The 642-acre Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge has blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, wild grapes and cherries, even apples -- great attractions for large numbers of animals, resident or migrant. The refuge’s vertebrate list has 300 birds, 40 mammals, and 20 reptiles and amphibians, and hungry representatives of all three groups are always prowling the shrubbery looking for a meal.
Trustom Pond is the only undeveloped coastal salt pond in Rhode Island, and the refuge that protects it is one of the outstanding wildlife viewing areas in New England. Nest boxes and pole platforms are heavily used by Ospreys, Wood Ducks, Purple Martins, and Eastern Bluebirds. The pond has up to 200 resident Mute Swans, and its waters shelter hordes of migrant and wintering ducks. During summer months, naturalists are on duty to lead walks or direct visitors to the best viewing areas.
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