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General Information

Description - Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge was established as a wintering area for the greater snow goose and other migratory waterfowl. The refuge is located on the north end of Hatteras Island, a coastal barrier island and part of a chain of islands known as the Outer Banks.

These islands are separated from the mainland by a series of marshes and sounds up to 25 miles wide. Pea Island is midway on the Atlantic Flyway and is a much used feeding and resting area for many species of wintering waterfowl, migrating shorebirds, raptors, wading birds and neotropical migrants.

The 13 miles of ocean beach provide nesting habitat for loggerhead sea turtles, piping plover and several species of terns and gulls. Peregrine falcons occur regularly during migration and bald eagles are occasionally seen.

The refuge is an important wintering ground for snow geese, Canada geese, tundra swans and more than 25 species of ducks. The diversity and abundance of bird life explain Pea Island's reputation as a "birder's paradise." The bird list includes 265 species that occur regularly and 50 species that are accidental.

The refuge receives 1.75 million visitors annually.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 44 degrees Fahrenheit (7 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures range above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 Celsius). The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 48 to 52 inches (122 to 132 centimeters).

Location - The refuge is located on the north end of Hatteras Island, a coastal barrier island and part of a chain of islands known as the Outer Banks. It may be accessed from SR 12 either south of Kill Devil Hills or north of Cape Hatteras.


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Contact Information:
Pea Island NWR, P.O. Box 1969 , Manteo, NC, 27954, Phone: 919-987-2394
, r4rw_nc.all@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Coastal Region - Throughout history, the coastal regions of the globe have been major attractions. North Carolina's Coastal Region is no different. With its mild climate, this beautiful eastern region of the state entertains millions of guests all year.
New Bern Area - New Bern is the second oldest town in North Carolina. It was settled in 1710 at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers by German and Swiss immigrants who purchased the land from the Tuscarora Indians. They supported themselves by shipping tar pitch and turpentine to New England, England and the West Indies. Shortly thereafter, New Bern became the state's first capitol and the center of politics.
North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges - The Wildlife Refuges in North Carolina cover areas of upland forests, wetland forests, marshlands, rivers, coastal estuaries and more. They provide fishing, wildlife watching, bird-watching, plant life observation and enjoyment for the public.

Links:
Pea Island NWR - Official agency website

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