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  • Closed to the Public

    All Service-owned lands at Mashpee NWR are officially closed to public access until its comprehensive conservation plan is completed.

What's Happening

Service proposes to work with willing landowners to conserve lands on Cape Cod

January 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.

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About the Complex

Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The complex is comprised of eight refuges.

Mashpee is managed as part of the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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

  • Entrance Closed

    The entrance to Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge off Red Brook Road on to Great Hay Road is closed to vehicle traffic until further notice due to a washed out water control structure.

  • Ekip Passes

    Ekip logo

    Every Kid in the Park Passes can be purchased only at Great Meadows NWR or Assabet River NWR in Sudbury, MA

  • New England Cottontail

    New England cottontail - USFWS.

    The Service and our partners are always working to improve the chances of survival for the New England cottontail. Visit our Wildlife & Habitat page to learn more about the cottontail and to read the most recent updates on its progress.

    Wildlife & Habitat
  • Osprey Nest

    Osprey in flight - USFWS.

    The Friends of Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge recently repaired an osprey nest near your house! Learn more about ospreys, their nests and how you can get involved by viewing the notice below.

    Nest Repair Notice
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2016
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