Marine Nature Study Area
This preserve on the south shore of long Island in the town of Oceanside is tricky to find. Please fund directions on website. This is a salt marsh that provides visitors to learn about the ecosystem and its wild inhabitants. On its 52 Acres, there are paths and boardwalks where one can birdwatch and enjoy nature. The buildings adjacent to the parking area contain exhibits containing live animals as well as museum dioramas and descriptions of scientific interest. There is also a board with the various species of birds seen in recent days.
The preserve is open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm and on Sundays in until May. You may want to call just to double check.
UPDATE: The trails are open temporarily until the repair and restoration program enters the next phase.
Nassau County Museum of Art
This little museum in the town of Roslyn is a gem for museum and art afficienados. It has exhibits of 19th and 20th century American and European Art in a variety of medium. There are also special exhibits that are presented several times a year. Examples of past shows include Napolean and the Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt. Also on the premises is a formal garden which is lovely in the Spring. And there are modern sculptors too. There is a small admissions fee. Check website for special exhibits, hours and directions.
Most Recent Special Exhibit featured life-sized sculptors of images from Impressionistic paintings created by J. Seward Johnson. (See photo)
Fire Island National Seashore
This part of the National Park System is located on a barrier beach in Central Suffolk County. There are nature trails, an interpretive center with exhibits and some very nice beaches. The forests and dunes are home to an assortment of animal life.
Including White Tailed Deer. Birds include Eastern Towhee and Gray Catbird.
Though accessible by car, the easiest way to get there is by ferry. These depart from the towns of Patchogue, Sayville and Bayshore. Schedules and other information can be found at the website. Or, direct from the National Park Service
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
This is a place not normally visited unless one is into nature or birdwatching. Part of the Gateway National Recreational Area, this refuge is a haven for migratory and nesting birds of all kinds. It is listed as one of the top spots for birds and birding in the Eastern USA. There are 2 units, east and west. Most people go to the west unit because of the wide path that circumnavigates the pond, the center of activity here. A variety of water fowl, waders and other birds can be seen here throughout the year. But the Spring and Fall Migration are best. Other animals are found here as well. These include bats, muskrat, Red Fox and Racoon. But these are seldom seen. If your a nature buff, please consider a visit here. One may also take in nice views of the NYC skyline. The refuge is located off the Cross Bay Blvd in Queens County and can be found on most maps.
Scenes along the road...
I've included several pics of the farm scenes along the way in North Fork. I never tire of seeing these peaceful landscapes. There are Montauk daisies everywhere!
- Road Trip
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