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Winter Home for Snow Geese

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Snow geese take flight over the Pungo Unit of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern North Carolina in this photo by Sam Bland.

The refuge stretches through Hyde, Tyrrell, and Washington counties, covering 110,106 acres. The 12,350-acre Pungo Unit was established in the early 1960s to provide wintering habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Large numbers of waterfowl concentrate on this relatively small area in the winter with peak numbers of more than 100,000 each winter.  Species that winter on Pungo include tundra swan, snow goose and more than 20 species of ducks including wood duck, teal, mallard and pintail.

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About the Author

Sam Bland

Sam Bland spent much of his life out in the field as as a park ranger and park superintendent at the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Most of his 30 years with the division was spent at Hammocks Beach State Park near Swansboro where Sam specialized in resource management and environmental education. He also worked from 2009-18 for the North Carolina Coastal Federation, where he helped develop programs at the education center on Jones Island in the White Oak River. He is also an accomplished photographer.