The Birds of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 1:30pm

Video and Q&A with Naturalist Brian Harris Tuesday, May 15, 1:30pm COA

Join Wayland Conservation’s land manager Brian Harris for a video presentation of the Birds of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge followed by Q&A. The refuge, located in Chatham, is composed of two barrier islands located two to six miles from the mainland. During the summer, the island hosts a colony of 20,000 nesting common terns among a host of other nesting endangered species. Brian worked at the refuge over a period of five years. He will be your personal narrator as you view the 45-minute video showing day-to-day operations of living on the wildlife refuge island during the summer. 

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1944 to provide habitat for migratory birds. Sand stretches for eight miles off the elbow of Cape Cod, forming the barrier islands of North and South Monomoy. In addition to the two islands, a 40-acre unit on Morris Island is also part of the refuge. The refuge provides important resting, nesting and feeding habitat for migratory birds, including the federally protected piping plover and roseate tern. The refuge supports the second largest nesting colony of common terns on the Atlantic seaboard.