Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 838-0883

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Across Taylor's Creek from Beaufort are the islands of Rachel Carson National Estuarine Reserve, which are an ideal destination for birding. The Reserve can be reached by boat or ferry, a quick trip across Taylor's Creek from Front Street in Beaufort. 

More than 200 species of birds have been observed at the site, which is located within the Atlantic Migratory Flyway. Many species are considered rare or decreasing in number. The site is an important feeding area for Wilson’s plovers in the summer and piping plovers in the winter. The shrub thicket of Middle Marsh supports an egret and heron rookery. 

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  • 200+ species of birds
  • Egret and heron rookery