Kayakers on the water

The Friends of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge supports

  • the primary purposes of the refuge: for use as an inviolate sanctuary for migratory birds, for the protection and enhancement of natural resources and for the conservation of endangered and/or threatened species; 
  • wildlife-dependent recreational and educational activities that enhance and further the primary purpose of the refuge; and 
  • foster cooperative and mutually productive relationships between the refuge and adjacent communities. 

FOW is responsible for operating the Nature Store at the Long Island National Refuge Complex Visitor Center in Shirley, NY. They can be reached at: 

A list of our partners:  

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory 
  • Central Pine Barrens Commission 
  • Dept. of Environment & Energy 
  • Ducks Unlimited 
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 
  • Suffolk County – Vector Control  
  • U.S. Geological Survey