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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pea Island, a National Audubon Important Bird Area with at least 265 different species regularly seen, is one of the best birding destinations on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Thousands of Snow and Canada Geese, large populations of Tundra Swans, and about two dozen duck species winter at this 5,915-acre refuge. Migrating shorebirds include Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, American Oystercatchers, Red Knots, Least Sandpipers, Dunlins, and Sanderlings. A variety of raptors, including Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons, pass through the area during fall migration. The refuge road is equipped for easy viewing with several pullouts, observation platforms, and footpaths to the beach. A short, self-guided nature trail and a longer (4-mile) walking trail traverse the North Pond impoundment.

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Activities: 
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • paddling
 

 

 

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