Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List: Exploring Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Tucked away off Sengekontacket Pond on Martha’s Vineyard, you will find the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. This Mass Audubon property has 194 acres in preservation and includes woodlands, meadows, ponds, salt marshes, acres of shoreline on Sengekontacket, four miles of trails, and much more. It is bountiful with natural beauty and things to do, making it a perfect addition to our Vineyard Bucket List video seriesMartha’s Vineyard Bucket List: Exploring Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.

Martha's Vineyard Bucket List: Exploring Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary Birding With Josey Kirkland Education Coordiantor
Josey Kirkland Takes Us Birding At Felix Neck

Join me as we explore Felix Neck with Josey Kirkland, the Education Coordinator and Day Camp Director, and experience a number of the wonderful activities you can find at this unique place on Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List: Exploring Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary – Birding

Felix Neck hosts a variety of birds year round. As you drive to the sanctuary, you are greeted by a large osprey nests and it is an active nest in season. At the visitor’s center, you will see lots of different types of birds flying about.

Birding At Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary Martha's Vineyard
Taking In The Scenery At Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Felix Neck offers birding programs to participate or you can go birding on your own. Additional birds you may see include American Goldfinches, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Song Sparrows, and so many more. You can even download a bird checklist from Felix Neck’s website, click here for more birding fun!

Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List: Exploring Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary – Kayak Adventure

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary provides not only spectacular trails and landscapes, but it also has the most knowledgeable staff members. They offer adult (and family) group guided tours. You can take these by foot or by kayak. The shorelines of Felix Neck offer nature fans the chance to see the natural beauty of Martha’s Vineyard from a different perspective.

Martha's Vineyard Bucket List: Exploring Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary - Shoreline Discovery Tour On Sengekontacket Pond At Felix Neck
Shoreline Discovery Tour On Sengekontacket Pond At Felix Neck

You can choose your type of tour — they offer tours that specialize in the nature of Martha’s Vineyard, birds, botany or just about any natural history topic of your choosing. By going by kayak, you get to explore the shoreline of Felix Neck and see the shorebirds forage for food in the salt marshes and even have the chance to get a closer look at Sarson’s island (also referred to as bird island) in the center of the pond.

Martha's Vineyard Bucket List: Exploring Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary - Felix Neck by Water - Kayak Tour Discovering Sengekontacket Pond
Felix Neck by Water – Kayak Tour Discovering Sengekontacket Pond

Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List: Exploring Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary – Walk The Trails

Felix Neck has four miles of trails for you to explore. Depending on the path you choose, you can cross a bridge to discover Turtle Pond, search for the sea creatures that inhabit the shorelines of Sengekontacket, visit a labyrinth and more.

Walking thru the Trails Of Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on Martha's Vineyard
Walking thru the Trails Of Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Through meadows and woodlands and across shoreline, Felix Neck is a magical place to explore and the trails are easy to navigate and are family friendly. You can even play Nature Bingo or go on a quest, click here for more nature inspired fun.

Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List: Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary – More Info

There are so many things to do at Felix Neck, activities for all ages, year-round! In addition, Felix Neck also hosts a popular summer camp and Fern and Feather Preschool. It is such an important part of the island community. Visit their website to find out about more memorable Martha’s Vineyard adventures. Oh, and don’t forget to check out their Owl Cam where you can watch owls in real-time!

Hands-On In The Discovery Room At Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Hands-On In The Discovery Room At Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

*Pro tip, currently the restrooms are closed at Felix Neck.

Exploring Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary is a memorable adventure in nature, and belongs on everyone’s Vineyard Bucket List.

The Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List is our ongoing curated collection of the best Martha’s Vineyard vacation experiences and first-hand travel adventures. From exploring the island by tall ship or biplane to touring its African American Heritage Trail and historic lighthouses to discovering the best beach walks, sunsets, and farm to table adventures, the Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List is your ultimate insider guideClick here to see the entire library.

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