A portion of refuge beach known as Jessup's Neck will be temporarily closed from early April through the end of August to protect nesting habitat for threatened bird species. A small portion of the beach is still open for recreation. Please obey closed area signs.
About the Complex
The Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of seven refuges, two refuge sub-units and one wildlife management area.
Elizabeth A. Morton is managed as part of the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Around the Refuge
We are now accepting applications for Resident RV Volunteers.Click here for more information.
There are activities year-round at Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge such as wildlife viewing, photography and fishing.Visitor Activities
Mosquitoes and flies can be prevalent during the spring and summer - be sure to bring bug spray! Poison ivy and ticks are found throughout the refuge. Stay on the trails to limit your exposure.Plan Your Visit
There are many ways to get involved at Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge. We rely on volunteers and interns to help us fulfill our mission and goals.Get Involved
Piping plovers, federally-listed as threatened, arrive at the refuge between mid-March and early April. Once a full clutch of eggs has been laid, the refuge erects a wire exclosure around the nest. This keeps predators away from the nest, while allowing the birds to come and go. Interns monitor hatching and fledging rates.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 14, 2014