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Habitat restoration work begins at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge habitat restoration for migratory birds begins.
US Fish and Wildlife Service
NC Department of Transportation and contractors begin work moving sand to improve habitat quality for migratory birds.

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.

Meredith Radford is a News Reporter for Public Radio East. She studied at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a degree in Journalism and Political Science. Born and raised in Eastern North Carolina, Meredith is excited to cover the area and contribute to the community. When not out reporting, she enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking as well as baking.