Pea Island is a birder’s paradise. The 5,834-acre refuge provides a habitat for migratory waterfowl. Enjoy trails that wander through nature and end in platforms perfect for scoping out your feathered friends. There are blinds to shoot photos a beautiful beach as well as a year-round visitor’s center where they host educational programs and guided canoe tours. The area once was used for market waterfowl hunting, commercial fishing, farming, and livestock operations.

The land and wetlands feature ocean beach, dunes, upland, fresh and brackish water ponds, salt flats, and salt marsh. More than 365 species of birds visit the refuge as well as 25 species of mammals, 24 species of reptiles, and 5 species of amphibians.

Abundant birds include neo-tropical migrants, swans, ducks, geese, wading and shore birds and raptors.

The refuge also has 1,000 acres of manageable waterfowl impoundments, shorebird nesting areas and wading bird rookeries. Threatened and endangered species that visit the refuge include peregrine falcons, loggerhead sea turtles, and piping plovers. Located on the north end of Hatteras Island, the 13 miles long and one quarter mile to 1 mile wide refuge is a local’s favorite whether seriously looking for birds or simply communing with nature.




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