Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region

About Us

Spanning nearly 800 acres on the Southern Coast of Rhode Island, the refuge protects the state's only undeveloped salt pond. From upland forests to a 1.5-mile barrier beach, the varied habitats in Trustom Pond support more than 300 bird, 40 mammal,and 20 reptile and amphibian species. A stronghold for the threatened piping plover, the refuge is home to several other rare species including osprey and least terns.

In 1974, in honor of her husband, Alfred Hudson Morse, Mrs. Ann Kenyon Morse donated 365 acres to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, esstablishing Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge. In 1982, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island donated an additional 115 acres containing barrier beach habitat, and important nesting area for the threatened piping plover. Today, the Refuge includes 787 acres of diverse upland and wetland habitats that support migratory birds and a variety of other wildlife.

The establishment purposes for Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge are:

“... for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds,” and for

“(1) incidental fish and wildlife oriented recreational development;
(2) protection of natural resources; and
(3) conservation of endangered or threatened species.”

– Migratory Bird Conservation Act of 1929 and Refuge Recreation Act of 1962

Together with volunteers and the Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island, Refuge staff manage these habitats for wildlife, lead nature walks, and conduct environmental education classes. For more information, please see the Management and Visitor Opportunities sections in the link options on the left.

Kettle Pond Visitor Center and headquarters located in Charlestown, RI, celebrates the Trustom Pond Refuge and all of the other refuges in Rhode Island. This facility contains interactive exhibits, displays, a sales area, classrooms for special events, and knowledgeable people where visitors can come and explore the refuges and learn about the wildlife resources and coastal environments of each refuge. For more information on Kettle Pond Visitor Center go to

Black and whiite map showing property boundaries of Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, a few of the major streets, and the hunting area.
Last updated: January 10, 2012