Unspoiled places on Long Island

Hikers and bird watchers are invited to stroll
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Hikers and bird watchers are invited to stroll through the wildflower field paths of Avalon Preserve. This 76-acre preserve in Stony Brook is left to grow wild, open to visitors from dawn to dusk daily. (Credit: Sara-Megan Walsh)

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Despite the development wave that has washed over most of Long Island since World War II, there are plenty of wild places left, large and small -- forests whose timber has never been cut, meadows never farmed, swamps never drained to build houses.

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