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Frequently seen at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

This summer, there have been frequent barred owl (Strix varia) sightings on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Barred owls tend to stay in one area and don’t normally migrate. While they occasionally hunt during the day, they tend to be most active from dusk to dawn.

At this time, the Manteo office for the Coastal NC National Wildlife Refuges Complex is staffed for emergency calls and general information. Call 252-473-1131 Ext 224 or email alligator_river@fws.gov for information about all refuges in eastern North Carolina.

“If visiting one of our refuges, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities,” states the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. “You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene.”

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