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    Have a WILD time!

    No matter what your talents or interests, we can use YOU as a Refuge Volunteer!

    Become a Refuge Volunteer

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    Experience our Wildlife Drive

    The Murphy Peterson Wildlife Drive offers incredible experiences in wildlife viewing year-round

    Murphy Peterson Wildlife Drive

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    Gateway to eastern NC Refuges

    The National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island is open daily, year-round, is FREE, and offers the experience of a lifetime!

    National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center

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    Looking for an Internship?

    Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and other refuges in eastern North Carolina offer internship experiences rivaled by no others.

    Learn More about Internships

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    Monarch butterflies are arriving in Mexico and settling into their winter homes at places like El Rosario and Chincua Butterfly Sanctuaries.

    Learn more about their journey.

Sneak Peek of the Refuge

Take a VIRTUAL TOUR of all things REFUGE!


Using your smart phone, a regular phone or your computer, take virtual tours of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Take a Virtual Tour!

About the Complex

Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex

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Includes Alligator River, Pea Island, Pocosin Lakes, Mackay Island, Currituck, and Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuges

Alligator River is managed as part of the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

Learn more about the complex 

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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News & Refuge Happenings

  • 2016 News Releases and Newsletters

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    Follow this link for access to the latest news releases and other current refuge information. You'll love our quarterly newsletter, WINGS. It's full of colorful photos and articles about all that happens on the refuges.

    2016 News Releases and Newsletters
  • Recent Bird Sightings

    eBird Trail Tracker

    eBird Trail Tracker ... Discover and report recent bird sightings on the refuge using Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird Trail Tracker.

    eBird Tracker
  • Interpretive Programs

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    Tram tours ($10) & Red Wolf Howlings (Free) Call 252-216-9464 for dates & details.

    Printable Program Schedule
  • Wings Over Water


    Wings Over Water Encore 2016 - December 9-11. Information and registration 252-216-9464. Experience the wildlife and wildlands of eastern North Carolina! Join us! Wings Over Water 2017 dates- October session 17-22nd. December WOW Encore 8-10th. 2017 registration opens in May. Keynote speaker, World Big Year Birding record holder, Noah Strycker.

    Wings Over Water
Page Photo Credits — Prothonotary Warbler by Jeff Lewis
Last Updated: Jun 17, 2016
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