Wildlife Refuges

Grab your binoculars and head outside for a wildlife adventure through Long Island’s wetlands and woods. Long Island is home to an abundance of wildlife from the usual birds and deer to bats and seals. The region hosts a number of National Wildlife Refuges that help educate visitors and preserve the livelihood of threatened and endangered species. Visit these National Wildlife Refuges on Long Island.

Additional Wildlife Resources

Long Island also boasts parks, preserves and arboretums where visitors can view local wildlife in their natural habitats. The Fire Island National Seashore and Robert Moses State Park offer optimal bird watching views due to their location on the Atlantic migratory flywayVisit Connetquot River State Park for a chance to see bats and flying squirrels hidden amongst the trees. Head over to Nissequogue River State Park to see beautiful red foxes and slow-moving turtles. Bayard Cutting Arboretum is surrounded by tall trees, the Connetquot River and flourishing flowers which makes for a diverse wildlife population for you to observe. Naturalists can set out to the Pine Barrens, Massapequa Preserve, Cow Meadow Preserve, Quogue Village Wetlands Preserve and Sunken Meadow State Park to see how conservation efforts have proven successful for species like the Piping Plover.