Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Shirley

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Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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.  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.  more »
  • 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.

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