• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

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  • Pet Restrictions in Effect March 15 through Labor Day

    Dogs/other pets (except for service animals) are not allowed in the wilderness or on any of Fire Island's federally owned oceanfront beaches from March 15 through Labor Day to help protect threatened and endangered beach-nesting shorebirds. More »

  • Backcountry Camping Permit and Access Procedures

    Reservations for required permits must be obtained through www.recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Watch Hill or points west, and involve a 1½ to 8 mile hike. More »

  • Attention Watch Hill Ferry Passengers

    Due to channel conditions, delay or cancellation of ferry service between Patchogue and Watch Hill may occur. For updated ferry schedule information, please call 631-475-1665.

Insects, Spiders, Centipedes, Millipedes

Monarchs rest on goldenrod.
From mid-September to early October, watch for the annual migration of monarch butterflies along the duneline on Fire Island.
 

Hundreds of species of insects occur on Fire Island, from dragonflies and butterflies to mosquitoes and ticks.

Most insects are active in the warmer months and many of these insects, like pollinators, help sustain natural ecosystems.

It's a special treat to view the annual fall migration of monarch butterflies and dragonflies along Fire Island. Located along the Atlantic flyway, Fire Island National Seashore provides excellent habitat for many migratory species.

All insect species are valuable to their ecosystems. Mosquitoes, for example, are a food source for some birds, fish, and dragonflies. Odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) are considered by scientist to be excellent indicators of wetland ecosystem health.

Fire Island's beach and intertidal invertebrate communities are an important component of the ecosystem, serving as forage for shore birds, including federal and state listed threatened and endangered shore bird species.

 
 

Did You Know?

The uppermost level of a long bridge sloping down to the island is covered by a string of cars and vans.

You may drive to either end of Fire Island, and walk to Fire Island National Seashore from either Robert Moses State Park or Smith Point County Park. You should anticipate long lines of traffic on warm, sunny weekend days. More...