Since 1986, Fire Island National Seashore - together with federal, state, and local agencies, volunteers, and private organizations - has been preserving and monitoring critical habitats and open spaces for the protection of threatened and endangered shorebirds and coastal plants.
The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) was officially removed from the federally threatened list on August 8, 2007. Eagles continue to be protected by the 1940 Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Bald eagles are occasionally sighted on Fire Island and have nested recently at the William Floyd Estate, a unit of the Seashore located in Mastic Beach on Long Island.
Fire Island National Seashore's piping plover monitoring and protection program begins in March with a restriction on driving, pets and kites on portions of the beach. Symbolic fencing is installed to mark suitable plover habitat.
As nests are established, exclosures are constructed to protect both nest and eggs. After the chicks have fledged, restrictions on pets and kites are lifted, but the symbolic fencing is left in place for the protection of beach plants.
Help Protect Threatened and Endangered Species
Reptiles and Amphibians
The seabeach knotweed (Polygonum glaucum) is a New York State rare plant that can be found on Fire Island.
Stranded Marine Animals
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation
24-hour Stranding Hotline 631-369-9829
Last updated: May 2, 2018