There are twenty-seven IBAs on Long Island stretching from Jamaica Bay to Orient Point emphasizing the global significance of this ecosystem for birds, fish, and other wildlife. Long Island’s beaches, salt marshes, and inland habitats provide crucial habitat for threatened at-risk bird species, such as the Piping Plover (accounting for 20% of the Atlantic Coast species population). Long Island is also home to the largest colony of Roseate Terns in North America and supports nesting Least Terns and American Oystercatchers.
Long Island IBAs, together with Audubon New York’s Long Island Bird Conservation Program and our education programs, employ an ecosystem protection strategy to protect natural habitats for birds. Our Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center in Oyster Bay, the oldest songbird sanctuary in the nation, offers innovative programs and collaborates with
partners to conduct beach clean-ups, migration surveys, and other important habitat-focused activities.