The primary mission of the refuge is to protect and enhance habitat for wildlife such as migratory birds, native plants, pollinators, endangered and threatened species, etc. Visitors are asked to help us do this by enjoying low-impact recreation - such as trail walking, wildlife viewing, photography - in a responsible way.
Please remember that the following are prohibited on the refuge:
Other regulations that help to protect habitat and keep our visitors safe are also in effect.
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Did you know that there is a native cactus in Connecticut? Yes, Opuntia humifusa or the prickly-pear grows in all eastern states except Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Although it is rare and listed as a species of special concern in the state, you can find it on several units of the Stewart B. McKinney NWR.