We are continuing our winter series of monthly hikes with the goal of discovering various habitats and landscapes throughout Long Island, exploring new trails, immersing ourselves in nature, practicing teamwork and challenging ourselves in a fun way. We will also be working on collecting photos and notes on the flora and fauna we find interesting to contribute to a specialized project on iNaturalist.
Our final hike of this series will take place at Elizabeth Morton Wildlife Refuge. Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, a 187-acre peninsula on Noyack and Little Peconic Bays, boasts exceptionally diverse habitats. Sandy and rocky beaches fringe the peninsula, while wooded bluffs overlook the Bays. Morton consists of upland forest, fields, ponds, salt marsh, beach and a lagoon. These habitats are used by a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, eastern chipmunk, painted turtles, green frogs, songbirds and osprey. Waterfowl, such as long-tailed duck, common goldeneye and white-winged scoter, are common during the winter months, while piping plover, terns, and other water birds use the beach during the spring and summer months. (information derived from the FWS)
We will be meeting at the main entrance parking lot off Noyack Rd in Sag Harbor.
*Due to the further drive, parents are welcome to stay and follow behind our group for this event
What to bring/further instructions:
- Please dress warm and wear layers
- Hiking boots with thick socks
- Water bottle/snack
- Binoculars (if you have)