Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge is one of five refuges of the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This refuge, the former Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Landing Facility is located in Charlestown, Rhode Island. The glacial ice sheet and former uses have shaped this refuge's diverse landscape. It is known for its migratory bird species, and its rich history.

Beginning April 11, 2022, Kettle Pond Visitor Center will be open additional days and hour.

Kettle Pond Visitor Center is now open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm, thanks to dedicated volunteers.  Please stay tuned for spring and summer public programs located under "Visit Us".

One such program is the annual Cinder Worm Workshop, May 2, 9, and 14, 2022.  For more information and to register (space limited), please email



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      Piping Plover

      Size: 18 cm (7.25 in) in length. Color: Breeding season: Pale brown above, lighter below; black band across forehead; bill orange with black tip; legs orange; white rump. Male: Complete or incomplete black band encircles the body at the breast. Female: Paler head band; incomplete breast band....

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      New England Cottontail
      Wood Rabbit

      The New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) is a medium-large sized cottontail rabbit that may reach 1,000 grams (2.2 pounds) in weight. Sometimes called the gray rabbit, brush rabbit, wood hare or cooney, it can usually be distinguished from the sympatric eastern cottontail and...

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      sandplain gerardia
      sandplain false foxglove
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