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Block Island National Wildlife Refuge
Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Overview
Occupying part of a former U.S. Coast Guard light station, Block Island Refuge was established in 1973 with the transfer of 28 acres from the U.S. Coast Guard, and has grown to its current size of 127 acres today. Although no developed trail system exists, the site is accessible by foot over sandy terrain. Much of the property adjacent to the refuge, including 105-acre Sachem Pond, is managed by the Town of New Shoreham as a conservation area.
During the fall, migratory bird diversity at the refuge and other parts of the island is often spectacular. Over-ocean migrants from Nova Scotia and other northern areas, and birds swept seaward from their normal flight paths by strong winds alight on the island to rest and feed before continuing their journey southward. The island's open habitats and low-growing vegetation afford excellent viewing opportunities.
Block Island is situated approximately 12 miles from the mainland. Regular ferry service is available from the Port of Galilee in Narragansett and air service from Westerly State Airport. On the island travel north on Corn Neck Road to its end. A sandy pathway leads to the refuge entrance.