What's HappeningJanuary 19, 2016
In response to decreasing wildlife populations, conservationists have called for more protected and managed shrublands. To address this, the Service has worked with partners to propose the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge. A draft plan is available for review and comment through March 4, 2016. If it is approved, the Service would work strictly with willing sellers as funding is available.Learn more
About the Complex
Chafee National Wildlife Refuge consists of 550 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
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
And the final numbers are in! For the 2015 piping plover nesting season, USFWS managed sites in Rhode Island protected a total of 74 mated pairs, which in turn fledged 94 chicks. Rhode Island has seen a significant increase in pair numbers within the last decade, and is a true testament to the effectiveness of piping plover recovery and management. A great collaborative effort helped ensure this year's success!Click HERE for the final numbers for the 2015 Piping Plover nesting season for USFWS managed sites in Rhode Island
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
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: Jan 22, 2016