Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge
The Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) consists of over 5,000 acres of land set aside for the protection and preservation of wildlife, specifically waterfowl. When exploring these lands you may come across salt and freshwater marshes, cranberry bogs, Atlantic white cedar swamps, and vernal pools. Wildlife like the red fox, white tailed deer call the refuge home. For the avid birdwatcher the MNWR provides habitat for migratory wildfowl, song birds, raptors, and shore birds. The MNWR was established in 1995 and is located in Falmouth and Mashpee. This unique refuge is owned by 9 Federal, State, and private conservation groups. Pickeral Cove is the newest addition to the MNWR.
Mashpee acquired Pickeral Cove in 2008 to preserve the natural and open space for fish and wildlife and for wildlife conservation, habitat protection, and public recreation. Take a stroll on the multiple walking trails found on the property and check out the three main types of plant habitat: upland forest, forested woodlands, and pond habitat. While walking the trails you may be able to see the Eastern Box Turtle, which has been designated a rare species. Additionally, Wakeby and Mashpee Ponds have been designated Living Waters Core Habitat for three rare freshwater mussel species by the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. The kettle ponds are home to Terete Arrowhead, a rare plant. This parcel is just one of part of an important refuge system that will total 5, 871 acres when completed.
Information from the National Fish and Wildlife Service