Imperial Centre offers wildlife tour

By Tyler Kes
Staff Writer

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The Imperial Centre is offering Rocky Mount residents a chance to return to nature this weekend with a trip to the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.

Vans will be leaving the Imperial Centre at 7 a.m. Saturday and will be returning around 5 p.m.

“It is 50,000 acres and is the largest natural lake in North Carolina,” said Leigh White, curator of education at the museum. “It is the premiere spot for the viewing of waterfowl and right now it is peak season.”

The event is open to the public, White said, and anyone under the age of 15 would need to be accompanied by an adult.

“It is a guided event, our guide is Ricky Davis,” White said. “He is a birder and a coauthor of a book on North American birds.”

Those going on the trip should check the weather before leaving, White said, because the trip will continue regardless of weather.

“The birds do not mind the rain,” White said.

The park is home to about 200 different species of birds, park assistant manager Jerry Fringeli said.

“There will be tundra swan, we probably have more tundra swan than anywhere else on the east coast,” Fringeli said. “We do get a lot of bald eagles down here during the winter.”

Snow geese, several types of ducks and birds, like ibises, will also be at the park.

The price for the trip is $23.50 for city residents and $33.75 for non-residents.

People who like to get more information can go to museum. or call 972-1167.