Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge

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The Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of seven national wildlife refuges, two refuge sub-units, and one wildlife management area. Collectively, the ten units are approximately 6,500 acres in size. Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge is home to the refuge complex headquarters and visitor center.

In 2011 the refuge opened. The opening concluded with an honoring and blessing ceremony conducted by members of the Unkechaug and Shinnecock Indian Nations.

Within the visitor center, an area of the museum is dedicated to the local Unkechaug tribal history in the area, reinforcing their connection to the land and sustainable lifestyle. The display is in collaboration with the Unkechaug, featuring drawings and beadwork from indigenous artists, family photographs, and quotes from tribal members that represent their story and values.