Kettle Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Snow egret at Kettle Island Wildlife Sanctuary © Craig Gibson
Snowy egret at Kettle Island Wildlife Sanctuary © Craig Gibson

Kettle Island is an uninhabited rocky island located off the coast of Manchester-by-the Sea. Much of the island is vegetated with a dense cover of low trees, shrubs, thorns, and copious amounts of poison ivy. You can view wildlife from small boats and kayaks, but landing on the island is prohibited so as not to disturb this important colony of nesting birds. Read More

Important Bird Area

As part of the Essex County Coastal Bird Islands Important Bird Area, Kettle Island hosts a large colony of nesting colonial waterbirds in spring and summer. Learn More

Program Catalog

Two butterflies

Mass Audubon's nearby wildlife sanctuaries offer a wide variety of programs. Whether you're new to nature or an outdoors aficionado, there's something for everyone.

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