John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge at Pettaquamscutt Cove
Northeast Region

John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge at Pettaquamscutt Cove - List of Representative Species of Wildlife and Plants

For additional lists of refuge species, click on Appendix A: Trust Resources and Other Species and Habitats of Management Concern from the plans (CCPs) for our refuges.


Many species of plants, including:
  • salt meadow grass (Spartina patens)
  • salt marsh cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora)
  • spike grass (Distichlis spicata)
  • saltwort (Salicornia sp.)
  • sea lavender (Limonium nashii)
  • black oak (Quercus velutina)
  • poison ivy (Rhus radicans)
  • red maple (Acer rubrum)
Invasive Species:
  • Common Reed (Phragmites australis)
  • Asian bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
For more information on invasive species and control efforts on our refuges, please click on Invasive Species: Partnering with Landowners to Control the Spread of Invasive Plants on the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.


The following are examples of some of the species found on this refuge:
  • American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
  • saltmarsh sharptailed sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus)
  • mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
  • Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)
  • Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
  • Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)
  • Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
  • Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
  • Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
  • Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
  • Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
  • Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)
  • Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
  • Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
  • American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
  • Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora pinus)
  • White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
  • Piping plover (Charadrius melodus)
  • Least tern (Sterna antillarum)
  • veery (Catharus fuscescens)
  • wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
  • eastern meadowlark(Sturnella magna)
Invasive Species: For additional information about the birds on our refuges, please go to our Birding Resources and Plover Program pages in the Quick Links drop-down menu above.

Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Mammals

Formal surveys for these species on this refuge are being planned.


28 fish species and 5 shellfish species, including the largest run in Rhode Island of the following:
  • alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus)

Last updated: January 10, 2012