The Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter will mark the last of five 2018 releases of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. It honors a site in Rhode Island and also marks the forty-fifth coin in the series to be issued by the Mint.
Making the coin even somewhat more unique is the fact that out of the fifty-six locations to be honored in the series, the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter is one of only two that depict a wildlife refuge. The other to do so is the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Quarter honoring the site in Delaware.
The program itself can honor any site of national interest and includes locations such as national parks, national forests, national monuments, etc. One site was chosen from each state as well as one from the District of Columbia and one from each of the five US Territories.
Preceding the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter in 2018 will be the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter, the Voyageurs National Park Quarter and the Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter.
Block Island National Wildlife Refuge information
Block Island National Wildlife Refuge of Rhode Island was established in 1973 from an initial 28 acres of land transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard. Today, the refuge is more than quadruple that size and consists of 127 acres.
The island plays temporary home to more than 70 species of migratory songbirds who pass through the area on the Atlantic flyway each fall. Of course, the refuge also hosts other creatures such as the largest gull colony in Rhode Island.
A ferry for the island leaves from Point Judith on route 108 in Rhode Island. Once on the island, visitors must head for the north end as that is where the refuge is located.