White ibis among the pinecones
Published 6:09 am Friday, August 30, 2019
Where you see one, you’ll usually find more nearby. White ibis are social, colonial birds. They may been seen at Alligator River (shown) and Pea Island Refuges as well as on lawns parks, fields and other national wildlife refuges across the region.
The diet of the white ibis ranges from crabs, crayfish and worms to fish, frogs, lizards, snails and more. For safety and sleep, the white ibis takes refuge in trees.
Registration is now open for the 22nd annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, set for October 15-20. The festival features over 85 birding, paddling, photography, natural history and art activities. For more information, visit https://www.wingsoverwater.org/.
The National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island is open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Visit https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Alligator_River/ for more information.