- 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).
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.