The refuge is part of a larger ecological landscape that has significant coastal bird and marine mammal resources. We are managing through the implementation of the Service’s North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, particularly with its focus on representative species. In an effort to promote regional partnerships to address resource management issues, share latest scientific information, and integrate conservation efforts. We collaborate with partners for resource management and participate in research on coastal resources of concern and/or the importance of coastal islands for migrating taxa, share latest scientific findings, and become better integrated with the Nantucket and Cape Cod scientific community.
The refuge provides nesting habitat for the Federally-listed piping plover, as well as the State-listed common and least tern. The refuge also provides staging area for the endangered roseate terns during their fall migration. In the past few years, we have also seen increased use of the refuge by seals. Due to the wildlife activity that occurs throughout the seasons, certain areas of the refuge are closed at times to public access in order to protect wildlife and ensure public safety.
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The federally threatened piping plover lives the majority of its life on open sandy beaches or rocky shores, often in high, dry sections away from water. They can be found on the Atlantic coast of the U.S. and Canada on the ocean or bay beaches and on the lakeshores.