The Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of 9 National Wildlife Refuges and one Wildlife Management Area spread across Long Island, totaling nearly 6,500 acres. The primary purpose for each unit within the Complex is to provide crucial habitat to protect and benefit wildlife. These units encompass many of Long Island’s habitat types, including tidal wetlands, sandy beaches, and Pitch Pine forest. Long Island’s strategic location along the along the Atlantic Flyway provides important nesting, wintering, and migratory stop-over areas for hundreds of species of bird species. In addition to migratory birds the refuges also provide critical habitat for Long Island’s endangered species and other wildlife. Each refuge is unique and, as a Complex, provide a diverse and necessary component to wildlife survival.