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Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge Early Spring Hike

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Before signing up for this event, please read and understand the entire Write-Up and the Liability Waiver. By signing up for this event you and any guests that accompany you agree to the terms of the Liability Waiver.

Event Rating: Level 2 (Moderate) Recommended for members who have completed at least one Level 1 (Easy) hike.

Distance: 6 MILES

Time Duration: 3 HOURS

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Opened in October of 2011 the Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge is the newest of the Audubon Society's Wildlife refuges. This refuge contains diverse and high quality wildlife habitat consisting of upland forests, wetlands, streams, ponds and open meadow. The 11-acre Carr's Pond, situated entirely within the bounds of the property, is the centerpiece of the preserve. It is home to river otters as well as many types of freshwater fish and aquatic invertebrates.

As of June of 2012 the newest trail, the "Carr Pond Loop" has been open.

With two adjoining hiking trails consisting of loops totaling about 6 miles the hike should last about 3 hours.

Trails are open only to the following activities: hiking, bird watching, nature study, photography, ski touring and snowshoeing and as requested by the Audubon Society, no pets please.

With wet conditions expected, a good pair of waterproof hiking boots and a minimum of 1 liter of drinking water will be required.

The Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge is located at 2082 Victory Highway (RI 102) Coventry, RI 02816.

Directions: Take RT 95 South to Exit 5 to RI 102 North. Take RI 102 North 5.2 miles to the entrance to the refuge on the right.

Liability Waiver

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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