Explore Birds at Fire Island National Seashore
Before you head out to go birdwatching at Fire Island National Seashore, e-mail us to request a birding checklist.
During fall migration, you can join Fire Island Raptor Enumerators, a group of dedicated individuals who collect data and keep records on the numbers of raptors and their flight patterns in this region, to watch the fall migration of raptors from the raptor-viewing platform just east of Robert Moses State Park, Field 5.
A Diversity of Bird Species
Located along the Atlantic migratory flyway, Fire Island plays host to a wide variety of both migratory and resident bird species. The island's rich mosaic of forest, dune, and marsh habitats offers feeding and nesting opportunities for a wide array of shorebirds, songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, and waders.
Fire Island National Seashore is one of more than 40 National Park Service sites that are recognized as "Globally Important Bird Areas" by conservation organizations. The Seashore's Atlantic coastline is a part of the American Bird Conservancy's designated Long Island Piping Plover Nesting Beaches.
Last updated: June 5, 2018