What do volunteers do?
Volunteers help maintain the refuge and support wildlife management.
How much of my time is required?
The amount of time that you volunteer is up to you.
You may volunteer a few hours a week or month, or during a particular season.
Who may volunteer?
No special skills are needed to be a refuge volunteer.
However, if special skills are necessary, on-the-job training will be provided.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, or accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Where do I start?
Complete the application form and mail it to:
Volunteer Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceRhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex50 Bend RoadCharlestown, RI 02813We will contact you after we receive your application to discuss the volunteer opportunities that are available to you. All volunteers are expected to attend an orientation session and occasional training depending on how you plan to volunteer.
Volunteers help to make Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuges birder friendly (pdf)
Responding to the inadequacy of funds, a group of concerned citizens established a non-profit association to support the five National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island. The Friends are devoted to the conservation and the development of healthy habitat for flora and fauna and a safe, accessible, ecological experience for visitors. The association promotes the benefits of refuges to the local community. The Friends support numerous efforts of the Refuge staff: financing summer interns, managing the Contact Stations, assisting the invasive species eradication programs, monitoring of salt marshes and the species dependent on them to name a few.
Friends of the National Wildlife Refuge of Rhode Island website
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Numbers of native New England cottontails are decreasing because of habitat loss and competition from the introduced eastern cottontail. the eastern cottontail adapts more easily to residential and disturbed habitats than does the New England cottontail, who prefers very dense shrublands.