On September 23, Supervisor Ed Romaine joined Nathanial Woodhull Elementary School students during a field trip to the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley. During the event, the Supervisor spoke with over 100 students about the environment, recycling and local government.
“Wertheim is a natural treasure right here in Brookhaven Town,” said Supervisor Romaine. “I enjoyed spending time speaking with the children and I was impressed with their knowledge and enthusiasm for protecting the environment. Everyone should visit to Wertheim, it’s one of the most beautiful places on Long Island.”
The Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge is 2,550 acre refuge on the south shore of Long Island is bisected by the Carmans River; a New York state designated scenic river and one of the largest on the island. Wertheim hosts a variety of habitats including oak-pine woodlands, grasslands and fresh, brackish and salt water wetlands. These habitats attract and support many types of wildlife including white-tailed deer, osprey, muskrat, fox, turtles, frogs and fish. The refuge also serves as a haven for waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors and songbirds.