Plan Your Visit

Visitor Contact Station - USFWS.

Know Before You Go

  • The refuge is open ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset.
  • No pets are allowed on the refuge, their presence disturbs wildlife;
  • Late October through early April offer the best times to view waterfowl on the refuge. The forests come alive in spring with the arrival of migratory songbirds; while chickadees, black ducks, wild turkey and white-tailed deer may greet you year-round.
  • In order to protect sensitive nesting birds, a portion of the beach is closed from April – August. During that time, binoculars help you see the refuge’s beach-dependent wildlife.
  • 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.
  • Restrooms are located at the Visitor Contact Station at the start of the trail.

Points of Interest

Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex Visitor Center and Headquarters located at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge

340 Smith Road
Shirley, NY 11967
(631) 286-0485

Morton Points of Interest 

  • Hike the self-guided Wild Birds Nature Trail (1.2 mile) through woodland areas and onto the beach;
  • Walk the beach for almost two miles along Jessup’s Neck Peninsula;
  • Photograph white-tailed deer, turkeys and songbirds at close range;
  • Observe a variety of threatened and endangered species including piping plovers; roseate, common and least terns; Kemp’s Ridley turtles and loggerhead sea turtles.