We are truly blessed to have five beautiful wildlife refuges here in Rhode Island that provide homes, nesting and resting spaces for a whole host of wildlife as well as over 60 species of birds some of which just stop by and others who stick around.

 

During the last fiscal year the Friends continued to support the Rhode Island Refuge Complex by providing funds for a biology intern, the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership Initiative, complex wide special events, the volunteer program, as well as support for visitor programs at Kettle Pond and Sachuest Point. We also provided money to support the education and special events programs and for special speaker honorariums.

 

In addition, we sponsor the Junior Duck Stamp program, Wildlife Wednesdays summer lecture series and annually conduct a photo competition as a way to get more people out to visit the refuges.

 

We are always seeking new members and would be happy if you would join us. Just fill out the information in the Donation section and mail it in with your check. We will be glad to have you.

 

In addition, our Board is made up of very dedicated people who provide a wealth of insight. We are always looking for additional board members and if you have an interest in helping us by joining the Board, please let us know via this website, our Facebook page or an e-mail to me at RThieke@cox.net.

  

As you can see, our plans are ambitious and we thank all of our members and supporters for their generous support. We are pleased that store sales are up. We hope that you will come out and visits the refuges and/or make a store purchase or donation.

 

Many thanks to all of our supporters and volunteers – we could not do what we do without you!