• 48°

Seaside sparrow: Salt marsh dweller

A salt marsh dweller, the seaside sparrow (Ammospiza maritima) spends a good portion of life in lower altitudes, such as grasses, shrubs and even on the ground. There it will search for spiders, seeds, marine invertebrates and insects in the dirt and mud and on nearby plants.

These seaside sparrows were seen at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. For local national wildlife refuge conditions, review the information on refuge websites and/or call ahead.

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.

seaside sparrow

Karen Lebing photo, courtesy USFWS

READ ABOUT MORE NEWS AND EVENTS HERE.

RECENT HEADLINES:

Young owl on the mend

Duck Fire Chief Donna Black sworn in as IAFC second vice president

Currituck

Currituck 4-H program helps with weekend meals for students in need

News

First female Senate majority leader elected in North Carolina

Lifestyles

No turning back: How living in a van has led John Demer to extraordinary places and people

Lifestyles

Giving back to the sounds by recycling for reefs

Hyde

Christmas concerts with David Roach set in Columbia, Swan Quarter and Plymouth

Crime

Man gets prison time for false bomb threats made to schools

News

Gaddy Endowment Fund donates $100k to Manteo Middle School

News

Man dies after 50-foot fall in North Carolina state park

News

15-year-old boy dead, brother injured in North Carolina campground fire

Hyde

Portion of NC 12 on Ocracoke Island closed, standing water on NC 12 on Hatteras Island reported

Lifestyles

Checks presented to non-profits at Dare BOC meet

Lifestyles

Blood drive set for Tuesday and Wednesday in Kitty Hawk

News

Weekly North Carolina gas price update

Crime

Currituck man charged in Camden County and Elizabeth City armed robberies

News

Man shot by police after traffic stop in North Carolina

Crime

Police: Man charged with attempted murder in North Carolina machete attack

News

Manteo commissioners approve zoning text amendments, hear Town Common update

News

Dare Board of Commissioners takes steps to finance projects

Lifestyles

Rough-legged hawk: Rare visitor to the refuge

News

Governor’s school supply drive underway

Crime

Police: 65-year-old man found in Rocky Mount suffered multiple stab wounds

Crime

Police investigate fatal shooting near North Carolina baseball field

News

North Carolina man uses part of lottery win for Thanksgiving dinners

News

Tourism Board discusses next step for Event Site