The Binocular Site
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina
Located between the Oregon Inlet and the village of Rodanthe, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 5,834 acres of coastal barrier island, and 25,700 acres of Proclamation Boundary Waters in the Pamlico Sound. It was established in 1937 as a sanctuary for wintering waterfowl.
Pea Island Refuge offers two wildlife trails open during daylight hours, year round. They provide full disabled access. Visitors can also enjoy boating, fishing, and hiking. The island's Visitor Center is open daily, year round, and visitors can schedule guided canoe tours, and obtain bird checklists. A refuge support group operates a gift shop within the Visitor Center which offers books and other educational items.
Two of the main goals the Pea Island Refuge has are to provide a resting and nesting habitat for migratory birds and waterfowl, and to provide a habitat and protection for endangered or threatened species. The best birding takes place in the fall and winter, when most birds are migrating south.
The Refuge is home to more than 365 bird species, including the red-throated loon, brown pelican, snowy egret, purple sandpiper, and the majestic bald eagle. See the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge website for more information.
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