Once a Millener’s Dream

By on January 13, 2022

Two Snowy Egrets at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo credit: Karen Lebing)

Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society

In the late 1800s and early 1900’s the woman’s hat industry (millenery) was in the process of plucking snowy egrets out of existence. There was such a demand for egret feathers to adorn hats that no concern was given to protecting the species. Fortunately for egrets and other plume-hunted birds, legislation was passed that protected them from further eradication and they escaped extinction. The pair of snowy egrets shown here were recently photographed at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge by Karen Lebing.

Make reservations to ride the Alligator River Refuge open-air tram tour. Next scheduled tram tour is Saturday February 5, 9-11 am. $10/person. Call 252-216-9464 for details and reservations.

Learn more about the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center (located on Roanoke Island) and the national wildlife refuges represented here.

Follow USFWS in North Carolina Facebook page.

Follow Friends of NCRefuges – Alligator River, Pea Island, and more Facebook page.




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