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Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Birding in Massachusetts

Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Massachusetts Audubon Society

Patmos Road
Rowley, Massachusetts 01969
Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary webpage
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Great Marsh Important Bird Area webpage

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Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass Audubon)
Coordinates: 42.743986, -70.849726
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Sawyer’s Island
Coordinates: 42.7510933, -70.8360028
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About Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Encompassing spectacular coastal woodlands, salt marshes, tidal creeks, and salt pannes, Rough Meadows supports an astonishing diversity of wildlife. The sanctuary, managed in collaboration with the Essex County Greenbelt, is part of the Great Marsh ecosystem. The area has been designated an Important Bird Area and an Area of Critical Environmental Concern.

At Rough Meadows, you can explore 1.6 miles of well-marked trails through coastal woodlands to several viewpoints that offer panoramic views of the Great Marsh.

You will find granite benches to sit and have a snack at the end of Professor Chandler’s Long Walk and on the Kestrel Trail. Sawyer’s Island is a 1-mile hike from the parking area—it offers spectacular vistas and a view of an active Osprey nesting platform.
From Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary webpage