- The Wildlife Refuges in North Carolina cover areas of upland forests, wetland forests, marshlands, rivers, coastal estuaries and more. These refuges provide essential habitat for wildlife and fish populations. Most were established to protect and enhance wetlands for the conservation of migratory birds; some were established to provide habitat for the Nation's endangered species.
Recreation - The goal of the refuges is to provide fishing, wildlife watching, plant life observation and enjoyment for the public. Several of the refuges offer excellent bird-watching opportunities.
Climate - North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations.
The National Wildlife Refuges in North Carolina are located in the eastern half of the state, mostly along or near the coast except for one refuge which is located in the piedmont area.