Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, Noyack

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#9 of 10 in Wildlife in Long Island
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 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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  • 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.
  • Nature trails, long narrow beach for walks. Or bring sunflower or pumpkin type seeds to feed birds near marsh areas. You can donate your leftover seeds at the office near the entrance. This place has a suggested donation fee that works solely on the honor system. Free parking spaces. Restrooms near entrance.
  • Best place to feel like you're in a Disney movie with birds coming up to eat out of your hands. One of long islands hidden gems . Make sure you don't make a mess and donate to the park
  • The beach is beautiful. Nice easy walking trails. The best part was feeding the birds right out of my hand.
  • Probably the best place to get out and immerse yourself in nature on the island. Feeding the birds from your hands is a wonderful experience that really makes you feel connected with nature. There's also a swamp and a beach area to sit and observe from. As far as bird feeding goes: Chickadees and Titmice are easy to feed. They'll come to you Bluebirds won't eat from your hand because they eat insects and have no interest in your seeds. Cardinals take some work. Normally they like bigger seeds but they'll just sit there and look at you. You have to be really still and earn their trust in order to feed a cardinal, though it is possible I've done it. Stay away from the turkeys. Overall magical place akin to a Disney Princess simulator

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