Description - The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife manage nine wildlife refuges in New York. These refuges lie in three travel regions: Long Island, Genesee and Finger Lakes. The Wildlife Refuges provide excellent habitat for waterfowl, other bird life and an abundance of wildlife. The refuges also offer opportunities for bird watching, viewing wildlife, nature study and hiking.
- New York's National Wildlife Refuges protect numerous tracts of diverse landscape for the benefit of abundance of wildlife. The refuges are home to millions of migratory birds.
Recreation - The refuges offer opportunities for bird watching, viewing numerous other types of wildlife, fishing, hiking and environmental interpretation, and simply enjoying nature. Several overlooks offer an even closer look at these fragile environments.
Climate - New York experiences four distinct seasons, with spring and fall being the most pleasant times to travel through the region. Humidity in the southeastern areas of the state can make summer travel uncomfortable, although many festivals and special events occur during that season. Summer highs in the lower elevations of New York usually don't surpass 90 degrees F. Thunderstorms occur a few times a week and can bring needed relief from the heat.
During the fall and spring humidity levels drop with temperatures and make for pleasantly mild traveling weather. Fall brings brilliant color changes in the leaves and spring bring blooming flowers to all regions of the state.
Winter travel can be hazardous as the western portion of the state receives extreme amounts of snow. Debilitating ice storms hit the southeastern portion of the state as often as snow. Although the major highways are usually clear soon after snow, in time to reach the ski resorts in northern New York.
New York's National Wildlife Refuges are found in the Long Island, Genesee and Finger Lakes Travel Regions.