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Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge- The Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge was established on December 16, 1968, as the result of a land transfer from the U.S. Coast Guard. The refuge is situated on the Atlantic Ocean on Long Island's south fork and is of special significance in the port
Conscience Point National Wildlife Refuge- Conscience Point National Wildlife Refuge, located along the north shore of south fork in Long Island, consists of sparsely wooded forest of oak and beech, open grasslands and both freshwater and salt water marshes.
Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge- The Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge consists of a one and a half mile long peninsula that separates Little Peconic Bay from Noyac Bay. The Morton NWR is perhaps the most picturesque of the Long Island refuges.
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge- Located in western New York, the refuge serves as a nesting, feeding, resting and staging areas for migratory waterfowl.
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge- Montezuma NWR is located at the north end of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York, about halfway between Syracue and Rochester. The refuge has emergent and forested wetlands.
Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge- The Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located on the north shore of Long Island, 20 miles to the east of New York City.
Seatuck National Wildlife Refuge- Seatuck National Wildlife Refuge was created in the fall of 1968 for the management of migratory birds. The Refuge consists primarily of salt marsh with scattered stands of great reed. Freshwater and woodland habitats comprise the remaining area.
Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge- is located on the north shore of Long Island, 25 miles east of New York City. It consists of mixed upland forest, a half mile of rocky beach, a brackish and several vernal ponds.
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge- The Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge is located on the south shore of Long Island. The refuge is bisected by the Carmans River which flows into Bellport Bay - the eastern most portion of Great South Bay.

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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.

Attractions - 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.

Location - New York's National Wildlife Refuges are found in the Long Island, Genesee and Finger Lakes Travel Regions.


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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1849 C Street , Washington, DC, 20240
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New York - This state harbors something for every outdoor enthusiast. From rock climbing in the Shawangunk Mountains to swimming at Fire Island, New York terrain provides for every interest.

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