pictured Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge alligator has a unique reflective quality
On Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, bears are active. It's a good time to remind yourself to be careful when you drive the refuge both for your safety and for the wildlife too.
Beautiful blossoms can be found on regional national wildlife refuges. While the photos were taken at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, these plants may also be found on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and other regional refuges
This summer, there are barred owls on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge exhibiting their diurnal nature. They have been frequently seen throughout the day.
Even very gregarious species sometimes need social distancing. Royal terns regularly form tight-knit flocks and are typically only territorial around the immediate site of their nest.
At Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge a black bear sow and her cub feed on a black cherry plant's berries. It might look like the mother bear is getting ready to take a bite out of a branch. But bears must know something that stops them from eating much more than the berries
There are more than 5,000 species of dragonflies. Dragonflies don't have teeth. But they do have very sharp and strong jaws. They don't typically just bite humans unless caught and defensively try to escape.
Buttonbush is a native wetland shrub that is blooming again on Pocosin Lakes and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuges.
Swamp rose mallow is a native wetland wildflower that is blooming on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Black-necked stilts are described by Cornell Ornithological Lab, All About Birding, as having "the second longest legs in proportion to its body, exceeded only by flamingos."
Bright colored flowers break up the mono-colored brown dunes along Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Indian Blanket is now in bloom.
June 20 thru the 26th was National Pollinator Week. It's a time of reminder concerning the important work moths, bees, butterflies and other creatures do to keep plants growing and reproducing.
The red-headed woodpecker's nest is made in dead trees or dead sections of living trees.
Narrowleaf Evening Primrose is a native wildflower that is blooming on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The plant grows to a height of 2 feet tall and has leaves that are 2 to 3 inches long.
Several common loons are visiting Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Common loons swim underwater to forage, mostly eating fish and shellfish.
When you explore Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge you might see a flash of blue from a blue grosbeak, or yellow from a prothonotary warbler. But when it comes to a flash of red besides a male Northern cardinal, you might see the male summer tanager.
Registration is now open for the 2022 Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival. After a two year shutdown due to the pandemic, the festival, which consists of dozens of birding, paddling, photography, art & natural history programs, is ready to host both new and repeat attendees.
Male ducks are called drakes. And some of the most stunning drakes on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge are wood ducks.
When you take time to explore Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, you might see a Blue grosbeak (top photo) or a blue Indigo bunting (bottom photo).
Barred owls are patient hunters. Even though you might be tempted to label this owl a butler, it uses the perch atop this refuge road sign to wait and watch for mice, rabbits, squirrels, snakes, frogs and other birds.
Glossy ibis is a social species that forages and roosts in flocks and colonies. Small invertebrates, worms, crabs, shrimp, insects, snakes, fish, as well as grains and seeds comprise some of their diet.
Refuge staff conducted nest box surveys for prothonotary warblers (also known as golden swamp warblers) recently at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and found the first nest of the season!
Swamp doghobble is a native flowering wetland shrub that is blooming now on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. It grows to a height of 6 feet
On Pea island National Wildlife Refuge you may see the newest residents, Canada goslings. Most of the Canada geese that are seen on the refuge throughout the winter months are migrating and have already migrated out.
Crossvine is a woody vine that is blooming now on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Its long bell-shaped flowers are used by hummingbirds.
May 1-7 is international Amphibian Week. The celebration of all things amphibian is meant to emphasize the important role amphibians play in the ecosystem and food chain. And it's also meant to bring awareness of the unique physiological nature of amphibians.
A White-eyed verio was recently seen on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.
Virginia iris is a native wildflower that occurs in the wetlands of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. It just started to bloom in front of the visitor center and along the Scuppernong Interpretive Boardwalk.
Barred owls live on Alligator River Refuge year 'round. Recently they've been seen dining on crayfish (crawdads, crawfish, mudbugs) found along the banks of the refuge canals.
Four months ago, on an icy January morning, tundra swans floated in the waters of the Pungo unit, Pocosin Lakes National Refuge. Most of the tundra swans and other migratory waterfowl headed out in February
They're not all about the bass, but they are all about the temperature. The Alligator River Refuge American alligator population gets pretty static during the winter months
Raccoons eat a wide variety of flora and fauna. They get a portion of their meals from the water. Fish, frogs, worms, crayfish, clams, turtles and snails are just some of their aquatic foods.
The name Anhinga comes from a Brazilian Indian tribe, meaning 'devil bird' or, 'evil spirit of the woods.'
What mammal likes to run, slide and swim? It grows up to 4 feet long and can stay underwater for up to 8 minutes.
The northern shoveler uses its spoon-shaped bill, which is edged with fine projections called lamellae,
Coastal Serviceberry is a small tree that blooms early in the growing season before other trees in the forest overstory have sprouted leaves

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