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Mackay Island: Events Calendar


01/01/2015 at 7:00 PM: Monthly Meeting Dates

Knotts Island Ruitan Senior Center.
We will be meeting at the Knotts Island Ruitan Center, 126 Brumley Road, Knotts Island, NC 27950

General Member Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00PM.
Annual Meeting is held on the first Monday in December.

January 14
February 11
March 11
May 13
July 8
September 9
November No meeting scheduled


01/31/2015 at 7:30 AM: Wood Duck Box Cleaning

Mackay Island NWR.
Annual cleaning of Wood Duck nesting boxes. We will be launching the boats at 8:00 AM. The clean out of the boxes are to prepare for this years nesting brood of baby Wood Ducks.


02/21/2015 at 7:30 AM: Live Oak Point

Refuge Maintenance Building.
We will begin at 8:00AM.
Live Oak Point clean up is going to take a full day with a large group of helpers. We need gloves and pruning shears or anything that can cut vines. If you have any of these tools, please bring them with you. We will have water and drinks along with the food available. If you can bring a side that would be great.


03/14/2015 at 7:30 AM: Causeway Road Clean-Up

Refuge Visitors Center.
We are meeting at the Refuge Visitors Center and will start work at 8:00 AM.

The Knotts Island Ruritans will be providing lunch at the Park.


03/21/2015 at 7:30 AM: Refuge's Visitor Center Flower Bed Clean-up

Mackay Island NWR Visitor Center.
We will begin work at 8:00 AM.
We will be removing all old mulch and replacing it. Replanting native species and flowers. We hope to finish in a full day.
We will have snacks, drinks, and lunch. If you can to bring a side that would be great.


04/18/2015 at 7:30 AM: Observation Deck Staining

To Be Determined.
To Be Determined...
We will pressure wash decks prior to staining but, we have not set date or time for washing.


06/27/2015 at 8:00 AM: Knotts Island Peach Festival

Knotts Island Ruitan Park.
Knotts Island Peach Festival is June 27 & 28 2015


12/09/2016 at 6am: December 2016 Open Roads

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge.
The Mackay Island NWR will be having open roads from 12/09/2016 thru 12/11/2016. this will be one of your best times to see the wintering waterfowl on the impoundments.

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge will “Open Roads” December 9-11, 2016

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge Manager Mike Hoff announced today that Open Roads Days will be held daily from sunrise to sunset December 9-11, 2016. The public will be able to drive the roads normally closed to vehicular traffic around the refuge impoundments at the end of Mackay Island Road. This opportunity will allow visitors to observe and photograph the abundant waterfowl that frequent the refuge this time of year. Refuge staff will monitor road conditions during the event. If road conditions begin to deteriorate due to heavy rainfall and traffic the event may be cancelled early. The Refuge headquarters area will remain closed during this event. Activities may include hiking, bicycling, fishing, and wildlife observation and photography. The refuge speed limit is 15 mph and visitors are asked to park in safe, suitable locations. Vehicles must remain on the roadway in the newly constructed areas of Live Oak Point. The Open Roads areas are located 1.0 and 6.2 miles south of the NC state line on Hwy. 615, Knotts Island, NC and are marked by a large brown refuge sign. Knotts Island may be reached by traveling south on Princess Anne Road from Virginia Beach, VA or by taking the free ferry from Currituck, NC.


02/18/2017 at 07:30am: Wood Duck Box Clean -up

Maintenance Shop.
We will be cleaning out the Wood Duck Boxes and collecting hatchbdata. We will meet at 7:30am at the shop to get gear put into the boats and get teams together. Please dress to be in the outdoors on the water if you have not been before the temperature is about 30 degrees lower then outside temperature.
Glasses,Gloves, Putty Knife and Boots are recommended. Bring a Friend if you know someone that would enjoy this as waterfowl sighting will be at the highest level of the season.
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