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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  • Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is located on the north end of Hatteras Island just south of the Basnight bridge. The refuge supports migratory birds and endangered species. A couple short...  more »
  • The rating might be better, however, with all the closures from COVID this refuge was a bit tough to find out information about the refuge. While driving the main road back from Buxton, it was very.....  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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