TARGET ROCK WILDLIFE REFUGE by Toni Hoyos
What a lovely day for a visit to this 80 acre refuge on the north shore of Long Island in the Village of Lloyd Harbor. There are 3 well maintained walking trails. The 1 mile Warblers Loop Trail, the Rocky Beach Trail runs along the north shoreline and Gardners Path the shortest, has signs depicting wildlife species and habitats.
There’s an observation deck, a stairway leading to the 1/2 mile rocky beach popular for shore fishing, a brackish pond and several vernal ponds. There are also wetlands, cedar trees and a mature Oak-Hickory forest.
Target Rock is home to many various songbirds, herons, osprey, turtles, red fox, deer, wild turkey and several species of fish including striped bass, fluke and porgy.
The view from the deck is magnificent, peaceful and serene. Walk down the stairway to the rocky shore, breathe in the aromatic scent of Long Island Sound, hear the songbirds call, close your eyes and let your mind take you to your own special place.