Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located 20 miles east of New York City and 5 miles west of Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge. Check out our Plan Your Visit page to learn about points of interest and for driving directions to the refuge.Plan Your Visit
About the Complex
The Long Island Complex Visitor Center is located at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge.
Oyster Bay 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
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on a draft Compatibility Determination to allow Seawanhaka Yacht Club to conduct maintenance dredging on Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Comments are needed by October 10, 2014. Written comments should be submitted to Refuge Manager, Michelle Potter, Long Island NWR Complex, 340 Smith Road, Shirley, NY 11967; fax (631) 286-4003; or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.Click here for a copy of the Compatibility Determination
There are visitor activities year round at Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge, including fishing, wildlife viewing and photography. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more.Visitor Activities
There are many ways to get involved with the national wildlife refuges on Long Island. We rely on volunteers and interns to help us fulfill our mission and goals. Volunteer positions range from visitor center greeter to beach cleanup and invasive species control. To learn more, visit our Get Involved page.Get Involved
Oyster Bay has the greatest winter waterfowl use of any of the Long Island national wildlife refuges. The numbers of waterfowl using Oyster Bay are lowest from May through August, and start to increase in September and October. Puddle ducks such as black ducks, gadwall, and mallards start migrating to the refuge in early autumn, and their diversity begins to increase in November. Waterfowl numbers peak and remain high from December through March, then decline in April.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Birds flying over the shoreline - Richard Sack.
Last Updated: Sep 29, 2014