What's HappeningOctober 25, 2016
In October 2016, Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), and Wendi Weber, Northeast Regional Director of the Service, approved Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)—a new refuge dedicated to managing shrubland habitat for wildlife in the Northeast. The Service can now start working with partners and willing-seller property owners to identify opportunities to acquire priority lands in fee simple or conservation easement within the designated focus areas of Great Thicket NWR.Learn more
About the Complex
The refuge totals 858 acres on the coast of Rhode Island. The Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge also manages Sandy Point Island, a 35 acre parcel of the Stuart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.
Ninigret is managed as part of the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
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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Around the Refuge
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
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct controlled burns at Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge in Charlestown, RI, in accordance with an approved Prescribed Fire Plan. The controlled burns will require 3 to 5 days, weather dependent, between March 8 - May 30, 2017 at which time the refuge will be partially closed for public safety.Controlled Burn Press Release
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.Get Involved
The federally threatened piping plover is a small, stocky, sandy-colored bird resembling a sandpiper. The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band across the forehead from eye to eye, and a black ring around the base of its neck. Like other plovers, it runs in short starts and stops. When still, the piping plover blends into the pale background of open, sandy habitat on outer beaches where it feeds and nests.
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Last Updated: Mar 01, 2017