Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, Noyack

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#9 of 10 in Wildlife in Long Island
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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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  • 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
  • Great way to get out and experience some nature. Wildlife everywhere and easy to spot. Turkeys, Chipmunks, rabbits, birds, etc. Shady path stays a bit cooler I'm summer.
  • Beautiful small stretch of beach. Scenic wooded trail, about a mile circle. Deer, wild turkeys, turtles, bullfrogs, wide variety of small seed eating birds, seen through the woods & many interesting invertebrates on the beach. A hidden gem on Long Island!! Keep it clean please!!
  • Have been going here for years... awesome place to walk! You can have the birds eat right from your hand, and if your lucky maybe a chipmunk or a squirrel! Beautiful beach and nice trails! I will continue to go for years to come!
  • This is a peaceful, animal-filled, preserve with a great walking beach and plenty of photo friendly spots.

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