All You Need to Know About Outer Banks Wildlife

05/01/2024 | by Emily Wells | Outer Banks Outdoor Recreation

From the enchanting skies to the vibrant waters, the Outer Banks is bursting with natural life, making it the perfect place for celebrating and grounding yourself in nature. Learn more about the wildlife that call this place home! 

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Avian Abundance 

Get a front row seat to witness the bird’s highway in the sky, known as the Atlantic Flyway. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is a prime location for spotting migratory birds, including ospreys and peregrine falcons.  

For an in-depth birdwatching experience, Native Birding Tours offers guided explorations that explore the habits and habitats of these feathered friends.  

Marine Wonders 

Take an eco-tour with Outer Banks Kayak Adventures for a chance to see dolphins or, if you’re lucky, the seasonal migration of humpback whales. The waters here are rich in marine biodiversity, offering a view into the life beneath the waves.

Land Creatures and Conservation 

On land, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund offers tours to see the wild horses of Corolla, descendants of Spanish mustangs. These tours provide not only the chance to see these magnificent animals but also to learn about their history and conservation.

Wildlife Centers and Education 

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island brings you face to face with over 200 species, including playful otters and gliding sharks. Their exhibits and programs provide insight into marine ecosystems and conservation efforts in the Outer Banks.  

Take a trip to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge to discover the unique habitats and wildlife in one of the most beautiful areas of the Outer Banks. When you need a break from the beach, their visitor center has exhibits that are fun for the whole family. Choose to drive along the 15-mile road through the heart of the refuge, kayak along the river, or hunt during certain seasons.

Embarking on Your Wildlife Journey 

Experience wildlife to the fullest during your next trip to the Outer Banks. Stay central to all these animal adventures with accommodations provided by Pirates Cove.

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