Currituck Banks North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve
Currituck Banks North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve is a component site of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve on the Currituck Banks, north of Corolla, North Carolina. The reserve is an example of a low-salinity estuarine ecosystem, and contains a variety of habitats, including beach, sand dunes, grasslands, shrub thicket, maritime forest, brackish and freshwater marshes, tidal flats, and subtidal soft bottoms. The reserve is accessible by land and by water, but there is no boat launch.
The reserve was described in the Boston Globe as being among the coast's most beautiful nature preserves; the review noted that the reserve and surrounding area is nearly empty of people during the off-season.
The reserve is home to a wealth of birds and fish, including commercial and game fish species. The reserve allows hunting (with a registration form required), and is also listed as an eBird hotspot for birdwatching.
- Sacha Pfeiffer, "Outer Banks in winter peaceful, inexpensive", Atlanta Metro News, from Boston Globe, Feb. 7, 2007.
- North Carolina Coastal Reserve: Currituck Banks NC Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, Retrieved Jan. 24, 2010.
- eBird. 2010. eBird: An online database of bird distribution and abundance (web application). Version 2. eBird, Ithaca, New York. Available: http://www.ebird.org. (Accessed: Jan. 24, 2010).
- Currituck Banks North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve
- North Carolina Reserve: The Currituck Banks Component
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