Pocosin Lakes NWR is famous for its large concentrations of wintering waterfowl, including tundra swans, snow geese, and other ducks. Lucky observers may see a rare species such as a sandhill crane. The refuge’s pocosin peatlands are summer breeding habitats for a variety of neotropical migrants, including Swainson’s, Prairie, and Prothonotary Warblers.
Although waterfowl can be seen almost anywhere on Pungo during the waterfowl season (November – February), we have designated five observation areas/points that usually provide good waterfowl observation opportunities. All of the agricultural fields and moist soil units on the Pungo Unit are closed to all public entry during the wintering waterfowl season (November – February).