Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Rodanthe

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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is a national wildlife refuge located on North Carolina's Pea Island, a coastal barrier island and part of a chain of islands known as the Outer Banks, adjacent to Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The sanctuary is located 10 miles (16 km) south of Nags Head, North Carolina on NC 12.

The refuge's objectives are to provide nesting, resting, and wintering habitat for migratory birds, including the greater snow geese and other migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, raptors, and neotropical migrants, as well as habitat and protection for endangered and threatened species. Objectives also include providing opportunities for public enjoyment of wildlife and wildlands resources. Public use programs focus on interpretation, environmental education, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and fishing.

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  • Well laid out for observing a variety of birds. I think many of the groups we saw - especially the ducks and Canada geese- were migrating. Perhaps they were already in their winter homes. We...  more »
  • It was hotter than we expected for this time of the year, but we took a walk out along the boardwalk to see if any of the water fowl were near the banks. No. There were a great many birdwatchers...  more »
  • The shelling here was absolutely bonkers. I truly appreciate the 8 foot deep 'hole of death' that you can stuff your lobsters in. There was a man.....
  • I quite enjoyed the visit to Pea Island. Many sticks everywhere. Much beach. Very island. There was man...

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