Each summer the refuge offers unique internship opportunities - such as serving as an island steward in Branford, Norwalk or Greenwich, or working with endangered birds at Falkner Island in Guilford - that are of interest to people who want to gain experience in the natural resources field. The internship that are currently available are listed below.
Volunteers provide many essential tasks that assist staff at the refuge in carrying out their diverse mission. From office work such as filing and cleaning, to building kiosks and bird boxes, to mowing lawns, giving interpretive tours and operating boats, the service that volunteers provide is tremendous. Individuals can as much or as little time as they wish, from a few hours a month to several full days each week.
Anyone interested in becoming a new volunteer may call the refuge headquarters at 860-399-2513.
The refuge is lucky enough to have several official Friends Groups to serve as advocates and as partners.
The group that works to support and raise awareness for the entire refuge is the Friends of Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.
Additionally, the following groups are associated with units of the refuge:
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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.