Wildlife & Habitat

  • Piping Plovers

    Piping Plover

    Piping plovers, federally listed as threatened, arrive at the refuge between mid-March and early April. Before the bird arrive fencing put up on a portion of the beach area to ensure the birds have the privacy they need. 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. The heaviest use of the refuge by plovers occurs in July: not only nesting adults and their young, but also adults and fledglings from other areas forage and loaf there.

  • Terns

    Roseate tern - USFWS.

    Terns are highly visible species at the refuge in late spring and early summer. The most common species include two state-designated threatened species, the common tern and the least tern, and the federal-listed endangered species, the roseate tern. The refuge beach is a favorite loafing site and the surrounding bay provides excellent foraging habitat for all tern species at that time of year. The refuge also serves as a local staging area for many terns before the breeding season.

  • Double Dune System

    Double Dune System

    Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge has a unique double dune system, a habitat type that has been lost on much of Long Island due to development. In the spring and summer, the secondary dunes and swale display an impressive array of rare orchids, wildflowers and grasses.