Habitat restoration work begins at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Habitat restoration work will begin this week on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. According to a news release, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and contractors with Fred Smith Construction will excavate approximately 25,000 cubic yards of sand in an area behind Oregon Inlet Terminal Groin.
They will be digging sections within a 3-acre area in order to create open water intertidal pool areas for multiple shorebird species. The sand will be deposited on the upper beach adjacent to the work area. The project is expected to improve habitat quality for nesting shorebirds and water birds, and is estimated to take one to three weeks to complete.