Each summer the refuge offers unique internship opportunities - such as serving as an island keeper intern in Branford or Norwalk, or working with endangered birds at Falkner Island in Guilford - that are of interest to people who want to gain experience in the natural resources field. The internship that are currently available are listed below.
Volunteers perform many essential tasks that assist staff at the refuge in carrying out their diverse mission. From office work such as filing and cleaning, to building informational kiosks and bird boxes, to mowing lawns, giving interpretive tours and operating boats - the service that volunteers provide is tremendous. Individuals can volunteer as much or as little time as they wish, from a few hours a month to several full days each week. Regular volunteer opportunities exist in the following units of the refuge: Salt Meadow - Westbrook, Outer Island - Branford (spring and summer), Great Meadows - Stratford.
Anyone interested in becoming a new volunteer may call the refuge headquarters at 860-399-2513.
The refuge has several Friends Groups and other close partners organizations that assist us in our mission.
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Did you know that there is a native cactus in Connecticut? Yes, Opuntia humifusa or the prickly-pear grows in all eastern states except Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Although it is rare and listed as a species of special concern in the state, you can find it on several units of the Stewart B. McKinney NWR.