Pea Island Sunset
Picture by: Emily Crum, Silver Spring, MD Picture taken on: August 31st, 2010
Enjoying the view of the sunset from a kayak. Pea Island, NC. Pea Island is a National Wildlife Refuge in the Outter Banks. The area was historically used for market waterfowl hunting, commercial fishing, farming, and livestock operations. Today the refuge is comprised of ocean beach, dunes, upland, fresh and brackish water ponds, salt flats, and salt marsh. Bird list boasts more than 365 species; wildlife list has 25 species of mammals, 24 species of reptiles, and 5 species (low number due to salt environment) of amphibians. Concentrations of ducks, geese, swans, wading birds, shore birds, raptors, neotropical migrants are seasonally abundant on refuge. .Several shorebird nesting areas and wading bird rookeries are located on the refuge. Endangered and threatened species include: peregrine falcons, loggerhead sea turtles, and piping plovers.
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