This 2,500-acre preserve includes the Monomoy Islands, a fragile 9-mile-long barrier-beach area south of Chatham. Monomoy's North and South islands were created when a storm divided the former Monomoy Island in 1978. A haven for bird-watchers, the refuge is an important stop along the North Atlantic Flyway for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds—peak migration times are May and late July. It also provides nesting and resting grounds for 285 species, including gulls—great
black-backed, herring, and laughing—and several tern species. White-tailed deer wander the islands, and harbor and gray seals frequent the shores in winter. The only structure on the islands is the South Monomoy Lighthouse, built in 1849.
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Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is a pristine stretch of salt marsh, sandy beach, woods and small trails that hug the curving coastline of Morris Island in Chatham. Large sections of the island are protected conservation land. Homes built along this coast range from small Capes to expansive mega mansions. Truly a playground for the wealthy seeking privacy and exceptional saltwater/nature views. Dogs are allowed on the beach. The bonus is walking
to the entrance of Stage Harbor, known as "the cut." Here, you can rest, view gorgeous yatchts sailing past, swim or stroll out into the sound on sand bars. Seals and large schools of Bluefish can frequently be seen feeding. Many types of sea birds can also be seen.