Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, Noyack

(4.9/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web)
Established December 27, 1954, through a donation by the Morton family, the 187-acre Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge boasts exceptionally 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.

Habitats along the beach attract many species including 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.

The refuge is located in the hamlet of Noyack, New York. Much of the refuge is situated on a peninsula surrounded by Noyack and Little Peconic Bays. The north/south orientation of the peninsula makes the refuge important habitat for shorebirds, raptors and songbirds as they navigate the coastline during migration.
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  • This may be my all time favorite place to go in Sag Harbor. Walking along the trails here and the preserve feeding the birds is a most rewarding experience. If you are a "nature nut" then I highly rec...  more »
  • Very nice place! Very overrun with ticks. Be prepared before hand. There's a short walk through woods that leads out to a beach. Very pretty. Have seen wild turkeys! Birds eat right out of your hand. ...  more »
  • Very peaceful atmosphere and very beautiful watch to the birds. Also, we saw a deer, squirrels and deer. Although it was raining, we had a few nice hours in the Park.
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  • Best Nature place around the Island. The best is when the chickadees feed right out of your hand.
  • A real treasure on Long Island. This park has one of my favorite beaches. Pack in and pack out to keep this place amazing for future visitors.
  • Beautiful access to the beach, very well kept and exciting to have such great wildlife access.
  • Very fun trails and interesting to see animals along the way!
  • Bring sunflower seeds. The black capped chickadees will land on and eat them from your hand. Short hike through park and great views and a bay beach for the kids to run around on.