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Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge
879 Lola Rd.
Cedar Island, NC

(252) 225-2511

Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge consists of 14,480 acres predominantly irregularly-flooded brackish marsh along with some pocosin and woodland habitat.  The refuge is located on the south shores of the Pamlico Sound in Carteret County, North Carolina.  It was established in 1964 under the Migratory Bird Conservation Act to protect and conserve migratory birds and other wildlife resources.  Waterfowl numbers are highest in late fall and winter.  The most common waterfowl at this time are redhead, canvasback, scaup, bufflehead, scoter, ruddy duck and red-breasted merganser.  Other waterfowl include green-winged teal, northern pintail and mallard.  The marsh provides nesting habitat for American black ducks and rails, including the black rail, a species of management concern.  Other wildlife are white-tailed deer, black bears, river otters and numerous wading birds, shorebirds and songbirds that migrate through or nest on the refuge.  Opportunities available to the public include wildlife observation and photography, hiking, waterfowl hunting, picnicking and two boat launching ramps.  One ramp is located under the Monroe Gaskill Bridge on Hwy 12 and the other ramp is located at the end of Lola Road.  Be forewarned, mosquitoes and biting flies can be numerous any time of the year, especially during warmer weather.  For additional information call Cedar Island NWR (252) 225-2511 or the administrative office at Mattamuskeet NWR (252)926-4021.

 

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