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With a diversity of habitats that includes coastal (Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

With a diversity of habitats that includes coastal oak forests, salt marsh shorelines, grasslands and fresh water wetlands, Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island is home to a variety of plant, animal and bird species. (May 16, 2012)

Mashomack Preserve

The 2,039-acre former hunting preserve on Shelter Island that covers a third of the island delights visitors with 10 miles of shell-covered shoreline, tidal creeks, mature oak woodlands, meadows and freshwater marshes.

Among the different habitats at the Mashomack Preserve
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Among the different habitats at the Mashomack Preserve in Shelter Island is its cobbled shoreline. (May 16, 2012)

With a diversity of habitats that includes coastal
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

With a diversity of habitats that includes coastal oak forests, salt marsh shorelines, grasslands and fresh water wetlands, Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island is home to a variety of plant, animal and bird species. (May 16, 2012)

Among the different habitats at the Mashomack Preserve
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Among the different habitats at the Mashomack Preserve in Shelter Island is the coastal oak forest where you can find oak trees that range in age from 165 to 200 years old. (May 16, 2012)

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Shells cover the shoreline at the Mashomack Preserve
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Shells cover the shoreline at the Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. (May 16, 2012)

With a diversity of habitats that includes shorelines,
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

With a diversity of habitats that includes shorelines, grasslands, coastal oak forests, salt marshes and fresh water wetlands, Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island is home to a variety of plant, animal and bird species. (May 16, 2012)

Lush ferns are plentiful in the deep forests
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Lush ferns are plentiful in the deep forests of Mashomack Preserve. (May 16, 2012)

A pair of wild mushrooms grow in an
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A pair of wild mushrooms grow in an opening of the deep forest at the Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. (May 16, 2012)

Visitors can hike a variety of trails to
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Visitors can hike a variety of trails to visit the different habitats at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. (May 16, 2012)

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A hiker studies the nature signs on display
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A hiker studies the nature signs on display at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island.

A volunteer pulls garlic mustard, a fast growing
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A volunteer pulls garlic mustard, a fast growing biennial that quickly takes over roadsides and forested areas at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. (March 2009)

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