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If you are looking for colorful, easy to see birds, then Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is the place to be. The refuge is home to the second largest wintering population of harlequin ducks on the Atlantic coast. The harlequins, named after the clowns they resemble, can be seen along the refuge’s rocky shoreline between November and March each year. By scanning the coastline, visitors may also see loons, eiders, and gannets. More than 200 bird species visit the refuge seasonally, and other occasional migrating travelers include the peregrine falcon, northern harrier, as well as snowy and short-eared owls.
Walking the nearly 3 miles of trails around Sachuest Point offers visitors the opportunity to experience several habitats where interesting animals and plants can be observed and photographed. The refuge includes 40 acres of salt marsh lands and steep rocky shorelines around the perimeter. Most visitors enjoy year-round birdwatching, and elevated observation platforms along the trails provide unobstructed views of the refuge. A short distance away at Third Beach is our recently restored salt marsh habitat, a new birding "hotspot" and a favorite of birders and non-birders alike. In addition, Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for its fantastic saltwater fishing, and has an active night fishing permit system.
A stop at the visitor center is an ideal way to begin or end a trail walk. Volunteers, staff, and creative exhibits are available to visitors and provide another way to explore Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge.
Kettle Pond Visitor Center and headquarters located in Charlestown, RI, celebrates Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge and all of the other refuges in Rhode Island (Ninigret, Trustom Pond, John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge at Pettaquamscutt Cove and Block Island) This facility contains enticing interactive exhibits, a gift shop, classrooms for special events, and knowledgeable people where visitors can come and explore the refuges and learn about the wildlife and coastal environments of each refuge. See what Kettle Pond Visitor Center has to offer by visiting our headquarters site here: http://www.fws.gov/ninigret/complex.
Looking for more pictures of our refuges? We have created sets of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photos at Flickr for your enjoyment. Please visit the following link to the Kettle Pond Visitor Center photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsnortheast/sets/72157622751363943/
Additional photos from our refuges can be found at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Digital Library, http://www.fws.gov/digitalmedia