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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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

  • Urban Oases Project

    Children running - USFWS.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the Urban Oases project in the New Haven Harbor Watershed as an Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. Learn more by visiting our Urban Oasis Project page below.

    Urban Oases Project
  • The Islands

    Beach at Calf Island

    The 10 units of Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge include a variety of habitats from grassy upland to tidal salt marsh. Though many refuge units are small in acreage, their importance to wildlife, especially migratory birds, is enormous.

    Learn more about the units that make up the refuge.
  • Visitor Activities

    Photography at Salt Meadow

    There are activities year-round at Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and hunting. Visit the Visitor Activities page to learn more.

    Visitor Activities
  • Hurricane Sandy

    Hurricane Sandy damange

    Several of the refuge's units sustained damages from Hurricane Sandy. Wildlife habitat and visitor use facilities were impacted at Calf Island, the Norwalk Islands, Great Meadows, Outer Island, Falkner Island and at Salt Meadow. To find out the open/closed status of refuge units, call 860-399-2513 for updates.

    Hurricane Sandy Damage
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2015
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