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Oyster Bay

Location: Oyster Bay, NY

Anchor Site(s): Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Mill Neck Preserve, Centre Island, Beekman Beach, the Waterfront Center, and Shu Swamp Nature Preserve

About the Site: The Oyster Bay Stewardship Area includes the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Mill Neck Preserve, Centre Island Beach Village Park, Beekman Beach, the Waterfront Center, and Shu Swamp Nature Preserve. These sites around Oyster Bay hold a rich historical, cultural and environmental heritage, providing numerous ecological and recreational benefits.

oyster bay 1Click the image and watch Scott Gurney, a Park Ranger at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, describe the beach at Cold Spring Harbor, part of the Oyster Bay Long Island Sound Stewardship Area, Theodore Roosevelt enjoyed with his family.

oyster bay 2Click the image and watch Park Ranger Gurney  give a descripton of  Shu Swamp Nature Preserve, a freshwater wetland that drains into Oyster Bay Harbor.


Ecological Importance

  • This Stewardship Area is designated as a New York State Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat, a New York State designated Outstanding Natural Coastal Area, and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area.
  • The American strawberry bush and sweetbay magnolia, both state-listed endangered plants, and osprey, a bird species of “special concern” in NY, are found in this Stewardship Area.
  • Red maple-black gum swamp habitat, an increasingly important habitat existing primarily in coastal areas throughout the state, is found in this Stewardship Area.
  • The Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge provides 3,209 acres of bay bottom, saltmarsh, and a freshwater wetland habitat that is home to more than126 bird species, harbor seals, sea turtles, and diamondback terrapins.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Relax at the beach or visit a local park located in this Stewardship Area.
  • Launch a boat, kayak, or canoe from the boat ramp and fishing pier/dock in Oyster Bay or rent a boat or kayak at the Bridge Marina in Bayville.
  • Visit the Waterfront Center, an educational and recreational facility which offers kayak and boat rentals, boating education, and environmental educational programs.
  • Visit Cold Spring Harbor, a charming, historic seaside town that supported the whaling industry and was known as “Clamtown”.
  • Explore the Theodore Roosevelt Audubon Sanctuary which offers a wide variety of activities, including environmental education, wildlife research, and conservation advocacy.
  • Visit Sagamore Hill, the home of Theodore Roosevelt (the 26th President of the United States) from 1885 until his death in 1919. The Visitor Center, Theodore Roosevelt Museum, and the park grounds are open for visitors to explore.
  • Wander along the Japanese Stroll Garden, a seamlessly integration of ageless Japanese landscape techniques with the woodland terrain of Long Island’s North Shore.

Dive Deeper

  •  State of the Watershed
    The State of the Watershed Report summarizes existing environmental and land use conditions and is the first step in developing a watershed management plan for Oyster Bay.
  • Watershed Action Plan
    This Watershed Action Plan identifies prioritized action items to protect and improve the health of the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor watershed and estuary.
  • Friends of the Bay                                                                                                               The Friends of the Bay website details the efforts of citizens and local governments to preserve, protect, and restore the Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor estuaries and the surrounding watershed.
  • Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee
    This Committee is made up of fourteen municipalities which officially formed the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee by signing an Intermunicipal Agreement in August 2012.
  • Mill River/Beekman Creek Restoration
    Learn on this web page about the impending restoration of Mill River and Beekman Creek, conducted by Friends of the Bay, Town of Oyster Bay, and the Long Island Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Places to Visit

  • Tiffany Creek Preserve is made up of three former estates sprawled over 197 acres and is home to many diverse ecological communities such as an oak forest and upland and wet meadows.
  • The Bailey Arboretum County Park sits on 40 acres of woods, ponds and gardens in close proximity to Oyster Bay and Long Island Sound. Bring a picnic or take a walk through the woodland trails.
  • Raynham Hall is a historic home on the shores of Oyster Bay, Long Island, revealing life from the American Revolution to the beginning of the Gold Coast.
  • Oyster Bay Historical Society offers exhibits, educational programs, and much more to teach you about the history of this Stewardship Area.
  • Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum explores the history of whaling in Long Island and Cold Spring Harbor.
  • Oyster Bay Railroad Museum in scenic Oyster Bay, NY is dedicated to preserving the rich legacy of Long Island’s railroad history.

Get Involved/Events

  • Spend your time volunteering with Friends of the Bay.
  • Check out the events happening in Oyster Bay, including musical events and festivals throughout the year!
  • Check out the events taking place around Cold Spring Harbor.
  • Find out what special events are taking place at the Theodore Roosevelt Audubon Sanctuary.

Field Notes

  • It’s the law to pump out your boat’s holding tank. Find a pumpout station here.

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Did You Know?

  • Endangered species such as the American strawberry bush, sweetbay magnolia, and bald eagles are found in this Stewardship Area.
  • The Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge an 3,209-acre refuge is part of this Stewardship Area.
  • This Stewardship Area includes undeveloped parkland, interpretive trails, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Oyster Bay

Success Stories

Invasive Plant Removed in Mill Pond
An initial infestation of water chestnut that once covered approximately three quarters of Mill Pond has now been reduced to a few plants along the shore and throughout the pond thanks to the efforts of US Fish and Wildlife, Friends of the Bay, The Nature Conservancy, North Shore Land Alliance, The Town of Oyster Bay, Huntington/Oyster Bay Audubon Society, local neighbors, and many volunteers.

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