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    Visitor Center Hours

    June 1st-August 16th: 9am-5pm daily. Off-season: M-F 10am-2pm. (contingent on volunteer availability)

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    Endangered species

    We have 5 threatened or endangered species: piping plover, roseate tern, red knot, Northeastern beach tiger beetle, and seabeach amaranth.

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    Seals

    Monomoy contains the largest grey seal haul-out in the United States! When viewing seals, make sure to stay at least 150 feet away.

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    Monomoy Lighthouse

    Monomoy Point Light Station and the keeper’s house, located on South Monomoy Island, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Around the Refuge

Wildlife Photography Exhibit

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Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge will host a photography exhibit featuring works from local Chatham photographer and refuge volunteer Sarah E. Devlin from October 4-14. Many of the photos on display will feature wildlife and landscapes of the Monomoy Wilderness. An artist's reception will be held at the Visitor Center on October 4 from 1pm-3pm, with refreshments provided by the Friends of Monomoy.

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National Public Lands Day

We are celebrating Public Lands Day at Monomoy! On Saturday, September 28th, join us for a day of clearing marine debris, cutting back vegetation on refuge trails, and/or carrying construction supplies to Monomoy Point Light Keepers House on South Monomoy Island. Registration is required.

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Seals in Chatham

You need a private boat to see the seals that are on the refuge right now, because they are located on the Atlantic side of South Monomoy Island, which is only accessible by boat. From May to October, Monomoy Island Ferry offers boat rides to the refuge. If you go to the Chatham Lighthouse overlook/parking lot on Main Street in Chatham around low tide and bring binoculars or spotting scope, you may be able to view seals that are hauled out on the sand bar along the left side of the harbor inlet. Another good place to see seals is the observation deck on the Chatham Fish Pier, located at 45 Barcliff Ave. Remember, seals are protected from harassment under the Marine Mammal Protection Act! Any action by you that provokes a reaction from seals is considered harassment because their natural behaviors have been altered by your presence. Please keep back at least 150 feet from seals at all times.

Statement on the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Boundary

Wind, storms and tides move sand and continually change the environment of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Its boundary, however, was set when the refuge was established in 1944. The boundary has been the subject of recent public discourse, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks to provide the public that we serve with accurate information.

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Final CCP Released

Final CCP Released

We are pleased to announce the release of the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. The 15-year management plan will guide management decisions on the refuge to accomplish refuge purposes and goals, and support the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

More details on the plan are available here.

About the Complex

Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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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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