Long Point Wildlife Refuge

West Tisbury, Massachusetts 02575

Long Point Wildlife Refuge

Long Point Wildlife Refuge Professional Guide

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"“No gain without pain” or “seek and ye shall finally find” describes an excursion to Long Point Wildlife refuge, one of my favorite places on Martha’s Vineyard. you can walk for miles along the coast and jump the waves, swim in the calm waters of Long Cove Pond, and explore the refuge’s tranquil trails around the ponds and cove. or you can hunt for blue-claw crabs and take a kayak tour in Tisbury Great Pond.

Note the vegetation that has adapted to this harsh ocean front environment. Don’t get near the omnipresent poison ivy, which thrives in sunny arid areas. Near the dunes you’ll find beach pea sprawled on the sand. In spring this ground-hugging plant produces a purple flower that turns into a pea pod in summer. In autumn, seaside goldenrod decorates the dunes with bright yellow flowers. Dusty miller is a bluish-gray plant with lacy leaves. Its dusty covering conserves water so that it can survive hot sunny summers. Be careful not to walk on the beach grass, which is essential for maintaining the fragile dunes. The grass preserves moisture in its long blades by curling inward to avoid the sun’s drying rays."

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"The 632 acres of this preserve make it one of the largest on the Vineyard. Primarily dedicated to the protection of wildlife, only part of the preserve is open to the public. The pine-oak forest opens to one of the best remaining examples of rare coastal sand plains grasslands that stretches to magnificent dunes lining the Atlantic shoreline. From the edge of the woods, long, narrow ponds alternate with fingers of land to create a mix of fresh and brackish waters, salt marsh, and ocean shore. Tisbury Great Pond, with its exquisite white sand beach, is lovely, but requires water shoes for wading because of shell fragments. Salt spray roses add dashes of pink to the waving grasses and a fragrant scent to the salty air. They attract butterflies and moths of many kinds. Little red-bellied snakes search the ground for earthworms or slugs, and harriers and red-tailed hawks hunt during the day."

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West Tisbury
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Best Spring through Fall