Felix Neck Preserve

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Photo by Alison Shaw

Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary has forever been the premier wildlife interpretive center. First of all, it’s a spectacular place to visit and walk. But there is also a wide range of programs for young and old, ranging from summer camps to occasional talks by visiting experts.

From the Mass Audubon Website for Felix NeckFelix Neck is a sanctuary for both people and wildlife, protecting some of the Vineyard’s valuable habitats, wildlife, and most spectacular views. Four miles of trails through woodlands, meadows, ponds, salt marsh, and along shorelines allow for exploration, discovery, and quiet contemplation. Look for nesting osprey, shorebirds, winter waterfowl, and the resident barn owls. Walk the shoreline to find shells, crabs, snails, and other marine life that make Felix Neck and Sengekontacket Pond their home.

A small part of the preserve is owned by the land bank.

From the Land Bank’s description: Visitors to the Felix Neck wildlife sanctuary, which for decades has been the island’s premier environmental education center, assumed for years that both sides of the Felix Neck Road were securely conserved. In fact, only the westerly side was; this made the easterly side a Land Bank priority. East and west are now both conserved; no unprotected open space remains on the Felix Neck peninsula.

Getting there:  The entrance to Felix neck is off of the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road.