This site includes the Napeague State Park, administered by
NYS OPRHP, and surrounding wetlands and beaches, including
Napeague Harbor.

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Ornithological Summary

This site provides important habitat for the Northern Harrier (male and
female have been observed), Piping Plover (six pairs in 1999), Common
Tern (two pairs in 1997), and Least Tern (five pairs in 1999).

Conservation Issues

Nesting Piping Plovers and terns are vulnerable to disturbance
during the nesting season. Therefore, recreational activities
including beach-walking, boat landing, off-road vehicle use, and
picnicking near nesting areas should be minimized from April
through mid-August. Predation by foxes, gulls, and crows is also a
concern. Flooding and subsequent loss and abandonment of nests
can occur at spring high tides.

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