Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Shirley

4.5
#4 of 7 in Things to do in Shirley
Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
The Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge is located on the south shore of Long Island and is one of the undeveloped estuary systems on Long Island. In 1947, Maurice Wertheim donated 2000acre on eastern Long Island to the United States government; the donated land subsequently became the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge's purpose is to protect the Carmans River Estuary for migratory birds. Wertheim hosts a variety of habitats including oak-pine woodlands, grasslands, and fresh, brackish and salt water wetlands. These habitats attract and support many types of wildlife including white-tailed deer, osprey, muskrat, fox, turtles, frogs and fish. The refuge also serves as a haven for waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and songbirds.
In 2012 the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex opened a new visitor center and headquarters facility in the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. The building includes an interactive exhibit hall, environmental education classroom and administrative offices.
The refuge's wildlife populations are mainly diverse. There are about 300 species of birds at the refuge. The refuge winters up to 5,000 waterfowl, most of them being black ducks - a species that is declining. The coastal location also makes this refuge an excellent migration place for shorebirds, raptors and songbirds.
To visit Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge on your trip to Shirley, use our Shirley online holiday planner.
Source
Create an itinerary including Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
32 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • Great laid out trails and never really crowded. Visitor center is top notch. There are numerous observation docks from which to take pictures and the trails are laid out nice.  more »
Google
  • Nice place to go to. Pretty small and nothing spectacular to look at. It's pretty peaceful there and be prepared to say hello to the people you pass. You will see pretty birds and flowers. The water views are nice too. Watch out for ticks. We were only there for at most an hour, not trekking to deep into the woods and we had 5 ticks on us. Two of which were microscopic. Check out the pic I posted of one of the ticks. You can see how tiny it is compared to the tips of very small tweezers. Much smaller than the head of a pin.
  • Beautiful place, the views are absolutely captivating. It's a decent amount of distance on the hiking loop. You get to see a ton of wildlife. Once you walk in, deep into the depths of the forest, and you gaze upon the beautiful outlooks they have on the path, you won't even believe that you're still near any civilization at all. It's very peaceful, so full of nature and life. Absolutely a place I recomend visiting. Perfect place for a date, or just with someone you enjoy conversation with as you walk along this beautiful trail.

Plan your trip to Shirley

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Shirley

3.9
Duration: 2 hours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Shirley

4.6
Duration: 2 hours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Plans to Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge by other users

24 days in New York State SEE PLAN December, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: December, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 16 days in Washington DC & New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, kids, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, teens, kids, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 31 days in New York State & Los Angeles County SEE PLAN December, culture, outdoors, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 29 days in Long Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 29 days in Long Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 29 days in Long Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium
See more plans