Visiting the Refuge

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Trails are open every day from dawn until dusk and the Refuge Visitor Center is open daily Monday through Friday. Visitors are welcome to view the many educational exhibits, learn about refuge management programs and find out what’s going on at the refuge to benefit both wildlife and people. The Refuge Visitor Center hours are: […]

Newsletters

  The Friends group publishes a newsletter four times a year in conjunction with each season at the Refuge. Newsletters are posted here after they are sent out to our membership. Fall 2014 Summer 2014 Spring 2014 Winter 2013 Fall 2013 Summer 2013 Spring 2013 Winter 2012 Fall 2012 Summer 2012 Spring 2012 Winter 2011 […]

Contact Us

Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge 29 Tabor Road Swanton, VT 05488 802-868-4781

About Us

Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge  is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization consisting of private citizens who provide volunteer and financial support to Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge.  Read More

Manager's Corner

What is a refuge anyway?

Missisquoi Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System which is a unique group of federal lands managed rather differently than other publicly owned natural areas.   The fact that Refuges are generally small parcels compared to National Forests or National Parks may be one reason why they sometimes go unnoticed and misunderstood.   Perhaps it is also that Refuges have more restrictions than other lands managed by other state or federal agencies.  Certainly my uniform doesn’t... 

Winter Birds of the Refuge: Rough-legged Hawk

If you have been bird watching in Vermont in the last month you may have been lucky enough to spot one of the area’s winter visitors: the rough-legged hawk (Buteo lagopus).  This large bird of prey gets its common name from the fact that feathers cover its legs all the way to its toes.  Although its feathered legs are good diagnostic characteristics, it is also identified by its large size (wing span of up to 4.5 feet), dark patches under each wing, a white patch at the base of the... 

Meet the new refuge manager

The Friends of MNWR welcomes Ken Sturm as the new refuge manager! Ken comes to us from Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge (CVNWR) in West Virginia, though in many ways he says he feels as if he’s coming home. Ken studied wildlife fisheries and biology at UVM, and he even did his senior project at the Missisquoi refuge. After college he worked for three seasons for the Green Mountain Club, which maintains Vermont’s Long Trail, and for the Student Conservation Association. Through...