Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge

Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge
Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge (Source: Wikimedia)

Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge

Park Information

The Amagansett National Wildlife refuge graces the shore of the Atlantic Ocean on Long Island’s south fork. Established December 16, 1968, the 36-acre refuge is of special significance in the protection and management of fragile shore habitat and wildlife.

Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge
Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge (Source: Wikimedia)

Its unique double dune system embodies marine sand beach, primary dunes, secondary dunes, swales, fens, cranberry bogs, and oak scrub. Many rare plants, including several orchids, occur on the refuge.

A major purpose of the refuge is the protection of the secondary dunes, which have become scarce on Long Island due to development. Oldsquaw, white winged scoter, common loon and horned grebe spend winter off the refuge shore, while shorebirds, songbirds and raptors are a treat to visiting wildlife watchers during spring & fall.

Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge
Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge (Source: Wikimedia)

Merlin, Cooper’s hawk, kestrel, sharp-shinned hawk, and peregrine falcon soar over the dunes during migration. Ipswich sparrow, rough-legged hawk, and short eared owl spend winter at the refuge offering birders a cold-weather destination.

In late spring and summer the beach hosts piping plover, and common and least terns (protected by the Endangered Species Act) as well as sandpiper and other shorebirds. The Eastern hognose snake, a New York State designated species of special concern, can still be found on the refuge.

Agency Name:

Fish and Wildlife Service


The refuge is adjacent to Atlantic Avenue, off Route 27 in Amagansett, NY.

Geographic Location

Contact Info

Atlantic Ave.

Amagansett, NY


Additional Info

  • “Home – Amagansett – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service”. Accessed June 27, 2020. Link.

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