Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is 152,000 acres managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The refuge consists primarily of wet swamp forest and pocosin with smaller areas of slightly drier habitat including pine forest and mixed pine-hardwood forest. It is virtually surrounded by water, with the Alligator River, Albemarle Sound, Croatan Sound, and Pamlico Sound bordering all but the southwest corner.
Habitats: Swamp forests, pine forests, mixed pine-hardwood forests, pocosins, salt marshes, farm fields. Key birds: Summer: Anhinga; Chuck-will’s-widow; Whip-poor-will; Black-throated Green, Prothonotary, Worm-eating, Swainson’s, and Hooded Warbler; Blue Grosbeak; Indigo Bunting. Winter: Tundra Swan; Golden and Bald Eagle; Rough-legged Hawk; Black Rail; Short-eared Owl; Sedge Wren; Horned Lark; American Pipit.
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