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Visitor Activities

  • Hunting

    Hunting

    White-tailed deer hunting will be offered on the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge located in New Shoreham, RI. Permits to hunt will be administered through a lottery system.

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  • Fishing

    Fishing

    The unique habitats on and around Block Island support some of the best sport-fishing in New England. With over 300 fresh-water ponds, and the surrounding Atlantic Ocean, almost any type of fishing is available depending on the season. Typically the peak season is from early spring until late fall. Many fishermen come to the shoreline of our refuge to enjoy the tranquility and to catch striped-bass and other species.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Visitor looking through binoculars - USFWS.

    Refuge lands on Block Island are most notable for the large concentration (over 70 species) of migratory songbirds which visit the area each fall. Located in the Atlantic flyway, many young, inexperienced songbirds "overfly" the mainland and stopover on Block Island before continuing their migration. The result is a cornucopia of young migratory songbirds from a variety of different species. Block Island is internationally recognized as one of the most important migratory bird habitats on the east Coast, attracting hundreds of "birders" to the Island each fall. However, great birding opportunities occur almost any time of year because of the rare habitat that exists on the Island.

  • Interpretation

    Group on the refuge - USFWS.

    There are year-round walks and talks conducted by both volunteers and staff who are eager to share their enjoyment of nature with you. Those public programs and many more are listed on our home page under Latest News and Happenings.

  • Environmental Education

    Environmental education on the refuge - USFWS.

    At Beane Point we have a newly renovated contact station. Our volunteer/caretakers are making use of this facility to provide educational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. We present several significant public programs each year that are often use Beane Point as a base of operations, but usually branch out into other areas of the refuge. These events include a popular annual open house, and summer camps with sein-netting activities for children of all ages.

  • Photography

    Photography

    Refuge lands on Block Island are most notable for the large concentration (over 70 species) of migratory songbirds which visit the area each fall. Located in the Atlantic flyway, many young, inexperienced songbirds "overfly" the mainland and stopover on Block Island before continuing their migration. The result is a cornucopia of young migratory songbirds from a variety of different species. Block Island is internationally recognized as one of the most important migratory bird habitats on the east Coast, attracting hundreds of "birders" to the Island each fall. However, great photography opportunities occur almost any time of year because of the rare habitat that exists on the Island.

Last Updated: Jan 09, 2015
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