Resource Management

Left: Beach nesting bird monitoring - USFWS. Right: Mile-a-minute infestation - USFWS.

Beach Nesting Bird Monitoring

Seasonal interns are hired each year to assist with beach nesting bird monitoring (left image) during the spring and summer months. In addition to the piping plover exclosures, interns monitor bird locations and species numbers daily. This information is used to estimate regional numbers of these federally and state threatened and endangered species.

Invasive Species

Refuge staff are founding members of the Long Island Invasive Species Management Area. Networking with other members and attending periodic public meetings has helped us realize the most problematic species, develop mapping standards, prioritize treatment regimens and prepare outreach materials.

Unfortunately, much of the habitat adjacent to public-use areas, contain abundant invasive exotic plants such as garlic mustard, Asiatic bittersweet, Japanese honeysuckle, and Japanese barberry.

Trapping Occurs on this Refuge.

Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations. Click here for more information.