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Cape Romain
National Wildlife Refuge

American Oystercatchers thrive at Cape Romain.
5801 Highway 17 North
Awendaw, SC   29429
E-mail: caperomain@fws.gov
Phone Number: 843-928-3264
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Points of interest include Bulls Island and Lighthouse Island. The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, jointly operated with the Francis Marion National Forest, features natural history displays, walking trails, and a Red Wolf viewing area The refuge headquarters, Garris Landing and the Sewee Center are the only facilities accessible by automobile. The remainder of the refuge is accessible only by boat.

As migration peaks in March and April, you may see Painted Buntings, Warblers and other songbirds, and also returning shorebirds. During the fall migration in September and October, endangered Peregrine Falcons, Yellow Warblers and other songbirds move through, and wintering waterfowl arrive. The ponds at Bulls Island host most of the wintering waterfowl, with their numbers peaking in late November or early December. Also by late fall, most of the Atlantic coast's American Oystercatcher population is on the refuge. At Bulls Island, there is a two-mile national recreation trail, 16 miles of roads open for hiking and an observation blind for viewing wildlife. At the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center there are freshwater ponds, an observation blind for wildlife viewing, and a one-mile hiking trail that traverses through both upland and swamp/bottomland forest types. The Center has a live Red Wolf display. For more information, visit the Center's web site at http:/seweecenter.fws.gov.

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