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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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  • Amazing place. Peaceful and serene. The atmosphere is great and the trails and views are outstanding. Totally worth a visit. The wildlife and people are so pleasant. 
    Amazing place. Peaceful and serene. The atmosphere is great and the trails and views are outstanding. Totally worth a visit. The wildlife and people are so pleasant.  more »
  • 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. 
    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 »
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  • This place is beautiful and amazing so many trails to walk and boy can you get a workout here lots of wildlife running free which I love lots of little nooks that you can hide away and be peaceful I really recommend this place and it's all free you don't have to pay for parking none of that and it's just so close to my house which I'm so grateful. Everyone says hello as they walk by which is very rare on LI sometimes LOL. But if you are going to go hiking around here please make sure that you bring water and food in your backpacks the bathrooms are very clean nice little visitors building to go to, this place has it all.
  • Beautiful escape from the surrounding suburban sprawl. Many people drive hours away to get Upstate in order to the feeling that the Refuge provides. Animal watchers can be treated to various wildlife that inhabit land, sea and air. The only complaint that I have is through my own fault. Bug deterrents are a must! Dress appropriately and you will enjoy this escape from the hustle and bustle associated with NY life.

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