Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Shirley

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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.
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  • This was a neat little nature park with some pretty flat, wide trails. We stopped by a little late in the day to go for a small walk, so the nature center was closed. (Definitely look at times so you ...  more »
  • We've Kayaked the Carman River a few times in the past and while we saw Wertheim from the River, we never landed the kayak; today we went to the park to see it from the other side. To start; they have...  more »
  • Long, but amateur friendly trails with plenty of spots to stop and look out over the water and marshland. Visitor center also does special educational and family-friendly program days. A perfect spot to spend a warm day.
  • Good pit stop while kayaking down Carman’s River. Trails are easy and maintained. Some educational stuff inside.

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