pea island national wildlife refuge - least terns

Pea Island NWR was established in 1938 to preserve and protect habitat for a variety of wildlife, including sea turtles and nesting, resting and wintering migratory birds. The bird list for the refuge boasts more than 365 species, and the wildlife list has 25 species of mammals, 24 species of reptiles and five species of amphibians. Visitors can enjoy hiking, paddling, photography, wildlife education, fishing and environmental education in this refuge. Staff offers programs on wildlife, birding, canoeing and more.

Address: 14500 N.C. Hwy. 12, Hatteras Island

Phone: 252-216-9464


Hours: Daily during daylight hours.

Bird Walk Fri. at 8 a.m. Programs begin in June: Bird Walks Wed. and Fri. at 8 a.m. Turtle Talk Tues. at 2:30 p.m.; Canoe Tours Wed.-Fri.; Bird Adaptations Wed. at 2:30 p.m. Fee for some programs.


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