DEC has announced the grand opening of the Long Island segment of the New York State Birding Trail. The Long Island segment includes 20 locations throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, providing a variety of quality birding experiences for New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy.
This announcement also featured the addition of Governors Island to the previously announced New York City segment. Long Island is the third segment of the trail completed, following New York City and Greater Niagara.
From the Montauk Point State Park on the tip of Long Island to Hempstead Lake in Nassau County, visitors can enjoy birding at a variety of habitats. Visitors can enjoy birding at coastal locations like the barrier island ecosystem at Fire Island Lighthouse, where one-third of all North American bird species have been recorded.
Long Island is part of the Atlantic flyway and on the migratory path of a high diversity of birds.
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Photo of Long Island NYS Birding Trail provided.