What's HappeningApril 04, 2016
In response to decreasing wildlife populations, conservationists have called for more protected and managed shrublands. To address this, the Service worked with partners to propose the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge. A draft environmental assessment was distributed for public review and comment. The comment period has now closed.Learn more
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
Due to reconstruction of the Great Bay NWR entrance road and parking area, the refuge will be closed, seven days per week, from August 1st thru project completion (mid to late August). Project status updates will be announced here as warranted. Thank you!
Sign up for FREE ranger-led tours of the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge. To see the latest monthly schedule, clink on the link below.Free Programs in July, 2016
The 1000+ acre Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge is the largest parcel of protected conservation land on Great Bay. The refuge has many habitats including oak-hickory forest, grasslands, shrub thickets, fresh and saltwater wetlands, and open water habitats where wild plants and animals thrive. Two trails provide the public with an opportunity to explore and experience this special place.Plan Your Visit
There are activities for the whole family year-round at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife observation, photography and hunting. Visit our Visitor Activities page to learn more about the refuge and our nature trails.Great Bay NWR Fact Sheet
The American kestrel (Falco sparverius), can be seen frequently seen at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Service has tried to encourage this very showy falcon by setting up nest boxes on the refuge. The kestrel may be known locally as a “sparrow hawk” and is the smallest raptor in America.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Salt marsh - Matt Poole/USFWS.
Last Updated: Jun 08, 2016