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Swanquarter

National Wildlife Refuge - North Carolina

The Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge is located in Hyde County, North Carolina near the village of Swan Quarter. The bird species that breed on the refuge are characteristic of species that inhabit other coastal plain communities. They include warblers, nuthatches, thrashers, and blue-gray gnatcatchers. Wading birds, such as the great blue heron are common and breeding has been documented in at least one rookery on this refuge. Bald eagles and ospreys have also historically nested on the refuge and viable nests remain. The most common winter bird species are the American robin, yellow-rumped warbler, the red-winged blackbird, and sparrows. Mammalian species of black bear and white-tailed deer range over the entire refuge. The refuge is also home to american alligators.

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Map of Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Swanquarter - Map

Map of Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Fact Sheet of Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Swanquarter - Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet of Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Swanquarter NWR https://www.fws.gov/refuge/swanquarter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roanoke_River_National_Wildlife_Refuge The Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge is located in Hyde County, North Carolina near the village of Swan Quarter. The bird species that breed on the refuge are characteristic of species that inhabit other coastal plain communities. They include warblers, nuthatches, thrashers, and blue-gray gnatcatchers. Wading birds, such as the great blue heron are common and breeding has been documented in at least one rookery on this refuge. Bald eagles and ospreys have also historically nested on the refuge and viable nests remain. The most common winter bird species are the American robin, yellow-rumped warbler, the red-winged blackbird, and sparrows. Mammalian species of black bear and white-tailed deer range over the entire refuge. The refuge is also home to american alligators.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge Refuge Facts: ■ Established: 1932. Acres: 16,411. ■ Other management responsibilities: photo: USFWS ■ Swanquarter Presidential Proclamation (27,000 acres in Pamlico sound). Swanquarter National Wilderness Area (8,800 acres). photo: USFWS photo: USFWS ■ Location: North shore of Pamlico Sound east and west of the village of Swan Quarter accessible by boat only except for the Bell Island Unit (2 miles west of Swan Quarter by US Highway 264) in Hyde County, NC. Natural History ■ Most significant feature is an extensive coastal marsh which includes the Swanquarter National Wilderness Area. ■ ■ Concentrations of diving ducks (lesser scaups, redheads, buffleheads, surf scoters and canvasbacks), sea ducks, American black ducks, wading birds and shorebirds. Wading bird rookeries, osprey nesting and colonial nesting birds occur. Habitat consists of irregularly flooded brackish marsh (13,200 acres) and forested wetlands (3,200 acres). photo: Ditto Financial Impact of Refuge ■ Staff: none (administered from Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge). Bruce Freske, Refuge Manager Swanquarter NWR 38 Mattamuskeet Road Swan Quarter, NC 27885 Phone: 252/926 4021 Fax: 252/926 1743 E-mail: FW4RWMattamuskeet@fws.gov ■ 50,000 visits annually. Refuge Objectives ■ Provide habitat and protection for endangered species such as American alligators. ■ Provide habitat and protection for migratory waterfowl and other birds. ■ Provide wildlife-related recreation and environmental education for the public. Management Tools ■ Prescribed fire. ■ Mechanical/chemical control of noxious plants. ■ Education/interpretation. ■ Law enforcement. Public Use Opportunities ■ Fishing (saltwater by boat or pier). ■ Crabbing. ■ Wildlife observation. ■ Photography. ■ Waterfowl hunting. Calendar of Events January-December: fishing (best during spring and fall). November-January: Waterfowl hunting. Questions and Answers Are there alligators here? Yes, Swanquarter Refuge supports one of the northern most populations of the American alligator. What fish are commonly caught at Bell Island? Commonly caught species include Atlantic croaker, spot, weakfish, spotted seatrout, Atlantic flounder, red drum and bluefish. Can I hunt waterfowl on Swanquarter Refuge? A 6,120-acre area of marsh is open to duck and coot hunting in accordance with applicable state and Federal regulations.

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