Nature Reserve

Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Location:

Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Stackyard Road
Rowley , MA
01969
Coordinates: 42° 44' 32.8848" N, 70° 50' 19.68" W

Breakheart Reservation

Open year-round, dawn to dusk. Breakheart Reservation is a 640-acre hardwood forest with jagged, rocky outcroppings, two fresh-water lakes, and a rambling section of the Saugus River. Seven rocky hills, over 200 feet high, provide vistas of Boston, southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts. An extensive trail system through the woodlands guides visitors to various areas of the reservation. Fishing in Silver and Pearce Lakes, hiking the trails and birdwatching by the Saugus River are popular year-round activities. The supervised swimming area at Pearce Lake, one of the few fresh- water swimming spots north of Boston, draws crowds in the summer. In addition to its natural resources, the reservation has a rich cultural history.

Location:

Breakheart Reservation
177 Forest Street
Saugus, MA
01906
Phone: 781-233-0834
Coordinates: 42° 28' 47.5896" N, 71° 1' 33.4524" W

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Dig Into Nature at Drumlin Farm! Enjoy a change of pace at Drumlin Farm, where you and your family can explore a real working farm and a wildlife sanctuary all in one day.

Location:

Drumlin Farm
208 South Great Road
lincoln, MA
01773
Phone: 781.259.2200
Coordinates: 42° 24' 26.046" N, 71° 19' 50.5524" W

Boxford State Forest

Boxford State Forest crosses the borders of Middleton, North Andover and Boxford Massachusetts.  It makes up part of a larger conservation area that includes the John C. Phillips Wildlife Sanctuary, Lands owned by the Essex County Greenbelt Association (Bald Hill East , Bald Hill West), and the State Park itself.  Because of it's size and placement there are many access points to the park, off of Liberty street in Middleton, Parking at Forest Street in North Andover, and more access and parking in Boxford on Middleton Street and Towne Road.  See the attached map for details.

Location:

Boxford State Park
Middleton Street
Towne Road
Boxford, MA
01921
Coordinates: 42° 38' 37.2552" N, 71° 1' 9.8472" W

John C. Phillips Wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife sanctuary, also known as the Boxford Wildlife Sanctuary, abuts Boxford State Forest and is part of a larger conservation area managed by the State DCR and the Essex County Greenbelt Association. See Boxford State Forest for a trail map.

Location:

John C. Phillips Wildlife Sanctuary
Middleton Road
Boxford, MA
01949
Coordinates: 42° 38' 18.9024" N, 70° 59' 57.3864" W

Ordway Reservation

Location:

Ordway Reservation
Turkey Hill Road
West Newbury, MA
01985
Phone: 978.768.7241 x10
Coordinates: 42° 47' 20.9148" N, 70° 55' 55.6608" W

Andover Village Improvement Society

Location:

Andover Village Improvement Society
15 Launching Road
P.O. Box 5097
Andover, MA
01810
Phone: 978.996.4475
Coordinates: 42° 40' 57.72" N, 71° 13' 16.32" W

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Piping Plovers can be found all over the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1942 to provide feeding, resting, and nesting habitat for migratory birds. The refuge occupies 4,662 acres on the southern two-thirds of Plum Island, a barrier island on the Northeast coast of Massachusetts, and is administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, a federal agency. Parker River is one of over 540 Refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands dedicated to "wildlife first."

The beach closes on April 1, and reopens in mid-summer due to the needs of the piping-plover, a nationally recognized threatened species of sea birds.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is border on it's southern tip by the Sandy Point State Reservation, and you will find the Joppa Flats Education Center at its entrance.

Location:

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
6 Plum Island Turnpike
Plum Island
Newburyport, MA
01950
Phone: 978.465.5753
Coordinates: 42° 47' 54.0996" N, 70° 50' 56.076" W

Thatcher Island

 Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to herring and great black-backed gulls.  The refuge serves as a stopover site for songbirds and other migrants to rest and feed during seasonal migration.  Off-shore habitats are used by seals, waterfowl, loons, grebes, cormorants and alcids.

There are two lighthouses are only hundreds of feet apart on Thatcher Island, which makes it unique to New England.  The only other twin light house is Twin Lights of the Navesink in New Jersey. 

Locally, Thatcher Island is known as "Twin Lights".

Access to the refuge is by boat only. A boat ramp is available on the west side of the island on Town of Rockport property. During the summer months the Thacher Island Association operates a boat to the island out of Rockport.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge manages Thatcher Island

Location:

Thatcher Island
Thatcher Island
Rockport , MA
01966
Coordinates: 42° 38' 12.1524" N, 70° 34' 35.7816" W

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

Location:

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
109 Pequotsepos Road
Mystic, CT
06355
Phone: 860.536.1216
Coordinates: 41° 21' 56.4156" N, 71° 56' 39.4116" W

Email: 
info@dpnc.org
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