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White-tailed deer - Greg Thompson/USFWS.

White-tailed deer and their speckled fawns might be spied in the meadow along Ferry Way Trail. Turkey families strut boldly along the paths, and occasionally down the road. Learn more about wildlife during the summer on our Seasons of Wildlife page.

Seasons of Wildlife

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

  • Free Public Programs at Great Bay!


    Sign up for FREE ranger-led tours of the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge. To see the latest monthly schedule, clink on the link below.

    Free Programs in December, 2015
  • A Very Special Place

    Nature photographer - Matt Poole/USFWS.

    The 1000+ acre Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge is the largest parcel of protected conservation land on Great Bay. The refuge has many habitats including oak-hickory forest, grasslands, shrub thickets, fresh and saltwater wetlands, and open water habitats where wild plants and animals thrive. Two trails provide the public with an opportunity to explore and experience this special place.

    Plan Your Visit
  • Visitor Activities

    Peverly Pond Trail - Matt Poole/USFWS.

    There are activities for the whole family year-round at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife observation, photography and hunting. Visit our Visitor Activities page to learn more about the refuge and our nature trails.

    Visitor Activities
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Salt marsh - Matt Poole/USFWS.
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2014
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