At Munn’s Ponds County Park, you can combine an educational visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center, with a walk around several ponds and through classic Pine Barrens forest. A tour along the pine-needled paths of this park conveys a surprisingly wild and isolated feeling. The Park is connected to the Sears Bellows Pond County Park on the other side of Sunrise Highway.
The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons is located at the entrance to Munn’s Ponds Park. The Center fields calls 365 days a year and their hospital staff and volunteers help Eastern Long Island’s distressed wildlife. It is a superb destination for educational groups. Visitors get to see such unusual species as osprey, gannet, and razor-billed auk. The staff aims to bring injured wildlife back to health so they can be released back into the wild. Some animals, however, are permanently injured, and the pens of this center are the only home they will know. The facility has a Raptor Flight Conditioning Building that is 100 feet long and 20 feet high. There is also a critical care center (a wildlife E.R.!).