Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Wellfleet Bay's beach © Ronald Reynolds
© Ronald Reynolds

Wellfleet Bay provides peace and unmatched beauty on the hillsides and shoreline overlooking Wellfleet Harbor. Extensive trails bring you to a panoramic salt marsh, sandy barrier beach, and pine woodlands, each attracting a wide array of wildlife. The sanctuary features a universally accessible trail and an award-winning "green" nature center with numerous exhibits and aquariums. Please leave dogs and other pets at home.

Location: 291 State Highway Route 6, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: 508-349-2615
Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am-4 pm • Trails open daily, dawn to dusk

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Bird Banding Demos

Bird Banding Demos

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Late Summer Birding

Late Summer Birding

Landing at Wellfleet Bay by Shawn Carey
by Shawn Carey

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Sanctuary News & Events

Fall Banding Season Off to a Birdy Start

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Hurricane Earl was well out at sea, but the storm’s effects were felt both in the large ocean swells along the Cape’s backshore and at Wellfleet Bay’s banding station. “It’s definitely affecting the birds,” notes master bander James Junda. “They can sense the storm, they’re moving around, and we’re catching them!"

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