Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at

Around the Refuge

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

CCP Cover.

The final comprehensive conservation plan, or CCP, is complete for Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge. Visit our Conservation page to download the CCP, read some frequently asked questions about the plan, and view our latest newsletter.


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.

Why would a rabbit, the epitome of prolific breeding, be considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act? Today, this rabbit's range has shrunk by about 86 percent. Its numbers are so greatly diminished that it can no longer be found in Vermont and has been reduced to only five smaller populations throughout its historic range.

New England Cottontail
Reporting Injured Seals

Reporting Injured Seals

Seal - Amanda Boyd/USFWS.

If you believe you've seen an injured seal, please keep a safe distance and report it. Visit our Law Enforcement page for contact information and tips for callers.

Law Enforcement

About the Complex

Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS