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Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN Category IV (Habitat/Species Management Area)
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Part of the National Wildlife Refuge in August 2010
Location Charlestown, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States
Nearest city Quonochontaug, Rhode Island
Area 900 acres (3.6 km2)
Established 1970
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Website Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge

The Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge situated along the shore of Ninigret Pond. It is characterized by salt marshes, kettle ponds, freshwater wetlands, maritime shrub lands, and forests, and it is seasonally inhabited by over 250 species of birds. The area was originally used for farming, prior to being utilized in World War II as a Naval Auxiliary landing field. It was designated as a refuge in 1970 upon the transfer of 27.5 acres (11.1 ha) of land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Subsequent transfers and purchases increased the protected area to approximately 900 acres (360 ha). During the winter months, black ducks, Canada geese, and diving ducks are especially prominent on the pond, while various species of migrating raptors are also common. Wildlife refuge staff also maintain a piping plover nesting program.

The refuge encompasses land of the former Naval Auxiliary Air Station Charlestown.

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