William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge
82 Mulberry Ave
Staten Island, NY 10314
Wildlife Refuge: Birding, Hike, Picnic, Walk
Of the more than 1,700 parks in New York City, this wildlife refuge is the sixth largest, only 30 acres smaller than Central Park. Besides providing a green space for passive outdoor recreation, it also provides the surrounding community with water pollution filtration and a natural flood control system. Many birds make their homes in this park’s marshes, including herons (Ardea), egrets (Egretta), ibis (Threskiornithinae), cormorants (Phalacrocorax), and gulls (Larus). On the ground and in the water, snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina), fiddler crabs (Uca), and muskrats (Ondatra zibethica) can be seen throughout the site.