Description - The refuge was established to protect the fish and wildlife resources of the 4-state Connecticut River watershed. The refuge contains classic refuge land ownership, but stresses cooperative projects along with an educational program. Strong emphasis on cooperative programs allow the Service to fulfill the Act's mandate to protect fish and wildlife resources in the entire watershed. 462 species have been determined to be of concern. The refuge protects the diversity of species by acquisition and cooperative management.
- The Purposes of the Refuge are to conserve, protect and enhance the Connecticut River Valley populations of Atlantic salmon, American shad, river herring, shortnose sturgeon, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, osprey, black ducks and other native species of plants, fish and wildlife. Also to conserve, protect and enhance the natural diversity and abundance of plant, fish and wildlife species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.
Recreation - At present, the Conte Refuge office has a small visitor area offering: brochures on a variety of wildlife topics; information about local natural history programming or outdoor experience;
maps of local public areas for walking, hiking, boating and watching wildlife; videos about USFWS facilities, programs and species of concern; and Conte Refuge information, including the Action Plan, Education Goals and Challenge Grant applications.
Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (above 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Places in History Travel Region has an average precipitation of more than 44 inches (more than 112 centimeters). However, along the eastern boundary of this region, precipitation drops between 36 and 40 inches (91 to 102 centimeters).
From the East: Travel Rt. 2 west, cross Connecticut River at French King Bridge, next light go left, cross the bridge, second building on right.
From the West: Travel Rt. 2 east to rotary in Greenfield, take Rt. I91 north to exit 27, take Rt. 2 east, go to the second light, turn right and cross the bridge, second building on the right.
From the North or South: Take exit 27, take Rt. 2 east, go to the second light, turn right and cross the bridge, second building on the right.