• 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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  • New Backcountry Camping procedures

    Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »

Other Invertebrates (corals, sponges, worms, etc.)

Fire Island's beach and intertidal invertebrate communities are an important component of the ecosystem which serves as forage for shore birds, includes several species from the taxonomic groups Annelida (Oligochaeta) and Amphipoda.

The horseshoe crab is an interesting and intriguing member of the phylum Arthropoda.


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USACE's Beach and Intertidal Invertebrate Study, January 2005, included a spring and fall survey in 2003 of the beach and intertidal invertebrate assemblages located along both the oceanside and bayside of the FIMP study area, inlcuding stations on Fire Island that had been sampled in 1995-96.

Beach and Intertidal Invertebrate Study, January 2005
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers

As a part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) comprehensive study to identify, evaluate, and recommend longterm measures for hurricane storm damage reduction for the south shore of Long Island, New York from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point (FIMP), a number of environmental studies have been completed.

Did You Know?

Coral-pink sunrise over low, dark silhouette of the island, a sliver of calm bay water to the left and gentle ocean waves to the right.

Barrett Beach/Talisman is one of the narrowest parts of 32-mile-long Fire Island. You can easily walk from one side of the island to the other—bay to ocean—in 5 minutes or less. More...