There are events year-round at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Check out our program calendar to find one near you!RI Complex Program Calendar
About the Complex
The refuge totals 409 acres on the coast of Rhode Island.
Ninigret is managed as part of the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
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
- February 12, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on a proposed beach access fee structure for those wishing to visit Sandy Point Island in Little Narragansett Bay. The Service is finalizing a lease for the island, and is working in collaboration with the Avalonia Land Conservancy, Inc., who owns the Island, and the Stonington Community Center who has issued beach access permits for the island in the past. Public comments regarding the proposed fee structure will be accepted through March 10, 2015.Click here for the full press release
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated a collaborative project in Rhode Island as an urban wildlife refuge partnership, acknowledging the efforts of many partners to connect Providence youth and families with nature where they live and work.Learn more
There are activities for the whole family year-round at Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge including fishing, kayaking, hunting, wildlife viewing and photography. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more!Visitor Activities
Volunteers are an important part of the work that happens at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Assignments include greeting visitors, leading tours, invasive species management and many others. Check out our Get Involved page to learn more.Get Involved
The federally threatened piping plover is a small, stocky, sandy-colored bird resembling a sandpiper. The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band across the forehead from eye to eye, and a black ring around the base of its neck. Like other plovers, it runs in short starts and stops. When still, the piping plover blends into the pale background of open, sandy habitat on outer beaches where it feeds and nests.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2015