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  • Closed to the Public

    All Service-owned lands at Mashpee NWR are officially closed to public access until its comprehensive conservation plan is completed.

What's Happening

Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge Approved!

October 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.

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About the Complex

Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The complex is comprised of eight refuges.

Mashpee is managed as part of the Eastern Massachusetts 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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Around the Refuge

  • Controlled Burn Notice Spring 2016

    Read the attached news release for information on the planned controlled burn this spring.

    Controlled Burn Notice Spring 2016
  • Ekip Passes

    Ekip logo

    Every Kid in the Park Passes can be purchased only at Great Meadows NWR or Assabet River NWR in Sudbury, MA

  • New England Cottontail

    New England cottontail - USFWS.

    The Service and our partners are always working to improve the chances of survival for the New England cottontail. Visit our Wildlife & Habitat page to learn more about the cottontail and to read the most recent updates on its progress.

    Wildlife & Habitat
  • Osprey Nest

    Osprey in flight - USFWS.

    The Friends of Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge recently repaired an osprey nest near your house! Learn more about ospreys, their nests and how you can get involved by viewing the notice below.

    Nest Repair Notice
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2016


  • April Vaca Earth Week Programs

    April 13, 2016 - April 22, 2016

    Find out about the programs offered during this April Vacation/Earth Week.

    April 2016 Vaca Programs
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