Visiting National Wildlife Refuges
in New York State is not always an easy matter. But the experience is usually more than worth whatever effort you put in to accessing the refuge. President Theodore Roosevelt was the founder and prime mover behind the National Wildlife Refuge system. His Sagamore Hill home in Oyster Bay still stands fittingly adjacent to the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a spot that he knew and loved well. Other National Wildlife Refuges in the State of New York have been established to protect the habitat, breeding and nesting areas of wildlife throughout the state but they are also wonderful places to visit and to share with your family. Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Theodore Roosevelt always spoke with great affection for his family dwelling on Oyster Bay. Today that home, Sagamore Hill, is a National Historic Site and it is surrounded by the waters of the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. It appears the TR knew where to put down roots. The Oyster Bay Refuge is protected by law because of the habitat its waters provide
for many species of marine life. While the species are important on their own, they also have tremendous value as a food source for fish eating birds and also aquatic mammals like seals and turtles .