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General Information

Description - Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge, located on Pamlico Sound in Hyde County, North Carolina. Approximately 8,800 acres are included in the National Wilderness Preservation System.

The refuge is made up of salt marsh islands and forested wetland interspersed with potholes, creeks and drains. Marsh vegetation is dominated by black needlerush and saw grass while the mainland is forested by loblolly pine, pond pine and bald cypress.

This area is an important estuarine and wilderness resource, it and the surrounding proclamation waters provide winter sanctuary for black ducks and thousands of canvasbacks, redheads and scaup. Additionally, it provides habitat for nesting osprey and colonial waterbirds and supports one of the northernmost populations of the American alligator.

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 - Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge is located on Pamlico Sound in Hyde County, North Carolina. It may be accessed off SR 45 just south of US 264.


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Contact Information:
Swanquarter NWR, Route 1, Box N-2 , Swan Quarter, NC, 27885, Phone: 919-926-4021
, r4rw_nc.mtk@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.

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