NC Wildlife Refuge Opens To Traffic To See Birds

A marshy peninsula in North Carolina's far northeast corner is open to cars usually banned from the heart of the wildlife refuge.

The public can use vehicles to reach the end of Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday. The island is the southwestern part of a peninsula which juts southward from Virginia over the state line and into the Currituck Sound.

The wildlife refuge was created nearly 50 years ago for migrating waterfowl, especially the greater snow goose. This is the peak time for snow geese, and flocks in the refuge could number more than 12,000.

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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Dec 13, 2009 at 09:07 PM
    I used to live in the SF North Bay region and there are a lot of refuge and park areas there. Most of them have some limited access by vehicle to get to a place where u can park, get out, and look around.. hike a trail, and appreciate the place. It works quite well. Limiting the hours and space that can be accessed by car is the key, and it sounds like this refuge is doing that. Im certain if they see any negative effects they will reevaluate and adjust. In the mean time, it is a good opportunity for people to connect with preservation and learn something. Donation boxes would be a very good idea as well. Most Bay area parks have those. Park entry fees, camping fees, day use fees all go to maintaining wildlife areas as well, so it's never a bad use of funds.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 13, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    I think its a good thing to open the refuge to auto traffic for the day, not many people see large flocks of geese, maybe the refuge will receive more help. A small donation should have been required to visit. Wish I had a chance to see this wonder of wild life.
  • by shame on Dec 13, 2009 at 02:34 PM
    I wish that the ban on cars would continue. Why should we add more pollution to this area and damage the health of the birds-not to mention our own?

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