Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, Noyack

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The Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge is a 187acre National Wildlife Refuge in Noyack, New York. Much of the refuge is situated on a peninsula surrounded by Noyack and Little Peconic bays. The refuge is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.The refuge was established December 27, 1954, through a donation by the Morton family. It encompasses diverse habitats including bay beach, a brackish pond, a freshwater pond, kettle holes, tidal flats, salt marsh, freshwater marsh, shrub, grasslands, maritime oak forest, and red cedar. The refuge's diversity is critical to Long Island wildlife.The north/south orientation of the refuge's peninsula creates important habitat for shorebirds, raptors and songbirds as they navigate the coastline during migration. Habitats along the beach attract nesting piping plovers, roseate terns, least terns, common terns, and shorebirds. The waters surrounding the refuge are considered critical habitat for juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtles and are occasionally used by loggerhead sea turtles. Waterfowl use of the refuge peaks during the colder months. Long-tailed ducks, white-winged scoter, goldeneye and black ducks will most likely be spotted during winter.
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  • This is a lovely place to visit so my review is not to ding the refuge, however we stayed on main wide path to the beach and several of us ( adults) had ticks. Seriously, I had lone star ticks from th...  more »
  • We visit the Morton preserve several times a year. It is one of my favorite places on the South Fork of LI. There are short walks through woods filled with birds and wild turkeys! As others have noted...  more »
  • Had the birds eating out of my hands - so thrilling :) Lovely walk to the beach. I will be returning with my grown children. The parking lot is not huge, so it can't get too crowded- i liked that.  more »
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  • This place is heaven on earth. I love nature and it's now one of my favorite places to go. We loved all the wildlife. Just be careful for ticks! This park truly showcases Long Island Nature at it's best.
  • Lovely short walk filled with wide assortments of wildlife and different walking trails; if you're wondering what food to bring for the birds to come to you, id reccommend grabbing black sunflower seeds! Just don't leave any on the trail, keep them in hand.
  • This place is amazing. There are beautiful trails all over the place, the birds literally eat out of your hands, and it's a nice quiet place to take the kids/family for a few hours.
  • Very peaceful walking trail, we had seenagroup of 4 wild Turkey's no more than 60ft from us. Many different types of birds and if you follow the trail about 3/4 of a mile, you come to a beach with a 360 viewing deck. It was a nice surprise, bring a camera, we also watch a Mother Swan with 5 babies and the dad swan staying I front to protect them.
  • Beautiful preserve with woods, a field, wetlands and ocean trails. I've seen a variety of birds, deer, bunnies, a snake and lots of photographers! I love to do qigong here. I have heard gunshots during hunting season. Maybe there is a place where shooting is allowed nearby? it was a bit disconcerting as it sounded so close.
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