A chipmunk in the woods of the Welwyn (Credit: Michael E. Ach)

A chipmunk in the woods of the Welwyn Preserve, a Nassau County property. (June 11, 2010)

Long Island habitats and wildlife

Long Island habitats and wildlife

The sun just breaking the horizon at Montauk
(Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

The sun just breaking the horizon at Montauk Point on the longest day of the year. (June 21, 2010)

The lighthouse during sunrise at Montauk Point on
(Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

The lighthouse during sunrise at Montauk Point on the longest day of the year. (June 21, 2010)

A fishing boat cruising during the early morning
(Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

A fishing boat cruising during the early morning hour just before sunrise at Montauk Point on the longest day of the year. (June 21, 2010)

The Montauk Point Lighthouse shortly after sunrise. Summer
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

The Montauk Point Lighthouse shortly after sunrise. Summer began at 7:28am on Long Island. (June 21, 2010)

A butterfly rests on skunk cabbage in Shu
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

A butterfly rests on skunk cabbage in Shu Swamp Nature Preserve, also called the Charles T. Church Nature Sanctuary. (June 11, 2010)

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A wren sings in the woods of the
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

A wren sings in the woods of the Welwyn Preserve, a Nassau County property. (June 11, 2010)

Beach plum blooms on the beach at the
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Beach plum blooms on the beach at the Welwyn Preserve, a Nassau County property. (June 11, 2010)

A wild flower chicory grows in an abandoned
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

A wild flower chicory grows in an abandoned parking lot. (June 14, 2010)

Beach plum blooms on the beach at the
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Beach plum blooms on the beach at the Welwyn Preserve, a Nassau County property. (June 11, 2010)

Wild cactus blooms behind the beach at the
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Wild cactus blooms behind the beach at the Welwyn Preserve, a Nassau County property. (June 11, 2010)

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A chipmunk in the woods of the Welwyn
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

A chipmunk in the woods of the Welwyn Preserve, a Nassau County property. (June 11, 2010)

A wild rabbit at the Morton National Wildlife
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

A wild rabbit at the Morton National Wildlife Refuge. (June 12, 2010)

Mushrooms grow in the woods of the Welwyn
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Mushrooms grow in the woods of the Welwyn Preserve, a Nassau County property. (June 11, 2010)

A man feeds a chickadee at the Morton
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

A man feeds a chickadee at the Morton National Wildlife Refuge. (June 12, 2010)

A cat bird sings in the woods of
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

A cat bird sings in the woods of the Welwyn Preserve, a Nassau County property. (June 11, 2010)

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A wild turkey in the woods of Morton
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

A wild turkey in the woods of Morton National Wildlife Refuge. (June 12, 2010)

An osprey returns to its nest at Heckscher
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

An osprey returns to its nest at Heckscher State Park. (June 12, 2010)

A cormorant takes off in the Long Island
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

A cormorant takes off in the Long Island Sound by the Welwyn Preserve, a Nassau County property. (June 14, 2010)

Horseshoe crabs mate in the Long Island Sound
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Horseshoe crabs mate in the Long Island Sound by the Welwyn Preserve, a Nassau County property. (June 11, 2010)

A black-crowned night heron looks for fish in
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

A black-crowned night heron looks for fish in Mill Neck Bay. (June 11, 2010)

A pair of ducks fly along Reynolds Channel
(Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara)

A pair of ducks fly along Reynolds Channel in Lido Beach past the Freeport power plant in the background. (June 15, 2010)

(Credit: Photo by KEVIN P. COUGHLIN)

Horses gathered under a tree at a farm
(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

Horses gathered under a tree at a farm in Mattituck (June 12, 2010)

Woods in Shu Swamp Nature Preserve, also called
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Woods in Shu Swamp Nature Preserve, also called the Charles T. Church Nature Sanctuary. (June 11, 2010)

Deer in the woods of Morton National Wildlife
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Deer in the woods of Morton National Wildlife Refuge. (June 12, 2010)