Around the Refuge

New England Cottontails Released at Ninigret NWR

New England Cottontail

On September 17th, 2019, the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex released seven New England Cottontails (NEC) at Ninigret NWR, in coordination the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southern New England Coastal Program, the State Division of Fish and Wildlife, the University of Rhode Island, and many others. “New England cottontails were last documented at Ninigret NWR in 2005, and since then, only eastern cottontails have been detected during annual surveys, so this is a very momentous occasion,” said refuge biologist Nick Ernst. The 350-acre release site is ranked as the most suitable location in the state for NEC, and the dense shrubland will provide optimal food and cover.

News Release - NEC Release at Ninigret NWR

2019-2020 Refuge deer hunting information

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White-tail deer hunting is allowed by refuge permit only. Permits will be available beginning October 15. Refuge-specific hunting regulations will be implemented to facilitate a safe and quality hunt that incorporates the safety and concerns of the general public as well as refuge neighbors.

Click here for more information on white-tailed deer hunting at the Ninigret NWR

Visitor Activities

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There are activities for the whole family year-round at Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge including fishing, kayaking, hunting, wildlife viewing and photography. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more!

Visitor Activities

Get Involved

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Volunteers are an important part of the work that happens at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Assignments include greeting visitors, leading tours, invasive species management and many others. Check out our Get Involved page to learn more.

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What's Happening

Upcoming Events

There are events year-round at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Check out our program calendar to find one near you!

RI Complex Program Calendar

About the Complex

Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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