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.
Fire Island National Seashore 9th Biennial Science Conference
Contact: Kathy Krause, 631-687-4772
Contact: Registration, 631-687-5030
Patchogue, New York – Fire Island National Seashore will host its 9th Biennial Science Conference March 28 – 29, 2014 at the Patchogue YMCA. The focus of the two-day event will be recent research and monitoring efforts conducted within the park, including presentations about how the island has changed since Hurricane Sandy.
"We are delighted to host professionals committed to better understanding the dynamic nature of the barrier island and to provide a public forum for them to share what they have learned," said Fire Island National Seashore Superintendent Chris Soller. "Their work plays an important role in decisions about managing Fire Island's natural resources."
Long-time Fire Island researcher and author of Ecological Studies of the Sunken Forest, Dr. Henry Art, will kick off the conference with a look back on four decades of change in the island's globally rare maritime holly forest. National Park Service staff and researchers from U.S. Geological Survey, University of Rhode Island, Stony Brook University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and Rutgers University will present their work on topics ranging from coastal change to marine and terrestrial wildlife throughout the day on March 28th. All presentations are geared toward a general public audience.
On Saturday, March 29th, the park will offer a guided field trip to the breach at Old Inlet, a dynamic feature left behind by 2012's Hurricane Sandy that has provided a unique opportunity for scientific monitoring. Field trip participants will view relics of the storm and see first-hand the natural recovery processes taking place on this 3-mile round-trip hike.
For more information
Did You Know?
The piping plover is a federally threatened and New York State endangered species. It may be delisted when a total of 575 breeding pairs can be maintained in New York and New Jersey for five years. Fire Island National Seashore is currently the home of 15 - 20 nesting pairs of these shorebirds. More...