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Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge

Birding in Massachusetts

Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge
Rockport, Massachusetts 01966
Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge webpage
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About Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge
At Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge, the coastal habitat is actively protected and managed for migratory birds. Its location within the Atlantic Flyway means the refuge provides an important resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for many species of songbirds and shorebirds. Off-shore habitats are used by seals, waterfowl, loons, grebes, cormorants, and alcids.

Located just thirty miles north of Boston, Thacher Island NWR is home to herring and great black-backed gulls. Established in 1972 to provide a feeding, resting, and nesting habitat for migratory birds, the refuge claims the northern 22-acres of the 52-acre island, located approximately one mile off the coast of Rockport, Massachusetts. Thacher Island also has a rich cultural history, perhaps best symbolized by the twin lighthouses that continue to grace its rocky landscape.
From Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge webpage