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Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge consists of quiet waters and wetlands which attract large flocks of migratory birds. Upland areas of the refuge are a mix of open fields and a hardwood forest of American elm, white ash, white oak, silver and red maple. Both of these areas provide habitat for migratory songbirds, resid...
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Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
Description: Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge was established in 1997 to conserve, protect and enhance the abundance and diversity of native plant, fish and wildlife species and the ecosystems on which they depend throughout the 7.2 million acre Connecticut River watershed. The watershed covers large areas of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut. It contains a great diversity of habitats, notably: northern forest valuable as nesting habitat for migrant thrushes, warblers and other birds; rivers and streams used by shad, salmon, herring and other migratory fishes; and an internationally significant complex of high-quality tidal fresh, brackish and salt marshes.

Wildlife to Watch: Both the Nulhegan Basin and Pondicherry Divisions are open for wildlife observation and photography. Accessible trails are available at both divisions and interpretive kiosks provide visitor information. The Nulhegan Basin Division offers 40 miles of gravel roads open to motor vehicles in the summer and fall.

Special Tips: In the winter, no roads are plowed, but groomed trails are maintained for snowmobiles by the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers. All the roads are closed during mud season in the spring.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: N/A 
Closest Town: Sunderland

RestroomsParkingFishingHikingBoat LaunchVisitor CenterFeeSmall BoatsDrinking WaterAuto Tour

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Raccoon - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Nulhegan Basin Division: In Vermont, on Route 105 between Island Pond and Bloomfield. Headquarters is a red building on the north side of the road. Enter refuge roads at Stone Dam Road, also on the north side of the road.

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Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area