There are events year-round at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Check out our program calendar to find one near you!Program Calendar
About the Complex
Chafee National Wildlife Refuge consists of 554 acres.
John H. Chafee is managed as part of the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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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.
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Around the Refuge
In December 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Narrow River Estuary Resiliency Restoration Program. This EA was developed to evaluate a proposal to restore estuarine and salt marsh habitats in the Narrow River Estuary (estuary), in the towns of South Kingstown and Narragansett, Washington County, Rhode Island. Much of the project area is located within the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge. The proposed restoration is needed to restore and enhance salt marsh and estuarine conditions, and to increase the ecological resiliency of the estuary in the face of sea level rise, climate change, increased coastal storms, and other natural and anthropogenic trends and impacts. This need was made apparent by the impact of Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. Click Here for the full Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact, and Appendices
Wildlife Wednesdays presentations will take place every Wednesday from June 17 through August 19 (or 26), at 7:00 PM, at one of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Visitor Centers:
► Kettle Pond, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, Rhode Island
► Sachuest Point, 769 Sachuest Point Road, Middletown, Rhode IslandWildlife Wednesdays 2015
Join the USFWS as we launch into the Spring and Summer seasons with a new monthly lecture and film series for the third Friday evening of each month in March, April, May and June. This series is designed to present new, inter-generational, ways to connect with nature, as well as an introduction to thought provoking conservation topics. These programs are free and open to the public. click here for more information on the Naturally Curious Lecture Series 2015
There are activities year-round at John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge including fishing, wildlife viewing, kayaking, photography and environmental education. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more.Visitor Activities
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow
This songbird relies on the high salt marsh meadow habitat for cover and nest building. Often, it scurries through the grass like a mouse or vole. When sharp-tailed sparrow nests are damaged by high tides, the most successful sparrows rebuild them. Look for this species in the spring through the summer.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015