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There are events year-round at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Check out our program calendar to find one near you!

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About the Complex

Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The refuge totals 242 acres on the coast of Rhode Island.

Sachuest Point is managed as part of the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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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

  • Public Comments Sought on the Sachuest Bay Resiliency Project

     2015 Sachuest Bay Resiliency ProjectSeptember 24, 2015

    The public is invited to provide any comments related to implementation of the Sachuest Bay Resiliency Project in Middletown, RI. In response to Hurricane Sandy, the Department of the Interior made funding available from the Disaster Relief and Appropriations Act to enhance and improve the resiliency of coastal areas and communities from future storms. Working together, the Town of Middletown, Aquidneck Land Trust, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Center for Ecosystem Restoration, the Preservation Society of Newport and others developed the Sachuest Bay Resiliency Project, which has received $2,289,680.00 in federal funding through a competitive grant process. Comments must be received by October 26, 2015.

    2015 Sachuest Bay Resiliency Public Comment News Release
  • Piping Plover Nesting Season 2015

    Piping Plover on Third Beach 2015 by Rey Larsen

    And the final numbers are in! For the 2015 piping plover nesting season, USFWS managed sites in Rhode Island protected a total of 74 mated pairs, which in turn fledged 94 chicks. Rhode Island has seen a significant increase in pair numbers within the last decade, and is a true testament to the effectiveness of piping plover recovery and management. A great collaborative effort helped ensure this year's success!

    Click HERE for the final numbers for the 2015 Piping Plover nesting season for USFWS managed sites in Rhode Island
  • Weed Warrior Wednesdays

    Weed Warrior 2015

    Starting in June 2015, the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex is launching its volunteer Weed Warrior program with the goal of maintaining healthy National Wildlife Refuges by identifying and eradicating invasive plant species. Invasive plant species can decrease the success of native plants, birds, and other wildlife characteristic of Rhode Island. Volunteers and staff will be meeting at a designated refuge each week and will be removing invasives from 10am until 2pm. If you are unable to meet at 10am but would still like to come for an hour or two, this is an option as well!

    Click here for a full list of Weed Warrior events taking place this Summer!
  • Maidford Salt Marsh Restoration - Draft Project Description

    Maidford River Salt Marsh Restoration Map

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to restore salt marshes, coastal dunes and related resources within and adjacent to the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) in Middletown, RI. The proposed action is necessary to preserve and restore fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, public use and public safety. These resource functions are being lost and degraded due to natural and anthropogenic factors, including sea level rise, severe coastal storms and water pollution.

    Click Here for more information on the Draft Project Description
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Sep 24, 2015
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