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Platform To Be Replaced


Superstorm Sandy destroyed the overlook which allowed a panoramic view of Long Island Sound. The refuge has received money to replace the platform. Construction will begin next year!

About the Complex

Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Target Rock is managed as part of the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Target Rock is managed as part of the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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

  • Volunteer Work Day

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    Looking to get your hands dirty? The refuge needs volunteers on Wednesday, July 8th from 10AM – 1PM to help remove wineberry and other invasive plants. Wineberry forms dense shady patches that displace native plants and cause significant changes to habitat structure. Volunteers will assist in cutting, hand pulling and bagging plants for disposal to help prevent further spreading.

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  • Resource Management

    Beach Cleanup - USFWS

    With its coastal location, Target Rock provides excellent habitat for migratory birds. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service manages the refuge to protect this special area for migratory songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl and other wildlife. From April 1st through August 31st, a portion of the beach at Target Rock is closed to the public in order to provide undisturbed nesting and feeding habitat for bank swallows and shorebirds like the federally threatened piping plover.

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  • Know Before You Go

    The refuge is open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. Late October through early April offer the best times to view waterfowl on the refuges. The forests come alive in spring with the arrival of warblers and other migratory songbirds, while red fox, wild turkey and white-tailed deer may greet you year-round. Visit Plan Your Visit to learn more.

    Plan Your Visit
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Target Rock refuge - Richard Sack.
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2015
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