Dwarf Pine Plains Preserve, County Road 31, Westhampton Beach:
Directions: Sunrise Highway (NY 27) to exit 63 south; County Road 31 south about .10 of a mile. Park at the Suffolk County Water Authority’s Eastern Regional Office which will be on the left of County Road 31.
Robert Cushman Murphy County Park, River Road, Calverton and Manorville:
Directions: LIE (Route 495) to exit 70; CR 111 south to Halsey Manor Road; left turn at Halsey Manor Road; follow north, across the Long Island Expressway and railroad tracks. Halsey Manor Road becomes Connecticut Avenue once railroad tracks have been crossed. Follow Connecticut Avenue north to River Road. Make left turn at River Road and make next left turn at Old River Road. Follow Old River Road to the first entrance on your right (north side of the road).
Southaven County Park, Victory Boulevard, Shirley:
Directions: From Sunrise Highway, take exit 58 north. As you enter William Floyd Parkway, prepare to turn west onto Victory Avenue. Follow signs to main entrance to park.
Park office: 631-854-1414.
Photo: Great Blue Heron
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Shirley and Brookhaven:
Directions: From east: Sunrise Highway (NY 27) to exit 68 south; take William Floyd Parkway south to Montauk Highway, approximately ¼ mile; take right; take left on Smith Road, approximately ¾ mile; access to the refuge is approximately ½ mile on right.
From west: Sunrise Highway (NY 27) to exit 67 south; take Horseblock Road south to Montauk Highway, approximately .10 mile; take left; take right on Smith Road, approximately 1.5 miles; access to the refuge is approximately ½ mile on right.