White-tailed deer and their speckled fawns might be spied in the meadow along Ferry Way Trail. Turkey families strut boldly along the paths, and occasionally down the road. Learn more about wildlife during the summer on our Seasons of Wildlife page.Seasons of Wildlife
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Around the Refuge
Join a ranger for a guided tour of areas of the refuge not commonly seen by the public. Learn about and see, first hand, how the Fish & Wildlife Service is managing this special landscape for conservation! By preregistration only; click the link below for a schedule of planned tours.Free Public Programs and Tours
The 1000+ acre Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge is the largest parcel of protected conservation land on Great Bay. The refuge has many habitats including oak-hickory forest, grasslands, shrub thickets, fresh and saltwater wetlands, and open water habitats where wild plants and animals thrive. Two trails provide the public with an opportunity to explore and experience this special place.Plan Your Visit
There are activities for the whole family year-round at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife observation, photography and hunting. Visit our Visitor Activities page to learn more about the refuge and our nature trails.Visitor Activities
The American kestrel (Falco sparverius), can be seen frequently seen at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Service has tried to encourage this very showy falcon by setting up nest boxes on the refuge. The kestrel may be known locally as a “sparrow hawk” and is the smallest raptor in America.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Salt marsh - Matt Poole/USFWS.
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2014