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 to rest and others who stick around.
While the visitor’s centers at Kettle Pond in Charlestown and Sachuest Point in Middletown are now closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, we hope that you will continue to come to the refuges to walk the trails.
With the visitor’s centers closed, so are our stores. All of the profits from our sales go toward furthering the work of the US Fish and Wildlife Rhode Island Refuge Complex. Hopefully, when the centers and stores reopen, you will come and shop so that we can carry on with this support.
During this fiscal year we will be supporting the Rhode Island Refuge Complex by Using some of our reserves and thus providing funds for the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership Initiative, complex wide special events and hospitality in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of both the Kettle Pond and Sachuest Point refuges, the volunteer program as well as support for other visitor programs. Scheduling of special events will be announced once the visitor’s centers reopen.
The Friends are proud to continue to support and run the Junior Duck Stamp program which bring hundreds of entries from students at schools around the State. Hopefully as the exhibit of the winning entries in all age categories tours the state you have the opportunity to see it.
Again, this summer we are sponsoring our annual amateur photography contest - our 20th year! The complete rules of the contest as well as entry forms are on this website.
The Friends will also be sponsoring our popular summer lecture series - Wildlife Wednesdays – at Kettle Pond
As you can see, our plans are ambitious and we thank all of our members and supporters for their generous financial and volunteering support – we could not do what we do without you!