Pea Island is one of the best locations within the United States! Birds can be seen in the many salt flats, freshwater lagoons, and in the numerous marshes located in the refuge. The refuge was established in 1938. Stop by the Refuge Visitor Center, located on the east side of North Pond, for interprestive exhibits and brochures.more
I do not know if they nested here over the winter or just resting during their migration north. I saw several flocks at the north end of the island. Besides snow geese, I saw black and white pelicans, several varieties of ducks, and egrets while driving down Pea Island. There was no particular spot, just kept my eyes open.more
North Pond Wildlife Trail is a half-mile trail which offers spectacular wildlife observation any season.The best birding is during the fall and winter. The trail is located near the Visitor Center. Most visitors walk this trail to the end - a double-level tower - and then retrace their steps to the Visitor Center and their vehicles. It is possible...more
According to NCDOT, this bridge is deteriorating severely. When the 2.4-mile span linking the northern Outer Banks and Hatteras Island was opened to traffic in 1963, its life span was not intended to reach beyond the next century. In a 1993 report, engineers estimated that the bridge had about six more years of life left.
The 2.5- mile bridge spans one of the most dynamic marine environments in the world. Other challenging issues involved the busy navigational channel within a national wildlife refuge, a fragile marine habitat and a popular national recreational area.
The link below is to an aerial photo of the bridge.
You also need to be aware that the road is bordered by shifting sand (photo 2) which may not provide a solid surface for a car.
This sign says:
"This dike system, along with the dunes, was constructed in the late 1930s and early 1940s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Wax myrtles and live oaks help to stabilize the system and provide excellent songbird habitat. Many species, including the yellow-rumped warbler, common yellowthroat, northern cardinal, rufous-sided towhee, and seaside sparror are observed here during spring and fall migrations."
These species are found from internal waters of the island to 3 miles out to sea. There is a limit to how much can be collected. The list includes: Blue Crab, Hard Clam, Eastern Oyster, Bay Scallop, Conches & Whilks, Mussels, and Shrimp.
Only the use of pole and line, rod and reel, or cast net is permitted in the Pea Island Refuge. But all along the Outer Banks, surf fishing is big.
You see signs about Charles Kuralt in various places such as the wildlife refuges and the Dismal Swamp Canal Visitor's Center. The Charles Kuralt Trail has been established to help people enjoy these wildlands and to recognize the broadcast journalist who shared the delights and wonders of out-of-the-way places like the dark backwater rivers that...more
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