If you enjoy bird watching, make sure to visit Long Island’s Shelter Island. Shelter Island is just a short Ferry ride from the village of Greenport, NY is a perfect location to bike and watch birds. If you don’t plan to bring your own bike, do not worry as rentals are available at the Mobile Station not far from the North Ferry dock. Although bird watching can be done from about any location on Shelter Island, one of the favorite locations is Mashomack Preserve, known as a nature lovers’ delight.
Mashomack Preserve is considered one of the richest habitats in the Northeast. The preserve contains 2,039 acres, which is about 1/3 of the island. Among the riches to be found are tidal creeks, oak woodlands, fields, and freshwater marshes. The preserve is often referred to as the “Jewel of the Peconic” and is edged in white by 10 miles of coastline. Mashomack Preserve is open 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., March through September, and 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. October through February.
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