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Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge – Slideshow

Written by Brian Tarcy

CHATHAM – On certain days in the summer at certain spots on Cape Cod, such as the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, the weather and scenery are so perfect that we almost think it’s not fair to the rest of the country.

That was certainly the case on our first ever visit to Monomoy, which offered a landscape and weather that could not be topped. It was so peaceful and so pleasant that we were literally in awe of our own situation, wishing such a day could go on forever.

We only saw a portion of the 40 acres of the refuge on Morris Island, just past the very popular Chatham Lighthouse. In addition, the 7,604-acre refuge includes the barrier islands of North Monomoy and South Monomoy. The refuge was established in 1944, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife webpage, “to provide habitat for migratory birds.”

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Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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