Following a very successful beach nesting season, refuge staff have removed the fencing that protected the nesting area and opened the beach to our visitors.Official News Release
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
Have you heard the news? 2015 has been a year of unprecedented nesting success at the refuge! Check out the most recent field report. Image courtesy of bio tech Carolyn Comber.Nesting Success
Since 1934, Federal Duck Stamp sales have raised more than $850 million to acquire and protect more than 6 million acres of wetlands habitat on hundreds of national wildlife refuges spread across all 50 states and U.S. territories. A current Federal Duck Stamp is also good for free admission to any refuge that charges an entry fee. Stamps can be purchased at the Wertheim Refuge visitor center located at 340 Smith Road, Shirley, NY 11967.Click here for more information
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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.
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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2015