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Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Shirley, Suffolk County

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There are five properties within the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex: Amagansett, Elizabeth A. Morton, Oyster Bay, Target Rock, and Wertheim. The refuge contains a wide variety of habitats including beach, pond, bog, tidal flat, salt and freshwater marsh, shrub, grassland and maritime forest. Amagansett is a prime stopover for migrating raptors, shorebirds and songbirds. Oyster Bay is accessible by boat only. Turtles, seals, finfish and shellfish are commonly seen in various parts of the refuge.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Beach
  • Nature trails
  • Canoe/Kayak

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hunting

Accessible Features

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Portions of trails at Wertheim and Morton are accessible to people with disabilities. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


6,500 acres

Closest Town

Headquarters located in Shirley


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Contact Information

Telephone: 631-286-0485

Address: 340 Smith Rd, Shirley, NY 11967

Website: Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo credits: NYS DEC, USFWS