Sportsman's ORV driving limitations
Due to the breach at Old Inlet, the sportsman's driving area is reduced to approximately 1¼ miles of the beach west of the Wilderness Visitor Center. Required permits may be purchased at this visitor center when staffed, for use through 12/31/2013. More »
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 »
Enjoy Fire Island's Annual Fall Migration: "Birding for Beginners" on October 15
Contact: Paula Valentine, Public Affairs, 631-687-4759
Contact: Kathy Krause, Chief of Interpretation, 631-687-4772
Contact: Wilderness Visitor Center, 631-281-3010
Fire Island, which is located along what is known as the Atlantic migratory flyway, is a spectacular place for birds and birdwatching, especially during the annual fall migration. Every year, migrant songbirds, hawks, and water birds touch down on this barrier island to rest and feed before continuing their journey south. It's now the peak of the fall migration - a perfect time to learn bird watching tips and techniques and to experience the migration first-hand.
Fire Island National Seashore is offering a free 2-hour course, "Birding for Beginners," on Saturday, October 15, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Practice using binoculars, learn to use a field guide, and get pointers from an experienced "birder" about how to identify birds in the field by sight and sound. "There's no better time to hone your birdwatching skills than during the annual migration when the number of birds and variety of species are at their peak," stated Fire Island's Chief of Interpretation Kathy Krause. "Fire Island's diverse maritime habitats from beach to bay provide ample foraging and resting places for the weary travelers." Krause noted that Fire Island is also an important staging area before many migratory species begin their journey across long expanses of open water.
Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes for walking on sand, and bring binoculars if you have them. There is no charge for this activity. The program begins inside the Wilderness Visitor Center, followed by an outdoor birdwatching excursion on the beach and to the bay. Parking is available at Smith Point County Park.
For more information and directions, call 631-281-3010 or visit www.nps.gov/fiis.
Learn more about migratory species in National Park Service sites.
Did You Know?
The Floyd family left to the National Park Service more than 3,000 books from their family's personal library. A number of books were written by descendants of William Floyd, who lived in the house at "Old Mastic." More...