Fact Sheet of Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).
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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge Refuge Facts ■ Established: 1964. Acres: 14,480. ■ Wildlife observation. ■ Location: the refuge is approximately 40 miles northeast of Beaufort, NC by U.S. Highway 70 and NC Highway 12 along the conﬂuence of the Pamlico and Core Sounds, located in Carteret County, NC. ■ Photography. ■ Waterfowl hunting. ■ Two boat ramps. photo: USFWS ■ Natural History ■ Refuge’s main feature is an extensive, relatively undisturbed coastal marsh. Concentrations of diving ducks (lesser scaups, redheads, canvasbacks, bufﬂeheads), sea ducks, American black ducks, black rails, wading birds, and shorebirds. Shorebird and osprey nesting occurs on beaches, islands and points. ■ Habitat consists of irregularly ﬂooded brackish marsh (11,000 acres) and forested wetlands (3,480 acres). photo: USFWS photo: USFWS ■ Financial Impact of Refuge ■ Staff: one employee (administered from Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge). photo: Mike Hopiak ■ Bruce Freske, Refuge Manager Cedar Island NWR 38 Mattamuskeet Road Swan Quarter, NC 27885 Phone: 252/926 4021 Fax: 252/926 1743 E-mail: FW4RWMattamuskeet@fws.gov Public Use Opportunities ■ Fishing (saltwater). 20,000-30,000 visits annually. Refuge Objectives ■ Provide habitat and protection for endangered species such as American alligators and piping plover. ■ Provide habitat and protection for migratory waterfowl and other birds. ■ Provide wildlife-related recreation and environmental education for the public. Management Tools ■ Prescribed ﬁre. ■ Law enforcement. Calendar of Events January-December: saltwater ﬁshing. November-January: waterfowl hunting. Questions and Answers What is the common marsh grass that is readily seen as you travel down Highway 12 through the refuge? Black needlerush. This vast expanse of black needlerush provides habitat for rails, crabs, and other important wetland species. Can I hunt waterfowl on Cedar Island Refuge? Waterfowl hunting is permitted on 400 acres of marsh designated as a Public Hunting Area. Federal and state regulations apply.