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 series – Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List: Exploring Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.
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.
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.
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 – 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.
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!
*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 guide. Click here to see the entire library.