Birdwatching, Fire Island National Seashore , New York

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About Birdwatching, Fire Island National Seashore :

Fire Island's barrier island habitats and location on the Atlantic Flyway make this a good home for both resident and migratory birds.

The tidal marsh on the Great South Bay, especially at Watch Hill, is a good place to look for waterfowl, herons and egrets, and red-winged blackbirds.

The Sunken Forest, a mature maritime forest at Sailors Haven, provides dense cover for migrating warblers. Other birds, such as the towhee, can be heard rustling the leaves on the forest floor. 

Near the Fire Island Lighthouse, the fall migration of hawks is monitored by the Fire Island Raptor Enumerators (FIRE) from September through mid-November.

Varied habitats of the William Floyd Estate include woods and fields, creeks and salt marsh, providing additional opportunities for bird watching.

Local Audubon Society groups participate in "citizen science" by conducting annual Christmas Bird Count censuses and the Summer Breeding Bird Census in parts of the park.

The National Audubon Society and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology sponsor an annual Great Backyard Bird Count in February. Participants can log on and get the easy-to-follow instructions and checklists neede

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About Birdwatching, Fire Island National Seashore :
Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) is a United States National Seashore that protects a 26 mile (41.6 km) section of Fire Island, an approximately 30 mile (48 km) long barrier island separated from Long Island by the Great South Bay. There are 17 private communities within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore including Saltaire, Fire Island Pines, and Ocean Beach. Only two bridges lead to Fire Island and the national seashore and there are no public roads within the seashore itself. The Robert Moses Causeway leads to Robert Moses State Park on the western end of Fire Island while the William Floyd Parkway leads to the eastern end of the island. Fire Island National Seashore was established as a unit of the National Park Service on September 11, 1964. * The Fire Island Light is located near the western end of the seashore near Robert Moses State Park. * Sailor's Haven is home to a popular 1.5 mile (2.4 km) boardwalk trail through an area known as the Sunken Forest
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